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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Economics, History, English Language Arts

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  • Lesson Plans
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 58 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Worksheets
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Videos, 9 minutes, 59 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessments

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PDF, Downloadable MP4/M4V

Globalization and the Environment

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  • This online course discusses the causes of environmental change over recent centuries, how changes to the environment affect different groups of people, how resource competition and depletion can cause conflicts, and what the world might be like in 2050.
  • It includes videos, a UN Sustainable Development Goals worksheet, activities, articles, reading guides, a graphic biography, a writing assignment, and an assessment.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource does a great job of summarizing information, activating prior knowledge, helping students think critically, and allowing students to work on their writing skills with a self-assessment writing rubric.
  • The graphic biography is an excellent way to introduce the impact of development on Indigenous communities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers and students will need to set up an account using an email address in order to access the material.
  • This is part of a series of courses provided by OER.
  • The PDF worksheets are available for download to print off for students.
  • Students will need access to a computer and Internet connection to use the online features.


  • Younger students will benefit from the vocabulary worksheet, summaries, and guided reading sheets.
  • High school students could have group discussions about the topics covered and then present a summary of the course to the class.
  • The topics covered in this lesson could apply to economics, geography, and civics classes.
  • Have students discuss the connections between economic systems that rely on consumption and growth and the inability of natural systems on Earth to support indefinite growth in resource use.
Scientist Notes
The resource guides students to understand 6 of the 17 UN SDGs and the need to take action in their local communities. It underscores how globalization has influenced human activities and deepened inequalities in their communities. It also spotlights "The Anthropocene," which explains the idea about how increasing human activities, technology, and knowledge-sharing have impacted the environment, creating conflicts over natural resources distribution and making it difficult to predict environmental changes and challenges in the future. The resource appears to be a compendium for introducing students to environmental resources management and sustainable development. Thus, this resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.11.9-12 Evaluate how economic globalization and the expanding use of scarce resources contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among countries.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.1.9-12 Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.1 Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
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