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The Global Oneness Project is a multimedia platform which offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Their award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues from around the world with a humanistic lens. Aligned with National standards, their curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking.

The Global Oneness Project is a multimedia platform which offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Their award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues from around the world with a humanistic lens. Aligned with National standards, their curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking.
The Nature of Happiness: Lesson Plan & Film
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The Nature of Happiness: Lesson Plan & Film

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In this lesson, students watch the short film, "Mr. Happy Man" by Matt Morris, which documents the life of 88-year-old Johnny Barnes, whose intention is to help others be happy. Barnes spends six hours a day at a traffic intersection in the capital city of Hamilton, sharing positive affirmations to passers-by. In classroom discussion, students examine the nature of happiness in their own lives, whether happiness is a choice, and if – and how - happiness can be shared. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Sports for Social Change: Lesson Plan & Film
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Sports for Social Change: Lesson Plan & Film

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Sports are used across the globe as a social and educational tool to promote leadership, foster role models, and support teamwork. A community youth sports program in South Africa offers positive life skills and a healthy environment for youth dialogue. Nolusindiso “Titie” Plaatjie knows that soccer can help kids “stay away from things that could destroy their lives” because that’s just what it did for her. In A Game for Life, we are taken to the soccer fields in the poor neighborhood of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where provincial soccer star, “Titie,” works with an innovative soccer program to educate local youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.
Living With Less Water: Lesson Plan & Film
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Living With Less Water: Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch the short film, "When a Town Runs Dry" by Joris Debeij, which examines the impact of the California drought on residents of Stratford, a small, Central Valley farming town. The Central Valley of California is the country’s most productive agricultural region and has been hard hit by the drought that has affected the western U.S. for the last 15 years. In this lesson, students explore environmental changes in their neighborhoods and towns and discuss the reverberating impacts of drought on human and natural resources. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
A Day in the Life: Lesson Plan & Film
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A Day in the Life: Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch the short film, "Amar," by Andrew Hinton, which documents a day in the life of a 14-year-old boy in India who applies focus and determination to achieve his goals. In the accompanying lesson, students examine the routines of their own lives and the lives of children around the world, and consider what motivates them throughout their daily tasks. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
What does it mean to be resilient? Lesson Plan & Film
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What does it mean to be resilient? Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch a short film, Everything is Incredible by Tyler Bastian, which tells the story of a Honduran man paralyzed from childhood polio and his fantastical commitment to creating a helicopter out of used and abandoned materials. In this lesson students explore the foundations of resilience and are encouraged to identify a source of creativity and perseverance resistant to the criticism of others. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Learning with Nature: Lesson Plan & Film
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Learning with Nature: Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch the short film, Into the Middle of Nowhere by Anna Frances Ewert, which follows a group of young children as they engage in imaginative play at an outdoor nursery in Scotland. In this lesson, students consider how interacting with nature can help young people develop confidence, creativity, and resilience. Students examine their personal habits regarding time spent outdoors vs. time spent indoors (particularly with electronics) and reflect on their own unique relationships with the natural world. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Clowning Around: Lesson Plan & Film
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Clowning Around: Lesson Plan & Film

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The clown is an entertainer, an integral social figure across cultures for centuries. Clowns can characterize society and provide a comedic way of viewing the world. Laugh Clown Laugh offers a portrait of Berlin based clown Reinhard “Filou” Horstkotte. The role of the clown, for Reinhard, is not just to entertain, but to explore the whole human being including all of the contradictions. For him, there is truly more to being a clown than laughter.
Resiliency Among the Salmon People: Lesson Plan & Film
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Resiliency Among the Salmon People: Lesson Plan & Film

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As traditional communities such as the Yupâik in Alaska face a variety of changes, cultural traditions and wisdom passed on from elders help them to sustain their way of life. Set in the remote Alaskan Yukon Delta, Yukon Kings follows Yup’ik fisherman Ray Waska as he teaches his grandkids how to fish during the summer salmon run. With environmental and cultural forces threatening their subsistence way of life, Ray holds onto the hope that his grandsons will one day pass on the traditional knowledge to their children.
Flamenco - A Cross-Cultural Art Form: Lesson Plan & Film
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Flamenco - A Cross-Cultural Art Form: Lesson Plan & Film

