Global Citizen

Topic: Being a Global Citizen

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will understand the meaning of being a global responsible citizen and its importance in the world today.


  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Handouts on the topic (optional)


  • Ask students if they have heard of the term "global citizen".
  • Ask them to think about what it means to be a global citizen and what responsibilities it entails.
  • Write their answers on the whiteboard.

Direct Instruction

  • Explain that being a global citizen means taking responsibility for our actions and decisions as they impact not only our own community, but also people and the environment around the world.
  • Discuss some of the ways in which we can be global citizens, such as by recycling, reducing our carbon footprint, and donating to charities.
  • Emphasize the importance of being informed about global issues and making conscious decisions about our actions and purchases.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups and give each group a few global issues to research, such as climate change or inequality.
  • Have the groups create a presentation on their issue using a tool such as Google Slides or Prezi, and share their presentations with the class.
  • During the presentations, have the class think about ways they could be global citizens in response to the issue being discussed.

Independent Practice

  • Have the students choose one global issue that they want to learn more about, and create a project that helps to raise awareness about it. This could be a poster, presentation, or research report.
  • As they work on their projects, have the students think about ways they can be global citizens in response to their chosen issue.


  • Have the students share their projects with the class, and discuss ways that they can become global citizens and contribute to solving the issues they have learned about. Materials
  • Copies of the "Six Principles of Global Citizenship" handout for each student
  • A globe for each student
  • A copy of the "Global Citizen Action Plan" for each student

Instructional Plan

  • Begin the lesson by having the students reflect on the meaning of being a global citizen, and brainstorm ways that they can contribute to solving the issues that they have learned about.
  • Have the students break into small groups to brainstorm ideas for a global citizen action plan.
  • Have the students present their global citizen action plans to the class, and discuss ways that they can implement them in their own lives.

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