Grades 9-12 Summit Learning

Global Issues

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of global citizenship, global cooperation, as well as how local solutions have been used to solve shared global issues. The inquiry is designed to open students’ eyes to their role as global citizens. It is also designed for students to uncover the similarities in issues faced by rural American citizens and citizens of developing countries. Students investigate glocal problems, issues demonstrating global interconnectedness. They examine local solutions that have been applied globally and consider the role of global cooperation in bringing solutions to those problems. Finally, students assess the effectiveness of global cooperation in solving shared issues. These tasks prepare students to write an evidence-based argument that addresses the compelling question: How do local communities solve global problems?


Compelling Question:

How Can Local Communities Solve Global Problems?

Staging the Question:

Complete a “silent quote” gallery walk featuring quotes about global citizenship.

Supporting Question What is a global citizen?

Formative Task Create a definition of the global citizen and their role in the world.

Sources Source A: “Globalization,” Merriam-Webster
Source B: “Citizen of a Global World?” TED Talk
Source C: OxFam Education, “What is Global Citizenship?”
Source D: UNESCO, “Global Citizenship”
Source E: The Global Citizens’ Initiative


Supporting Question What shared issues do people in rural America and developing nations face?

Formative Task Compare and contrast the issues people in rural America and developing nations face using a Venn Diagram.

Sources Resource bank organized by topic (i.e., water, education, medicine, food, internet, violence)


Supporting Question How are local solutions applied to solve global problems?

Formative Task Construct a futures wheel to visually explain the global impact of local solutions.

Sources Source A: “Global Goals,” United Nations
Source B:
“Glocalization,” Britannica

Resource bank of suggested articles


Supporting Question How effective is global cooperation in solving shared issues?

Formative Task Write a claim using evidence about the effectiveness of global cooperation in solving shared issues.

Sources Source A: Global Cooperation Research
Source B: “Why Global Cooperation Matters,” UNICEF
Source C: “How to Revive and Empower Communities,” TED Talk
Source D: “Cooperation,” WHO
Source E: “Coronavirus Is an...Example of Need for Global Cooperation”

Summative Performance Task

Argument: How can local communities solve global problems? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that addresses the compelling question using specific claims and relevant evidence from contemporary sources while acknowledging competing views.

Taking Informed Action

Understand: Investigate an issue plaguing your local community and possible solutions.
Assess: Evaluate the potential solutions to the issue, weighing the possible drawbacks and benefits.
Act: Write a letter to an elected representative or advocate on behalf of the solution you identified.