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Rising Up From Drought Together

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 17 June

Learn Together

Sing along with the UNCCD Land Anthem “Born from the Land” with Ricky Kej and Baaba Maal, released in 2019.

Ricky Kej is known internationally as a music composer, a No.1 artist on the United States Billboard chart and a Grammy Award winner for his album titled Winds of Samsara.

Baaba Maal is a world-renowned musician from Africa. He lent his unique voice to the soundtrack of the international blockbuster Black Panther, which won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for its music score.

Download the lyrics in your language

Explore and Discover

Droughtland

Thirsty for adventure? Dare to explore the one-of-a-kind experiences of Droughtland,

the country with dryness of land, but not of spirit.

https://droughtland.com/ 

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Rising Up From Drought Together

Forecasts estimate that by 2050 droughts may affect over three-quarters of the world’s population.

The number and duration of droughts has increased by 29 percent since 2000, as compared to the two previous decades (WMO 2021). When more than 2.3 billion people already face water stress, this is a huge problem. More and more of us will be living in areas with extreme water shortages, including an estimated one in four children by 2040 (UNICEF). No country is immune to drought (UN-Water 2021).

This year, the theme of the International Day Against Desertification, and Drought “Rising up from drought together”, emphasises the need of an early action to avoid disastrous consequences for humanity and the planetary ecosystems.

https://www.un.org/en/observances/desertification-day 

Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routine

Same Different Connect Engage

This week’s thinking routine from the Project Zero Thinking Routine Toolbox is Same Different Connect Engage. A routine to nurture empathetic perspective taking and bridge building.

Look at the picture below and answer the questions.

Same In what ways might this person and you be similar?

Different In what ways might the person and you be different? 

Connect In what ways might the person and you be connected as human beings? 

Engage What would you like to ask, say, or do with the person if you had the chance?



Download the template below to record your thinking or unpack your thinking in your writers notebook.

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Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write

Prompt 1

Draw a cartoon to show what it’s like to live in Droughtland Explore the droughtland website to inspire your ideas https://droughtland.com/

Use these examples from the website to inspire your writing.

Prompt 2

Some actions that could help to reduce desertification are:

  • Reforestation and tree regeneration.
  • Water management — saving, reuse of treated water, rainwater harvesting, desalination, or direct use of seawater for salt-loving plants.
  • Buttressing the soil through the use of sand fences, shelter belts, woodlots and windbreaks.
  • Enrichment and hyper-fertilizing of soil through planting.
  • Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), enabling native sprouting tree growth through selective pruning of shrub shoots. The residue from pruned tress can be used to provide mulching for fields thus increasing soil water retention and reducing evaporation.

Choose one action, research and write an information report explaining what the action is and how it could reduce desertifcation.

Prompt 3

Desertification

Watch – When A Town Run Dry a video by Global Oneness Project

Think about your own home, neighborhood, or town. What changes have you noticed locally? Have you noticed less rain and drought conditions, or more rain and increased storms? In what ways have these environmental changes impacted you, your families, and your community?

Make a brief video here https://flipgrid.com/54476c97 to tell us about your community and the environmental impacts you have faced.

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place your thinking or writing work on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about your writing or creations on Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of choice and share your great work with a global audience.

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality

Mental Health Care For All: Let's Make It A Reality

Mental health does not discriminate. Battling depression and anxiety for the past 25 years I have never shone away from talking about my journey, dark days and times when I really felt like I could not go on. It was talking and sharing my story that allowed me to help others and provide an ear they could talk to. This World Mental Health Day my message is simple ‘Look after each other, but mostly look after yourself. Never feel alone’. 

Bronwyn Joyce Founder and Creator of The Global Write

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.

Yet there is cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations.

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/2021

Let's Take A Writing Journey Together

What is a Writer’s Notebook Seed?

Writing seeds are the ideas, thoughts or triggers that help inspire new writing. They can be teacher directed or collected by the student in their Writer’s Notebook.

 

This weeks resources are from MargD Teaching Posters
http://margdteachingposters.weebly.com/writers-notebooks.html

Plant Your Seed

Unpacking our thinking can look like many different things, we can use thinking routines, mind mapping and we can also use templates and organisers to support recording our thoughts. 

