The Global Lives Project can provoke meaningful dialogue in the classroom by going beyond the lesson of
the day into enduring understandings about global citizenship that students carry with them for the rest of
their lives. This can be particularly profound for an adolescent who is constantly evolving his/her own
values and place in the world.
To this end, the Global Lives Project is pleased to offer our Unheard Stories curriculum to educators.
Unheard Stories is a 60-page empathy-based curriculum aligned
to Common Core Standards. It was developed in partnership with
the Stanford Graduate School of Education for middle school
students although its lessons and units can be used with a variety
of grade levels and abilities.
This standalone two-week curriculum utilizes the free Global Lives
Project video collection to engage students in storytelling activities.
The curriculum is based on the premise that students first need to
understand themselves before trying to understand others,
including how their values and backgrounds shape their
perceptions of others. The curriculum is broken up into three parts
leading students on a continuum from self-understanding, to
understanding of others, to empathy and social justice in society.
Each of the three parts contains lesson overviews with goals as well as main activities and assessment
suggestions. Detailed lesson plans follow the overviews and include duration, warm-up exercises, links to
Global Lives videos, homework and resources.
Working with graduates of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, we designed and measured the
impacts of the Global Lives education program. These are the initial results*:
*Results based on 75 respondents at Palo Alto High School who experienced a Global Lives exhibit and
portions of the Unheard Stories Curriculum. Results compiled by Nitara Dandapani, MA,Stanford,
International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis.