Youth Perspectives as Primary Sources
A special issue of Panorama, the online magazine of TakingITGlobal, was dedicated to the Millennium Development Goals and One World Youth Project Ambassadors from seven countries maintain a group blog that details the issues they have identified in their communities and action projects they are undertaking. Using these articles, students can apply previous learning about primary sources to understand the perspectives of youth around the world who are identifying issues and addressing the Goals in their communities.
Time Required: 1-2 class periods, or as self-directed activities for out-of-class time.
This activity introduces students to the MDGs as they are experienced and addressed by youth. Students will learn to identify primary sources and understand how different opinions on a subject are shaped by personal experience and perspective.
1. Ask students to read at least one article in Panorama and write a response to the author. Students may wish to share their response as a TIGblog entry or directly respond to the author using the commenting tools on TakingITGlobal.
2. If students have already participated in the Newspaper Activity, encourage them to write an additional blog entry that synthesizes both sources of information, comparing and contrasting the way the MDGs are presented, and exploring reasons for any similarities and differences.
3. As an additional entry, ask students to write their own article to serve as a primary source on the MDGs for their community and submit their writing to the Student Writing section of the TIGed classroom to create a class magazine on the MDGs.
You may also wish to search the TIGed Collaboration Registry for a partner group to co-publish an online magazine and exchange perspectives.The TakingITGlobal Featured Theme page on the MDGs also has a comprehensive list of resources on youth participation around these issues. Students can select from these reports to read first-hand accounts of how young people around the world are working to make poverty history:
This activity was developed as part of the Educator's Guide to the Millennium Development Goals, created by TakingITGlobal and the One World Youth Project.
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