 

When we think about Mental Health Day what a great way to come together than to share the things we love and hold so close to our hearts. You can do this in so many different ways. You can use the template supplied or you can draw your own heart in your notebook and fill it with words, phrases, quotes, cut outs, pictures and drawings. 

Questions to start you off by Georgia Heard

Template

Sample Ideas

To bring awareness to Mental Health Day this week we are going to share our hearts on a global Padlet. Add your heart by clicking on the +, Let’s make it the biggest and best yet.

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

You can also see my Heart Map on the Padlet https://padlet.com/34jourglobalcla/b4i8e3snaljep5ei

Let's Write Together

Prompt 1

Using http://Buncee.com create your own I Promise …. Poster like these from the Mental health Australia Website https://lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au/ 

Take a look at my Buncee and my promise for World Mental Health Day.

Prompt 2

Green is the colour for World Mental Health Day as you can see in this picture.

Write a Poem to signify mental health. It could be a green poem, a personal poem and a poem to share feelings and emotions.

Here are some Mental Health Poems Example

 

Prompt 3

This week’s Flipgrid prompt is from the Flipgrid Discovery Lab and is about building mental health. 

 

Go to https://flipgrid.com/5178ccae and watch Mike Smith’s video where he talks about building mental health. 

Mike Smith message is –

No matter how old, how successful, how much money, or how many people love you, we are still human and feel lows and frustrations from time to time. It’s important to learn how to take care of yourself and cope with emotions. How do you practice mental wellness?

Make a flipgrid video sharing the following things with us:

 

What do you do to decompress or relax? What do you do to make yourself feel better if you’re sad? And who’s that person you like to have with you because they brighten up your day?

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

 

This week Leonie and the amazelab team are sharing with you all a collaboration they had the utter joy of working alongside Dr Lizzie Burns on creating an origami rainbow (it’s also going to feature in a book!) 

It’s part of ‘We can Origami’ also thanks to the National Lottery through Origami pulse in support of creativity and well being. All you need is paper! 

Here is Dr Lizzie showing you how to create the rainbow:

The amazelab team would love to see your paper rainbows. Share them with us on the Global Write Padlet:

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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Tourism for Inclusive Growth

PHOTO:UN Composition with photographs under Creative Common license.

Tourism is one of the world’s most important economic sectors. It employs one in every ten people on Earth and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more

United Nations

Tourism for Inclusive Growth

Tourism is a recognized pillar of most – if not all – the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), particularly Goals 1 (no poverty), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduce inequalities).


Help the United Nations promote International Tourism Day and the value of tourism. The impact of COVID-19 on tourism will cost the world economy 4 trillion dollars. Developing countries will be among the most affected ones. https://www.un.org/en/observances/tourism-day

Let's Take A Writing Journey Together

Ralph Fletcher Teacher Hangout http://ralphfletcher.com/teacher-handouts/

Plant Your Seed

Living in Australia and missing the opportunity to host so many of my friends from around the world when COVID caused OGC2020 to be cancelled. I want to take you on a virtual tour of my home land via a Picture Story Book written by Alison Lester ‘Are We There Yet’.

Our unpacking activity this week is mind mapping. A diagram used to visually organise information. I would love to know all the places you learnt about in the story. Create a mind map with Australia in the middle and share all the places you visited with Alison Lester. 

This week you have two ways to create your mind map:

  1. Create a written map in your writer’s notebook
  2. Create your mind map using https://miro.com/ 

This week I have shared my unpacking both ways. What you will see is a collection of facts and information. When you prepare to writing piece it is important to collect research and information to help you decide on what genre you may like to create your draft.

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

See my mind map on Miro at https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_luhJArE=/

See my sketch noted mind map

Let's Write Together

Prompt 1



Using http://Buncee.com create a brochure to promote your town or city. Buncee has great brochure templates you can use. 

Share your Buncee with us on The Global Write Buncee Board.

Prompt 2

Using https://bookcreator.com/ or https://www.canva.com/search/templates?q=storyboard create a story like ‘Are We There Yet?’ about your city, state, country or a dream country you’d like to visit. Find out about your choice and research. Make sure you include a map so we know where your journey begins and finishes. Be sure to highlight landmarks and significant places of interest in your travels. 

Share your book on The Global Write Wakelet. 

See my ebook created with Book Creator.

