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CNN Student News Learning Activity: Impact your world

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  • Students will brainstorm a list of specific local and global problems
  • Students will identify ways for young people to address these problems
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(CNN Student News) -- Students will learn about specific problems going on in their community and other parts of the world, and identify ways for young people to address some of these issues.


Bad things happen in the world every day. But Youssif's story is one example of how individuals can take action during a time of crisis and positively impact the world.

Challenge students to brainstorm a list of specific problems going on in their community or other parts of the world. Some of these problems might be related to natural disasters, public health, war, poverty or the environment. Next, divide your class into small groups and have each group select a different problem from the list. Refer groups to multimedia resources to research the scope and impact of their problems and to identify how local, national or international organizations are addressing the issues.

After students have completed their research, challenge each group to identify a course of action that the class might take to help address the issue and the potential impact of this plan. Have groups prepare and deliver PowerPoint presentations of their action plans to the class. After the presentations, have your students compile a list of suggestions for ways that young people can help others and impact the world. Have students submit their suggestions to CNN Student News at

Extension: Have students select and implement one of the groups' action plans.

Curriculum Connections

Social Studies

Standard II. Time, Continuity and Change: Students will learn about the ways human beings view themselves in and over time.

Standard IV. Individual Development and Identity: Students will explore the influences on individual development and identity including culture, groups and institutions.

Standard IX. Global Connections: Students will examine global connections and interdependence.

The Curriculum Standards for Social Studies ( are published by the National Council for Social Studies (


Standard 2. Knows environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health

Level IV [Grade: 9-12]

Benchmark 1. Knows how the health of individuals can be influenced by the community (e.g., information offered through community organizations; volunteer work at hospitals, food banks, child care centers)

McREL: Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education (Copyright 2000 McREL) is published online by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) (, 2550 S. Parker Road, Suite 500, Aurora, CO 80014.


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