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Lesson Plan May 2, 2016

Roger Thurow's The First 1,000 Days, Exploring the Global Impacts of Malnutrition

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Questions for Roger Thurow's video for The Chicago Council on Global Affairs:

  1. What is stunting? What causes it?
  2. What is the impact of malnutrition and stunting?
  3. Where will Roger Thurow report? What is he hoping to find out?

Questions for the first chapter of The First 1,000 Days by Roger Thurow:

  1. What is happening to a child’s body within the first 1,000 days of its life?
  2. What are the impacts of being stunted at birth?
  3. What advice does Susan give to pregnant women about what they should do in their first two years of the lives of their children?
  4. What picture do you get of Uganda based on the opening? What language makes that image clear?
  5. Why doesn’t Jessica from Chicago choose the healthy options at her school?
  6. How can parasites and illness disrupt the body’s growing process?
  7. What does it mean to be micronutrient deficient?
  8. How many deaths of children under five are attributed to malnourishment?
  9. How can malnutrition impact a country’s economy?
  10. On page 12, why does Thurow conclude with the list starting, “a poem not written….” What is the impact of this section?
  11. What are some governments doing to combat malnutrition?
  12. What is SUN? How many countries are involved?
  13. On page 18, Thurow writes, “But as we shall see, the way to success is strewn with real-world obstacles big and small.” Predict: What might be some of the obstacles to combating malnutrition?
  14. What countries are being studied throughout the book, and what details does Thurow share about that country?
  15. Predict: What do you think will be some of the factors leading to malnutrition in the countries Thurow will explore? Who do you think the author will interview as part of his investigation in each country?

Questions for Uganda: Learning in the Shade:

  1. How is the reporting in this slideshow report similar to or different from than the introduction to the book? Make a list of similarities and differences.

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