Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources
We draw upon Stanford University's diverse research, top faculty, and best scholarship to develop effective lesson plans and teaching resources on international topics.
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Spotlight: Pre-Collegiate Global Learning
The Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) is SPICE's longest-running online course for high school students. Through an interactive online learning experience, students receive a broad overview of Japan with a special focus on the U.S.–Japan relationship and engage with top scholars, ambassadors, and experts from the United States and Japan.
In addition to the RSP, SPICE offers a range of online courses for high school students. Our national courses provide students with opportunities to learn about the world from different perspectives and to interact with likeminded students from across the United States, Japan, or China.
Featured Lesson Plans
Our lesson plans are content-rich, standards-aligned, and backed by the best Stanford scholarship available.
Uncovering North Korea
North Korea remains one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented countries in the United States. American students largely remain uneducated about North Korea, lacking the proper context with which to understand and interpret today's current events. This curriculum unit seeks to fill this gap and strives to bring more accurate information and objectivity to the study of North Korea in U.S. high schools and beyond.
A Whisper to a Roar
The documentary film "A Whisper to a Roar" tells the heroic stories of courageous democracy activists in five countries around the world—Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe—who risk everything to bring freedom to their people. The film's companion teacher’s guide provides materials that supplement the information and issues explored in the documentary, filmed by award-winning filmmaker, Ben Moses.
Divided Memories: Comparing History Textbooks
This unit asks students to examine prevalent history textbooks from five Pacific Rim societies and compare their coverage of sensitive historical episodes in the 20th century. As students analyze, compare, and contrast different history textbooks, they are forced to confront some large questions of history—including the possible bias of their own historical knowledge—and encouraged to become more critical consumers of information.
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