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It's All Connected: A Comprehensive Guide to Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions - Student Text
It's All Connected: A Comprehensive Guide to Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions - Student Text

Student Text
This is the ultimate student text for teaching about global issues and sustainability in our ever changing and complex world. It’s All Connected can be used as a stand-alone text for a global issues course or as a supplemental text for other classes, including social studies, science, environmental studies, mathematics, English language learners, and language arts. This 144-page book provides a thorough overview of global issues, as well as in-depth explorations of particular topics, debates, and solutions.

  • Grades: 9-12, Undergraduate
  • Subjects: Science, Social Studies
  • Student Text: 144 pages
ISBN 0971100543
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Table of Contents and Preview

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About the Authors

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Unit 1: Getting Started With Global Issues

Download Unit 1: Getting Started With Global IssuesIn this unit students will be introduced global issues and sustainability. They will also read about systems thinking, sustainable solutions, and worldview.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Understanding Sustainability and Resources
  • Chapter 3: Sustainable Solutions and New Ways of Thinking
Unit 2: Understanding Population and Carrying Capacity: History, Trends, and Possibilities
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Population Throughout History
  • Chapter 3: Population Trends, Carrying Capacity, Ecological Footprint, and Migration
  • Chapter 4: Sustainable Solutions: Stabilizing Population and Reducing Consumption
Unit 3: Meeting Essential Human Needs: Food, Water, and Energy
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Food for People and Water for Food
  • Chapter 3: Sustainable Solutions: Food and Water
  • Chapter 4: Energy-Fossil Fuel Issues and Impacts
  • Chapter 5: Sustainable Solutions: Energy Enough for People and the Planet


Unit 4: Environment: Keeping Our House in Order
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Biodiversity and Forest Habitats
  • Chapter 3: A Breath of Fresh Air
  • Chapter 4: The Ocean Planet
  • Chapter 5: Sustainable Solutions: Environmental Justice

Unit 5: Quality of Life: Culture, Health, Education, and Human Rights
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Well-being and Happiness—In Search of the Good Life
  • Chapter 3: Improving Quality of Life—Government, Business, and Individuals
  • Chapter 4: Tradition, Technology, and Media—Preserving Culture
  • Chapter 5: World Health
  • Chapter 6: Sustainable Solutions: Human Health
  • Chapter 7: Education—Issues and Solutions
  • Chapter 8: Human Rights—Issues and Solutions

Unit 6: Building Sustainability: Governance, Economic Development, and Peace
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Governance: Standards of Effectiveness
  • Chapter 3: Ineffective Governance: Sources and Impacts
  • Chapter 4: Governance in the United States
  • Chapter 5: Global Governance and Sustainability
  • Chapter 6: Economy, Inequality, and Poverty—Past and Present
  • Chapter 7: Sustainable Solutions:Strategies for Economic Development
  • Chapter 8: The Evolution and Impacts of Conflict
  • Chapter 9: Sustainable Solutions: Halting Conflict at its Roots 

Unit 7: Possible Future and Sustainable Solutions
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: On the Road with Global Issues: Sustainable Solutions Close to Home
  • Chapter 3: Going Global: Sustainable Structural Solutions
Reading Review Questions

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Resource Details

It's All Connected can be used as a central teaching component for a semester or year-long course, as a short unit on global issues, or as an engaging contextual framework within which core subjects are taught. It's All Connected is often compatible with existing curriculum requirements and topics and extends students’ learning through an interdisciplinary approach to issues. 

Why Use It's All Connected?

It’s All Connected provides a thorough overview of a full range of global issues, as well as in-depth explorations of particular topics, debates, and solutions. Each unit contains thematically related chapters. Unit 1 includes an introduction to global issues and sustainability as well as definitions for some important concepts. Units 2–6 address specific global issues, such as food, water, forests, oceans, poverty, culture, education, health, and conflict. The book concludes with a final unit on ideas and tools for addressing global issues, including a curriculum activity for students to study a particular global issue or region. Units can be read separately, sequentially, or in any order to fit particular curriculum needs.