Prompt 3

 

Summer holidays are starting in the Southern Hemisphere and Winter Holidays in the Northern Hemisphere. This year is different as many people decide to stay at home or go sightseeing in their own country.

Let’s see it as an opportunity to appreciate the place where you live.

 

Answer the questions.

 

  1. In your country what are your top 3 summer/winter destinations and why?
  2. If you could choose only one of these places to visit, which would it be and why?
  3. Which places are hidden gems where you live that tourists don’t visit but should?

 

Share your opinions in a flipgrid response.

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

 

Welcome to my world! 

 

Your challenge is to invent a new world and invite people to join you and enjoy it as part of their holiday!

 

What will your world be called?

What is so special about your world?

Why should people visit?

What will they do there?

How will they get there? 

What’s the ideal length of time to stay? 

 

 

 

Create a tourism poster including all the great reasons to visit your world to show people and advertise to them why they should visit you! 

 

Really looking forward to seeing them. It will be great to escape and visualise your dream place. 

 

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about it in a short video on our Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of your choice and share your great work with the AMAZELAB Team.

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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PEACE

Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-peace 

Who will you make peace with on September 21st?

Let's Take A Writing Journey Together

Ralph Fletcher Teacher Hangout http://ralphfletcher.com/teacher-handouts/

Plant Your Seed

Reading Like A Writer

This week we are trying something new – TALK TO THE AUTHOR. This strategy can be used to unpack thinking pre-writing or to assist with comprehension of texts. 

Procedure

  • Read, listen and watch the lyrics below to the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.
  • Reflecting on the lyric sentences or phrases, comment, ask questions or sketch your thinking as if you are talking to the author. Now because the author isn’t available, these comments, questions and drawings need to be written alongside the text. 
  • When commenting the responses can be written or drawn in visual pictures to represent thinking. Students are to respond in a way that demonstrates their deep thinking about the text. 

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write Together

Prompt 1

Who will you make peace with? Tell us about how you can make someone’s life better by making peace with them. What will you do, what will you say? Make a poster, create a buncee and share on the Buncee board who you will make peace with this PEACE DAY. 

These sentence starters might help you get going.

 

World Peace is important to me because ……

Thus Peace Day I will make peace with somebody by ……

Making peace with …….. Is important because …….

Prompt 2

Here is an example of a PEACE Pledge

I pledge to do my part to create PEACE for one and all.

I pledge to use my words in a kind way and respect others.

I pledge to help others throughout the day with my actions.

I pledge to support the right to peace for anyone being bullied.

I pledge to stand up against Crime and Bribery, Inequality, and Discrimination.

I pledge to take care of our earth and the environment when I make daily choices.

 

Write your own Peace Ambassador Pledge video and share it in a Flipgrid or create a Buncee and post to our Buncee Board. Start your pledge video with the following introduction:

I ___________of Grade___________ of __________School from _________ (country), hereby Pledge to be a Peace Ambassador

I pledge to ……….

I pledge to ………..

I pledge to ……….

I pledge to ………..

I pledge to …………

I pledge to …………..

Prompt 3

This week’s final prompt comes from Susan Verde’s teaching guide with activities that can be used in connection with the stories.

As we are learning about International Peace day listen to Susan read her story ‘I am Peace’

Now look at the questions that Susan has suggested: 

QUESTIONS (GRADES K-2) 

After reading this book, name one thing you could do every day to be mindful? Draw a picture of yourself doing this mindful practice. 

QUESTIONS (GRADES 3-5) 

When you feel yourself getting carried away like the boy in the story, or like your emotions are escalating, how can you find your anchor? Write or draw a picture showing how you find your anchor or doing what calms you down. 

 

Post your pictures and writing to The Global Write Wakelet

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

 

This week’s challenge is to design a peace symbol.

 

What does peace mean to you? 

What message would you like to get across? 

How will you make sure it’s accessible and understood by all? 

You are able to draw or model your new peace symbol. 

 

Really looking forward to seeing your designs 🙂

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about it in a short video on our Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of your choice and share your great work with the AMAZELAB Team.

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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Communication Is A Basic Human Right

Let's Take A Writing Journey Together

Ralph Fletcher Teacher Hangout http://ralphfletcher.com/teacher-handouts/

Plant Your Seed

Let’s meet Jordyn Zimmerman

Watch the video or choose any of these short articles below, have your teacher read about Jordyn to you or you could read about her story yourself. She is an absolute inspiration and someone we can all learn from. She exemplifies the power of student voice.

