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Updated by Seth Barclay on Jun 17, 2015
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21st Century Learners for 9th Graders


This is a very interesting lesson looking at the concept of leadership through the lens of Nelson Mandela. I was particularly taken with how he treated his political enemies by enlisting them as advisors, but being aware that they were still his rivals.

Digital Literacy and Online Ethics

Students learn how to navigate their way through online culture by both learning how to find appropriate online resources for information gathering, but also in how to express themselves when discussing things online, both in and out of the scholastic world.


This is a fun series of smaller lessons that can be done, mostly without technology (Remember What if all the computers were broken?). These remind me a lot of activities that I initially did as a Communications major to form the basis of what we were to study. The internet safety lesson is a bit fear-monger based and a little outdated, but the others are still solid.

Emotional Intelligence: BetterLesson

Using short films, students gain practice in naming and verbalizing emotions, allowing them better understanding of their own. This lesson is part of a series, so a little review at the outset may be necessary when trying it with your won students. I expecially liked the self-critique at the bottom.

Entrepreneurship: Fundraising can be Fun | Biz Kids Lesson Plan | Lesson 510

You're not getting anywhere without money, right? Starting with the idea of a fundraiser for charity, this lesson goes through identifying your cause, setting up an event, and getting everything organized. If the students feel charitable later in life, then they're set. If they're feeling a little more mercenary, these will also be good basic skills when trying to get funds to start a company.

Global Citizenship

If you're looking looking to work on a global perspective, I'm hard-pressed to thing of any group better qualified. Pg. 10 gets you to the first in a series of lessons on global citizenship, and I'm especially fond of the 2nd lesson in which global citizenship is compared with U.S. citizenship.

No Quick Fix? Developing Problem-Solving Skills

This is an interesting approach to problem solving, starting with the students' own problems, leading to a group activity based on a student selected school problem (although some extra guidance may be necessary when selecting those). These set up good analysis skills for identifying and defining problems, as well as developing some skills for solving them outside of a purely academic context.

What Characteristics do You Want on Your Team? A High School Activity to Teach Teamwork Skills

When we ask students to form groups, we're usually asking them to go sit with their friends. This activity sidesteps that somewhat. After the students have gone to sit with their friends (if you let them self-select), they'll still need to pick a team from a list to perform a certain task. I liked the additional thought that had to go into thinking about who the students might want to work with in a real-world situation, as opposed to just wanting to work with people with whom the like to talk.