Lesson 1 (from I - The New Human Agenda)
The objective of this lesson is to analyze Harari's three projects (or problems): famine, war, and plague. By analyzing the first three problems, students will be able to apply the same critical thinking skills to understand Harari's three modern projects.
Class Discussion: Why did the author choose famine, war, and plague as the three problems of human history? What do you already know about plagues and the widespread death they caused? Do you agree with Harari that famine has been overcome? What is your definition of peace? Do you agree with Harari that today peace is "the implausibility of war?" (16).
Group Activity: Divide students into three groups. Assign each group one of Harari's three historical problems. Using the book, have students gather data about their respective problem and illustrate its effects on the global population over the centuries using charts, tables, or graphs. Students should...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.2, 9-10.4, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.2, 11-12.4, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.1, 9-10.1(d), 11-12.1, 11-12.1(d)
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