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With Great Mind Comes Great Work

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A L e s s s o n P l a n f o r T e a c h e r s

Overview: Students will examine the broad outlines of foreign policy making; they will consider the types of interests that shape foreign policy goals and the tools available to policy- makers for pursuing those goals.
Central Question: What do we want American foreign policy to accomplish in the world and what means should we use to achieve our aims?
Instructional Outline of Procedures and Major Objectives: Students will:
1. Undertake an initial ...view middle of the document...

SL.9-10.1 and SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discus- sions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades [9-12] topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse for- mats…in order to address a question or solve a problem.
1 "Aims" and "Goals" are used interchangeably in this section of this lesson. They are used here in their aspirational sense not in their strategic sense. A more technically correct term to describe the general foreign policy aims students are asked to identify in this step would be "foreign policy interests." However, to avoid confusion between a foreign policy interest and national interests (which the students will be examining in the next step) "goal" will serve as the stipulated word.

Instructional Procedures (Total time: 75 minutes)
• Introduction: Consider the central question .............................................................................. (3 minutes) a) Conduct a quick think-pair-share on the question, "When someone says 'foreign policy' what do you
think of?" Take and record four or five responses. b) Explain that the purpose of this lesson is not so much to define what foreign policy is but rather to
figure out what we want foreign policy to accomplish and some of the means we might consider using to accomplish it.
c) While introducing the agenda and main purposes of the lesson, post or reveal the central question: What do we want American foreign policy to accomplish in the world and what means should we use to achieve our aims?
d) Taking no responses to the question at this stage; make sure students understand that this session will look at this question and related concerns from the U.S. point of view but that the concepts presented are applicable to all nations as they work out their foreign policy commitments and choices.
• Take-A-Position on foreign policy prompts; generate a list of foreign policy aims ................ (12 minutes) a) Explain that the first step in preparing to take on the question of the aims and means of our foreign
policy will be to take a survey of the class's positions on a set of possible foreign policy choices. b) Using an appropriate ESR2 structure, ask students to indicate positions as you reveal and read each
posted statement listed below one at a time.
1. The U.S. should support people who rise up to fight for democracy against dictators and repressive regimes in their countries.
2. American foreign policy should be focused on international relief efforts and humanitarian aid in troubled...

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