Communication as a basic human right

https://www.assistiveware.com/blog/communication-as-a-basic-right

STUDENT VOICE: As a person with autism, I spend lots of time studying, attending class — and explaining that I am not deaf

https://hechingerreport.org/student-voice-person-autism-spend-lots-time-studying-attending-class-explaining-not-deaf/ 

A Letter to my IEP team

https://themighty.com/2015/11/a-letter-to-my-iep-team1/

Using the Harvard Project Zero Thinking Routine – Unveiling Stories. Using this skill you will unpack the multiple layers of meaning to understand Jordyn’s journey of communication. 
In your Writer’s Notebook use these questions to lead your thinking about Jordyn Zimmerman’s Story after exploring the articles:

 

What is the story?
What is the human story?
What is the world story?
What is the new story?
What is the untold story?

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write Together

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting

David Bowie

Prompt 1

Write Jordyn Zimmerman a letter. Post your letter to The Global Write Wakelet and we will share it with Jordyn. 

 

NOTE TO TEACHERS – If you wanted to email your student letters to theglobalwrite@gmail.com we would be happy to pass them on to Jordyn.

Prompt 2

Journalists can tell a story using many different media: writing, video, audio, illustration—the possibilities are endless. Journalists who use photos to tell stories are called photojournalists. Let’s take a look at how photojournalists use photography skills to engage their audience, and to communicate themes, ideas, and feelings that are central to their story.

https://ourphotostories.com.au/stories/ 

Photo stories are a way we can communicate. Find a photo or photos and create your own photo story about anything that interests you. Use Buncee to make your photo story come to life. Or you could use one of these to create photos to write a story.

Prompt 3

Sign language is another form of communication. Listen to the story of the Sign Language Buddies, a beautiful story of friendship.

 

Learn the Alphabet and share your learning with us in a video. Maybe you could also share your name or a short story.

View the video to get some tips. 

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

This week we’d like you all to become science communicators, but what’s a science communicator we hear you ask?! Have you heard of David Attenborough? He’s a famous science communicator. 

Your first task is to research the role of the science communicator, what it is they do and why it’s important. 

Find your favourite science communicator (even check out our social media and YouTube as we do a lot of this at Amazelab!) What do you like about them? How have they influenced you? 

Become your very own science communicator. Research a topic you’d like to communicate to others, presenting it how you would like! Ideas include making a video, sharing it with your class or to the school in an assembly or maybe an article for a newsletter. 

Really looking forward to seeing these! 

Take a look at some of the amazing AMAZELAB Science Communicators.

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about it in a short video on our Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of your choice and share your great work with the AMAZELAB Team.

Teacher Resources

For more information on the Unveiling Stories thinking routine go to http://www.pz.harvard.edu/resources/unveiling-stories

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide

One of three adult literacy classrooms in Gao, Mali constructed and equipped by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

PHOTO: UN Photo/Harandane Dicko

“Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”

International Literacy Day, September 8th 

Did you know?

  • 773 million adults and young people lack basic literacy skills;
  • 617 million children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics;
  • During the initial phase of the pandemic, schools were closed disrupting the education of 62.3 percent of the world’s student population of 1.09 billion;
  • Adult literacy and education were absent in initial education response plans, therefore many youth and adults with no or low literacy skills have had limited access to life-saving information.

Source: UNESCO

10 Targets for Education… with Elyx!

Ensuring that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults achieve literacy and numeracy is one of the ten targets for SDG 4: Education. Join Elyx, the UN’s first digital ambassador, to discover how to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning – United Nations https://www.un.org/en/observances/literacy-day 

Let's Take A Writing Journey Together

“Writing in a notebook is a way to fuel up. Supreme superior unleaded. And it’s free.”

Naomi Shihab Nye

Ralph Fletcher Tips for Young Writers

HOW TO USE YOUR WRITER’S NOTEBOOK

Use your notebook to breathe in the world around you. You can write about:

1) What amazes/surprises/anger you

2) What you wonder about

3) What you notice

4) “Seed Ideas” or “Triggers” to generate stories or poems

5) Small details that intrigue you

6) Snatches of talk you overhear

7) Memories

8) Lists

9) Photos, articles, ticket stubs or other artifacts

10) Your own sketches, drawings of doodles.

