Lesson Plan December 14, 2015

Fragile States and Our Communities: Part 4


Part 4: Take Action

Take action: Translate your ideas into appropriate actions to improve conditions.

Communicate ideas: Communicate your ideas with diverse audiences.


Take action to apply your learning on fragile states and your communities to make a difference or improve conditions.

Option 1:

As a class, brainstorm a list opportunities for personal or collaborative action to improve conditions (see below). Then, take action.

  1. Consider the definition of fragile states and research information on your school, your town, large city near you, your state, or country. What are the school dropout rates? How safe are the communities?
  2. Consider this Brookings article on on education and development.
  3. Are any of the ideas doable? What would the impact of the action be?

Option 2:

You have learned the importance of children attending and staying in school. Education is sometimes viewed as more of a privilege, or a chore, than a right. Sadly, some students decide to stop attending school regularly or decide to drop out of school altogether.

  1. Create a blog post, audiocast, sketch, song, poem, or video detailing what you learned about education in fragile states. Include the benefits of your own education, and convince other young people to regularly attend and stay in school as long as possible.

  2. Work with your teacher to decide who the audience for your product will be. Your final product can be shared with your school, the Twitter audience (hashtag to deliver to specific audiences, such as educators or citizens of specific countries you would like to reach), or local community organizations such as United Way or local homes for troubled youth.

Option 3:

As a class, submit a post to The United Nation's Voices of Youth Page on what they have learned, why it's important, and what they think people can do to take action. You may also be able read and comment, with teacher approval, on the writing of other students from around the world.

Option 4:

Consider all of the safety structures in your environment (school, home, and/or community) and the people who support those safety structures. Create a product, make a phone call, etc. explaining what you have learned, why it's important, and thanking the people for their service.

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