Each unit begins with an introductory chapter that frames the scope and purpose of that unit. Introductory chapters include Essential Questions on issues and concepts that are explored in the unit, a relevant Story from the World, and a Youth in Action! feature highlighting the creativity and enthusiasm of young people taking action. Subsequent chapters within each unit address specific global issues and include definitions, concepts, challenges, and sustainable solutions. Important terms are introduced in bold print and are defined in the Glossary at the back of the book.

It’s All Connected combines information, concepts, and inspiring real-world examples. Alongside the main portion of the text, numerous Features emphasize interesting and important aspects of global issues. In addition to the essential questions at the beginning of each unit, Curriculum Connections offer topical explorations in math, literature, science, and technology. Each unit concludes with suggestions for Facing the Future Activities linked to the unit and a Further Information listing of relevant texts, websites, and videos. Extensive Endnote references for each unit can be found in the back of the book.


How to use It's All Connected

It’s All Connected can to be used as a stand-alone text for a global issues course or as a supplemental text for other classes, including social studies (history, civics, economics, and geography), science, environmental studies, mathematics, and language arts. Ideally, this book will be used in tandem with the curriculum guide Engaging Students Through Global Issues, which features engaging hands-on activities, thought-provoking discussion questions, in-depth research assignments, easy-to-use, standards-based lesson plans, reproducible handouts, and additional resources to add depth to classroom discussions.

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Classroom Examples 

The classroom examples below show how It's All Connected can be used to address a variety of classroom challenges and increase student involvement. Learn how It's All Connected has impacted Delaney Evans, the winner of the 2010-2011 Student Essay Contest for San Diego high schools.

Darrellene Canada
  • School: Lakes High School, Lakewood, WA
  • Grade: 12     Classroom Size: 30
  • Subject: Contemporary World Problems

Joanna Forge't
  • School: Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, South Easton, MA
  • Grades: 9-12     Classroom Size: ~15
  • Subject: Environmental Science and Studies

David White-Espin
  • School: Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center, Seattle, WA
  • Grade: Level 2 - ages 11 to 21, based on students' speaking ability
  • Classroom Size: ~20
  • Subject: Literacy and Reading

Professional Development

Facing the Future offers the following workshops to help you learn more about It's All Connected: A Comprehensive Guide to Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions:

  • Bridging the Achievement Gap through Global Education 
    Improve achievement for ALL students, regardless of class, race, or ethnicity, by equipping yourself with well-tested strategies that help students become active participants in their learning, make meaningful connections between academic abstractions and socio-cultural realities, and improve their critical thinking skills. Join us in taking a fresh look at closing the achievement gap with global issues curriculum that is relevant, cognitively rich, and standards-based.
  • Building Bridges over Troubled Water: Cross-curricular Resources and Action Opportunities for Teaching about Water
    Make a splash in your classroom! This workshop introduces local and global water issues. Using graphs, trends, and fact sheets we explore connections between water and other global issues such as population, poverty, consumption, conflict, and the environment. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to bring water alive in the classroom. Lessons include an investigation of everyday items and their water inputs, a water walk, and information about water quality and conservation.  
  • Hands-on Lessons on Global Equity and Quality of Life
    How can we help our students see the connections between scarcity, prosperity, and equity in the world – and understand their own role in fostering quality of life and well-being from the local to the global level? We'll look at basic graphs and walk through activities that allow students to experience the effects of inequity and examine the effectiveness of traditional economic indicators like GDP. Students have an opportunity to develop their own criteria for measuring classroom, community, and global well-being – in ways that account for the environment, people, AND economics!

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To learn more about our upcoming workshops, webinars, and conferences, please visit our Workshop Calendar. If you are interested in having Facing the Future present at your next event, please contact us.

Supplementary Materials

To complement It's All Connected, this section contains background information and additional resources to help educators and students learn more about global issues and sustainability.

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