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Google Earth Education: Lesson Plan Ages 12-15

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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Teachers will use the Google Earth Voyager Story, Finding Home, to show one journalist’s account of a Syrian family’s first year living as refugees. Teachers will also use Street View as an example of a “Storytelling Tool” for student analysis.

• Teachers will provide background information on the conflict in Syria.
• Students will examine two different accounts of a Syrian family’s first year living as refugees using the Google Earth Voyager Story, Finding Home, and the story, Finding Home: Heln’s First Year.
• Students will chart each account’s use of storytelling “tools” such as photos, videos, audio, maps, timelines, text and dialogue and the insight each provides into life as a refugee.
• Students will compare and contrast the events of each account.
• Students will write an informative/explanatory essay that compares and contrasts two different accounts of a Syrian family’s first year living as refugees. Students will outline the advantages and disadvantages to using each medium and its ability to convey the challenges and heartbreak of life as a refugee.




Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
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Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.


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