Oral or Written Reports
Have your students do oral or written reports on people in third-world countries, such as Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Yemen, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Rwanda or Malawi. You could have students work by themselves or in pairs for this activity. Ask students to use multiple sources, such as books, magazines and Websites, so that they gain experience using sources from the library as well as conducting research online. Direct students to Web sites that have information on countries, such as the CIA World Factbook Website. You could ask students to present information in their report in a variety of ways, such as a PowerPoint presentation, a journal from a fake person living in the country, a simulated newspaper article, a skit or puppet show, a news report, an interview with a made-up person from the country, a song, a poem, a basic written or oral report or an e-mail correspondence with a fake individual from the country.
Provide a sheet with guidelines for how you want students to present ideas and what information you want them to include. List the different types of information that you want your students to find about people living in their chosen or assigned countries. Give students different options because finding some information could be difficult.
You could ask students to answer any of the following questions:
(1) What types of jobs do people in the country have?
(2) What is the economy in the country like?
(3) How much money do people make on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?
(4) What types of homes do people live in?
(5) What percentage of people in the country live in rural areas? In cities?
(6) What types of diseases are people in the country susceptible to?
(7) What are the major factors causing poverty in the country?
(8) What is the age expectancy for people in the country?
(9) What type of diet do people in the country have?
(10) What efforts have been or are being made to help people in the country?