11) Quotes or inspiring passages from books or poems

Once you have gathered a lot of writing in your notebook, try the following ideas:

  • 1) Reread to dig out the best material
  • 2) Experiment with new kinds of writing
  • 3) Try to write something beautiful but don’t expect all your writing to be great. Give yourself permission to write badly!
  • 4) Write about personal things–fears, nightmares, or dreams–that contain strong feelings
  • 5) Write about writing Remember these tips:

 

http://ralphfletcher.com/tips-young-readers/ 

Plant Your Seed

This week to celebrate International Literacy day, your seed is all about classrooms around the world, your classroom and your learning. 

Let’s have fun!

This week you are going to prepare a seed to describe classrooms around the world and how children learn but the catch is you are going to record your thinking via the skill of Sketch Noting. Sketch Noting is the most creative way to record your thinking. 

Just remember classrooms look different for all of us. Some people’s classrooms are in their homes, some are in innovative rooms, some are in classrooms with very little resources. Don’t forget to share also how children and yourself like to learn, maybe it’s visually or via listening to an audio. 

This week there is no Thinking Routine, there are NO RULES

Don’t know much about classrooms and schools around the world, here is an up to date journey around the globe.  

Samples of Sketch note pages created by students.

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write Together

Prompt 1

How does the story end?

Using the picture prompt, write a story and ‘WOW’ us with your ending. Submit your story to The Global Write Wakelet.

Prompt 2

Write a paragraph about your favourite book and share it on a buncee. Share why you would recommend your book to others to read. 

Here is my Buncee, surprise, surprise my favourite book has been written by Shaun Tan my favourite author. 

Don’t forget to share your Buncee on The Global Write Buncee Board

Prompt 3

  • Choose a book you have read. 
  • Write a one-minute review. Your review could be a whole-hearted two thumbs up, it was all right, or don’t even bother.
  • Be sure to include a short description of the book without giving spoilers!
  • Back up your talk with at least 3 reasons for your opinion. 
  • Include a rating with hashtags (ideas: #bestbookever, #notmyfave) or stickers (think 4 out of 5 stars). 
  • TIP: You will be more convincing if you do NOT read from a script. Instead, jot down bullet points of what you want to say on a sticky note. Then fasten it near your camera so you can refer to it if needed. This is not about writing a perfect review. You’re just sharing an opinion with your classmates.

 

Sample book talk

Record your book review here on The Global Write Flipgrid.

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

The Global Write Team would love to welcome back AMAZELAB.

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

This week Leonie and the AMAZELAB team want you to create a cartoon strip about where will you be in the future. They want you to IMAGINE THE PATH TO YOUR DREAM JOB. Download the comic page and prepare your comic strip and, share it with the team via the Wakelet, Buncee or Flipgrid buttons. 

HAVE FUN!

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about it in a short video on our Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of your choice and share your great work with the AMAZELAB Team.

International Literacy Day through the eyes of 'The Global Write' Youth Ambassador Olivia

Olivia was inspired by the need for children all over the world to have access to books to read. 

Teacher Resources

The UN Sustainable Goal and Good Life Goal we are supporting this week are:

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The Hope Campaign

For many schools around the world you are having your first classes face to face for the year. Here in Australia, my state Victoria is experiencing lockdown 7.0 and students are in remote learning once again. They have faced over 200 days of being locked down due to the COVID crisis. 

If you are new to ‘The Global Write’ WELCOME and if you are one of our 200+ teachers joining us again get excited for a new and innovative year packed with critical thinking, global themes and innovative ideas. 

Whether you join us weekly or every so often, make sure you share your thinking, writing and creativity with us so we can celebrate your greatness with the world.  

– Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Founder and Creator

Right Now The World Needs HOPE

As we watch what is happening in Afghanistan, schools continuing to be lockdown, climate change, child labour and trafficking and Refugees. In 2021, more children will be on the move than ever before in history. We need to hold on to HOPE that things are going to get better some time soon. 

IS HOPE WORTH HAVING? Lets listen to Junah Jang, she is an inspiration to us all.