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Flamenco is an art form rooted in the Spanish culture for generations. Today, flamenco is popular all over the world and is taught in many countries. Set in Seville, Spain, this short film follows a day in the life of flamenco guitarist Juan Ramírez. Through his eyes, we experience Soleá—the mother of flamenco—and Juan’s unusual journey to master his craft.
Communities on the Threshold of Change: Lesson Plan & Film
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Communities on the Threshold of Change: Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch a short film, Santa Cruz del Islote by Luke Lorentzen, about a small, peaceful, island off the coast of Colombia, South America, where life is changing due to diminishing fish stocks and shifting resources. In this lesson, students experience life on this unique island through the eyes of a fisherman and a young schoolboy. Students explore the challenges of living in their own communities and consider personal responses to the inevitability of change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
The Value of Sports: Unifying a Community - Lesson Plan & Film
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The Value of Sports: Unifying a Community - Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch a film, "I am Yup’ik" by Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, about a 16-year-old basketball player from the tiny village of Toksook Bay in Alaska. The film explores the power of basketball, which unites the community and creates hope and pride throughout the young team, family members, and the community-at-large. In this lesson, students explore the themes of identity, resilience, and youth awareness and empowerment. In a class discussion, students make a list of the main character’s struggles and challenges and discuss the qualities and characteristics of the Yup’ik culture. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Our Shared Humanity: Lesson Plan & Film
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Our Shared Humanity: Lesson Plan & Film

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"Students watch the short film, "My Enemy, My Brother," by Ann Shin, which follows two former enemy soldiers as they meet twenty years after battle under extraordinary circumstances. In this lesson, students examine human connections across cultural divides and explore the themes of bravery and peace. In a classroom discussion, students consider what it means to act from one's conscience in the face of pressure to conform. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story." English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Resurrecting a Home: Lesson Plan & Film
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Resurrecting a Home: Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch a short film, "Minka," by Davina Pardo, about two friends who restore an ancient Japanese farmhouse in the 1970's using traditional building methods. In this lesson, students explore the impacts of traditional building and architectural restoration on individuals' cultural identity, connection to the land, and sense of home. Students also discuss the power of film in storytelling. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
The Power to Persevere: Lesson Plan & Film
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The Power to Persevere: Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch a short film, "Making it in America," by Joris Debeij, about a single mother and Salvadoran immigrant struggling to realize her goals in America. In this lesson, students learn about the sacrifices many immigrants make as they transition to lives in the United States and the perseverance needed to succeed. Students explore the concepts of, "The American Dream," and, "Land of Opportunity," in relation to the immigrant experience as well as to their own lives. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Valuing an Ancient Vocation: Lesson Plan & Film
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Valuing an Ancient Vocation: Lesson Plan & Film

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In this lesson, students watch the short film, "The Last Ice Merchant" by Sandy Patch, which tells the story of Baltazar Ushca who has harvested the glacial ice on the highest altitudes of Mount Chimborazo, the tallest mountain in Ecuador, for over 50 years. Cultural changes in this small indigenous community led his brothers to seek other work, but Baltazar continues on alone, the last ice merchant of Chimborazo. In classroom discussion, students examine an ancient vocation and the impacts of modernization and climate change on an old way of life. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Practicing Empathy: Lesson Plan & Film
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Practicing Empathy: Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch a 12-minute film, "Wright’s Law," by Zack Conkle, about a unique high school physics teacher and his perspective on life. In this lesson, students discuss the meaning of empathy and what role it plays in their lives. Through classroom discussion, students explore the themes of social and emotional learning and positive role models. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Protecting Wilderness: Lesson Plan & Film
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Protecting Wilderness: Lesson Plan & Film

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In this lesson, students watch a 14-minute film, "Among Giants," by Rainhouse Cinema, about an environmental activist who risks injury and incarceration to protect an ancient redwood grove in California. In this lesson, students discuss the film and participate in classroom dialogues, exploring themes such as courage, empathy toward nature, and environmental justice. They will analyze the effectiveness of digital media and the choices made by the activist. Reflective writing prompts are also offered for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Relocating Residents: The Impact of Housing on Community - Lesson Plan & Film
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Relocating Residents: The Impact of Housing on Community - Lesson Plan & Film

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Students watch a short film, "Even the Walls" by Sarah Kuck and Saman Maydani, about the residents of a low-income housing development in Seattle, WA, as they prepare for relocation. In this lesson, students examine how the design of housing and neighborhoods can shape one’s experience of community. In classroom discussion, students consider the importance of community in decision-making about low-income housing and urban development. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Building a Community of Trust: Lesson Plan & Film
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Building a Community of Trust: Lesson Plan & Film

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Youth are kept on the margins of society in urban areas where violence and gang activity is high. Organizations and individuals who focus on community youth development and conflict resolution can transform violence into peace. Set in Guayaquil Ecuador, Barrio de Paz tells the story of peace worker Nelsa Libertad Curbelo and the city’s gang youth, who have left behind a life of crime to come together and provide services to their struggling community. Loved like a mother, Nelsa has helped the gangs channel their need for unity, structure, and love into the power to participate in society. Connections to National Standards Common Core English Language Arts. SL.9-10.1 and SL.11-12.1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 [or 11-12] topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Common Core English Language Arts. SL.11-12.1.c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives. College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. D2.Geo.5.9-12. Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.