Course(s)/Subject(s): Social Studies
Grade Level(s): Eighth
Key Words: Social Studies, technology, embassy, ambassador, passport, visa
Developer(s) Name: Thomas Jones
School: Carl Sandburg
Approximate Time Frame: Two class periods (one on computer; one in the classroom)
Materials/Equipment Needed: One computer for each student (with Internet capability), attached to printer
Description of Lesson (includes
- What is the objective of this lesson? The objective of this lesson is for students to gain a better understanding of human geography. They will learn how to adapt to life in a foreign country, through the access of U.S. embassies overseas, via the Internet.
What will we examine as evidence of students' knowledge and/or skill?
selected country and what they learned from the Internet.
What exactly will the students and teacher do during the lesson?
- "You have each been given the name of a (Central American or
country. Explore the Internet to find the website for the U.S. Embassy of the country
you have been assigned. If you need assistance or cannot locate it, please let me know--
afteryou have attempted several searches. Print out a copy of the Home Page for that
- "Using the information on the web, answer the questions on the
sheet I have provided
for you (there will be a list of six or seven questions about the country -- What is/are
the predominant languages in the country? What kind of money will you need and how
does it convert to American money? What kinds of job opportunities are available to
Americans right now in that country? What are some of the major laws that I might
need to be familiar with? Do I need any shots? What kinds of medical treatment are
available? How will I travel about? What about food and lodging?). Tomorrow, we
will be sharing information with our classmates, and we will see how some countries
vary in terms of money, employment, culture and customs."
- Teachers must be cognizant of the fact that some students will
want to "stray" when
given Internet access. It is important that they circulate and keep students on task. It is
also important for teachers to have a list of the different websites for the countries being
researched, to avoid a lot of frustration and wasted time on behalf of the students.
Teachers should also challenge the students with probing questions, that might be
asked over the Internet (for those students who want to take their research one step
further). Do not give students the absolute freedom to print -- I always have students
raise their hands before accessing the print mode, so that I can monitor activities and
What options in presentation(s) and/or response(s) are suggested in order to provide the opportunity for all students to demonstrate achievement of the benchmark(s) and indicator(s)?
Some students (ESL, in particular) can benefit by being given the opportunity to research a country that they have family ties to/with.