Lets Take A Writing Journey Together

Plant Your Seed

“When students write from experience, they can breathe those specifics into their writing- dialect, odd smells, precise names of plants- that can animate even the most tired and tedious text.”
― Ralph Fletcher, What a Writer Needs

Flight of Hope

See Think Wonder

This week’s thinking routine from the Project Zero Thinking Routine Toolbox is See Think Wonder. A routine for exploring works of art and other interesting things.
  • What do you see in this global picture?

  • What do you think about what you see?

  • What does looking at that is image make you wonder?

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write Together

The Global ‘Hope’ Campaign

The Global Write team are asking teachers, students, families and communities to spread the word and ask the question 

What Is Your Hope?  

We are challenging you to make a difference, to have a voice to unite the world. Place blackboards, whiteboards, posters in your school ground, hall ways, classrooms, even staff rooms. Hope covers so many areas of life and connects to all the UN Goals.

Lets hear see and hear some examples of what parents, teacher and students in past years have defined as hope. 

Share Your Thinking & Hopes With The World

This week you have three things to do:

  1. Write about your hope and share it in a flipgrid video. 
  2.  You could also make a board in buncee or with colourful pens and hang it in your classroom. 
  3. Post your photos of your classroom or school hope boards on The Global Write Wakelet.

Teacher Resources

For more information on the See, Think, Wonder thinking routine go to http://www.pz.harvard.edu/resources/see-think-wonder 

The Global Write Supports The 17 UN Sustainable Goals and Good Life Goals

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Together We Heal, Learn and Shine

World Refugee Day

Together We Heal, Learn and Shine

June 20th

The United Nations gives us some background information about refugees and displacement. 

Background

Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. There are several types of forcibly displaced persons:

Refugees

A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention. Many refugees are in exile to escape the effects of natural or human-made disasters.

Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers say they are refugees and have fled their homes as refugees do, but their claim to refugee status is not yet definitively evaluated in the country to which they fled.

Internally Displaced Persons

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are people who have not crossed an international border but have moved to a different region than the one they call home within their own country.

Stateless Persons

Stateless persons do not have a recognized nationality and do not belong to any country.

Statelessness situations are usually caused by discrimination against certain groups. Their lack of identification — a citizenship certificate — can exclude them from access to important government services, including health care, education or employment.

Returnees

Returnees are former refugees who return to their own countries or regions of origin after time in exile. Returnees need continuous support and reintegration assistance to ensure that they can rebuild their lives at home.

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Welcome to Wonderopolis, a website full of wonders. This week as part of The Global Write your hook in to unpack is Wonder #1883 WHAT IS A REFUGEE?

You have two visuals to explore and think about. 

Read the article https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-are-refugees

Watch the video Teen Refugees Show Us What True Friendship Looks Like | Kid President Travel Show

This week’s thinking routine from the Project Zero Thinking Routine Toolbox is Same and Different. A routine for considering and questioning dichotomies.



Notice – Often judgments are made at first glance. What was the first impression you had about this information about refugees? 

 

Perspective Taking – Think about what other points of view people could have about refugees? What do you think some of these points of view could be?

 

Same and Different – What are the similarities? Differences to your impression? How is this the same and different at the same time?

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write

Prompt 1 

From Kara Green 5th-grade middle school teacher in Beverly, MA.

A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. The UN Refugee Agency recorded a record 65.6 million people displaced worldwide. 

How do you think we should handle the refugee crisis? Should families receive aid and be encouraged to stay in their home country, be allowed to enter your home country, or something else?

State your position and support your answer with at least 2 reasons why you believe this is best.

Prompt 2

WORLD REFUGEES PAINT THEIR JOURNEY

Image Credit Joel Bergner https://joelartista.com/ 

Beginning, Middle, End is a Project Zero Thinking Routine for harnessing the power of narrative to observe connections, patterns, & meaning

Choose one of these questions: 

  1. If this artwork is the beginning of a story, what might happen next? 
  2. If this artwork is the middle of a story, what might happen before? What might be about to happen?
  3. If this artwork is the end of a story, what might the story be?

Prompt 3

My Pledge for World Refugee Day 2021

This World Refugee Day we want you to make a pledge to do something to change, or to improve, the way that the world sees refugees. 

You can make a difference and help educate others about this global crisis.

What will you do?

Make a short video stating what you will do.

