Classroom Curriculum

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

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.

Buy the spiral-bound printed version from Amazon.

Download a free PDF of Unheard Stories from our Educator page.

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*:

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*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.