Grade: all

#3533. Allies

Social Studies, level: all
Posted Tue May 20 20:15:16 PDT 2008 by Michaela Murphy (Michaela Murphy).
Seattle, USA
Materials Required: Large sheets of paper and either a Chalkboard, a White Board or an Overhead Projector.
Concepts Taught: Allyship

Objective: Students will explore the role of an ally to a country or person. They will learn how allyship and friendship apply to countries in times of conflict. They will learn about the different ways that countries help their allies, including mediation, money and weapons. They will explore the pros and cons of each approach and form their own opinions on allyship between countries.

Before starting, break students into 5 groups.

1. Have students work in small groups to make a definition of the word ally. Teacher facilitates as groups share out to class and then class can decide on one definition, incorporating all ideas.

2. As a whole class, make a comparison chart or Venn Diagram (on a chalkboard, white board, or overhead projector) showing the similarities and the differences of allies that are countries and allies that are people.

3. Discuss in partners or groups the following questions:

a. What are some of the main differences between the ways that countries and people are allies to each other?

b. What do you think are some causes for these differences?

c. Do you think that it is good or bad that there are these differences? Why?

4. Assign each group with one of the following main ways that a country can help their ally in a conflict:

a. Troops in Areas of Conflict.

b. Military Supplies and Expertise.

c. Domestic Help, Humanitarian Aid or Basic Needs.

d. Diplomacy, Mediation.

e. Direct Financial Support.

5. Ask the groups to make a list of the pros and cons of each approach (on large paper) and decide whether they think it is a good one or not.

6. Groups share their lists and opinions with the class.

7. Group Discussion: What do you think is the best way for countries to help their allies?

8. (optional) Have students write persuasive letters to local Senators or House Representatives about their view on this issue.