Start your video by saying “My name is (first name) and this World refugee Day I pledge to…”

Make sure you share your pledge in The Global Write Flipgrid group https://flipgrid.com/5948bcc1

Listen to a voice of hope for refugees

Prompt 4

From the streets of Brooklyn to Syrian refugee camps; the favelas of Brazil to rural Ugandan settlements, Joel has collaborated with youth, families and artists across 30 countries to create murals that reflect the resilience and stories of their communities. As CEO and Co-Founder of Artolution, a non-profit organization, Joel supports local artists in crisis-affected communities to lead their own sustainable arts programs with vulnerable children year-round.

Joel Bergner

Explore Joel’s work with Refugees and his murals https://joelartista.com/. Create your own mural that represents refugees and promotes World Refugee Day. You may prefer to make a buncee this is perfectly fine and we look forward to seeing your creations. 

 

Here are some of Joel’s Murals he made with refugees around the world. Use these to spark your creativity. 

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

This week team amazelab would like you to design a refugee camp but think about how you would power it with sustainable energy to help ensure vital resources are provided. 
 
The idea is to design and build portable wind turbines to power the camp. I’ve attached a factsheet as a guide. 
 
Team amazelab are positive all the young learners will develop fantastic camp designs and sustainable energy ideas. 
 
We can not wait to see them. 
 
From Leonie – amazelab
 

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place you let’s write work or your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about your writing or creations on Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of choice and share your great work with a global audience.

World Refugee Day through the eyes of 'The Global Write' Youth Ambassador Olivia

Olivia was inspired this week by the urgency to understand the refugee crisis around the world.

Teacher Resources

For more information on the Same and Different thinking routine go to http://www.pz.harvard.edu/node/773313

The UN Sustainable Goals and Good Life Goals we are supporting this week are:

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Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean

Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.

This year’s United Nations World Oceans Day, on 8 June 2022, will highlight the theme Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean.

This is the first hybrid celebration of the annual event, hosted in-person at the UN Headquarters in New York and broadcast live.

The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all. Yet its health is at a tipping point and so is the well-being of all that depends on it. As the past years have shown us, we need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.

Join us as we shed light on the communities, ideas, and solutions that are working together to protect and revitalize the ocean and everything it sustains.

https://unworldoceansday.org/

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Make Everyday World Ocean Day

Image credit: National Ocean Service

 

This week’s thinking routine from the Project Zero Thinking Routine Toolbox is Color, Symbol, Image. A routine for distilling the essence of ideas non-verbal.

As you are viewing and reading the infographic, make a note of things that you find interesting, important, or insightful. In your Writer’s Notebook unpack your thinking using these prompts:

  • Choose a color that you feel best represents or captures the essence of a key idea.

 

  • Choose a symbol that you feel best represents or captures the essence of a key idea.

 

  •  Choose an image that you feel best represents or captures the essence of a key idea.

Modelled Thinking

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator

Let's Write

Prompt 1 

Create a visual voice teaching others about protecting our oceans from plastic. You can use any digital poster using buncee or you might choose to design and create a bright meaningful poster OR combine both together. 

Your aim is to raise awareness about the dangers of plastics in our oceans,  give suggestions for responsible use and be the voice that could change the world. 

Here are some examples of posters from a project called ‘Posters Against Plastic Pollution’.

See more of these remarkable posters at https://unworldoceansday.org/posters-against-plastic-pollution/

Prompt 2 

Listen to Why We Need to Stop Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans FOR GOOD by Oceana

Recording key ‘Wow’ facts from the video write a persuasive writing piece convincing people to stop polluting the oceans with plastic. Don’t forget to share your writing with us here at The Global Write on our Wakelet.

Prompt 3

My Pledge for World Oceans Day 

🌊 This World Oceans Day we want you to make a pledge to do something to change, or to improve, the way that you use, reuse or recycle your plastic waste.  🌊

You can make a difference and help to save our oceans.

What will you do?

Make a short video stating what you will do.

Start your video by saying “My name is (first name) and this World Oceans Day I pledge to…”

Make sure you share your pledge in The Global Write Flipgrid group.

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.

This week Leonie from AMAZELAB has something for you all that connects to World Ocean Day.  

 

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place you let’s write work or your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about your writing or creations on Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of choice and share your great work with a global audience.

Our Ocean through the eyes of 'The Global Write' Youth Ambassador Olivia