Lesson Packet

Grades 9-12

Rich and Poor unit

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SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, United Nations, Wealth & Poverty

Resource Overview

Thematic unit for the high school classroom explores economic issues in the US and around the world.

Includes teaching materials on the global wealth gap and the U.S. wealth gap, inequities in resource distribution, the Sustainable Development Goals, and poverty reduction strategies.

Features of This Resource

  • Unit includes 4 lesson plans, 1 case study reading, and 1 background reading.
  • Lesson for teaching the SDGs and their place in
  • Students use historical thinking skills to analyze primary source documents.

Unit Lesson Plans & Readings

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Lesson Plans

Food for Thought

- Acting as residents of five major world regions, students compare various statistics that affect people’s health and well-being. Students will...

Hill of Beans

- Students compare wealth of the average person in the world to that of a person living in the U.S. and...

The Global Goals

- Students research and create a visual display summarizing a Sustainable Development Goal then consider the role of social progress in...

Making it in America

- Students investigate U.S. wealth distribution and analyze historic documents related to the American Dream.


Combating Global Poverty

- Poverty background reading: More than one billion people around the world live in poverty and lack adequate sanitation, healthcare and...

Anti-Poverty Projects: Scaling Up Effective Innovations

- Rich and poor case study reading: There are already great inventions for reducing global poverty. Now, they just need to...

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