Unit 6: Reflecting on My Role as a Citizen of the World

In this unit, students will reflect on what they have learned by participating in this project and consider how they have grown personally, professionally, and as a citizen of the world valuing other cultures.

Please read the introduction to this curriculum before beginning any lessons.

Grade Level:

  • 6 - 12 grade or equivalent

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectations:

Middle and high school:

  • Asking questions and defining problems

  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions

  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

5E Unit Element:

  • Evaluate

Ecological Society of America 4DEE Framework:

  • Human-Environment Interactions

  • Cross-Cutting Themes

Enduring Understandings (the Big Ideas)

Students will understand that:

  • Creating lasting change requires dedication, perseverance, knowledge-building, and collaboration with others

  • Putting in effort and practicing new skills in pursuit of goals is necessary for success and personal growth

  • Many global wicked problems such as biocultural diversity loss and climate change can be addressed collaboratively at a local level

Essential Questions

  • What skills have I learned through participating in this project that I can apply to other important areas of my life?

  • What have I learned about my own values through participating in this project?

  • Are there other challenges in society that I can apply my knowledge and skills to address?


  • Contributions to class discussion

  • Quality of teamwork

  • Reflections in student journals

  • Journal entries describing key takeaways from this lesson