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Standards, Knowledge, Skills, and Understandings

Written by Julianne Slogick
November 10, 2017

Note:  This lesson plan is a detailed explanation of Module 3: The Crap People Put Up With as noted in Stage 3.

Content Standards

  • Students will examine the relationship between access to adequate sanitation, health concerns, and socio-economic conditions in developing countries.   

Understandings (What do you expect your students to understand? What misconceptions do you need to overcome?)

  • Overarching Understandings

    • Globally, wide disparities exist with respect to access to sanitation, leading hundreds of million people to openly defecate.  Students will consider how people’s health around the world is often a reflection of the socio-economic environment surrounding the community in which they live.  

  • Related Misconceptions

    • Students may benefit from discussions about cultural norms surrounding cleanliness, privacy, gender roles, religious beliefs, etc.

  • Topical

    • Public health concerns are most pressing in bringing attention to the global sanitation crisis, but there are other impacts that are important too.  When people lack access to sanitation, they lose out on other opportunities, such as work and education.


  • Students will know…

    • Basic facts about the global sanitation crisis

    • Inadequate sanitation and open defecation are significant barriers to development and impede people’s quality of life.

    • The Indian government has implemented the “Clean India” campaign to address these concerns.

Skills Specific to the Learning Plan

  • NCSS/C3 “Cultural Competence”

    • Geography

      • D2.Geo.4.9-12. Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.

      • D2.Geo.5.9-12. Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.

PA State Standards

  • 7.4: Interactions Between People and the Environment

  • 8.1.12 Historical Skills and Analysis

  • 8.4.12 World History (Continuity and Change)

Skills Specific to the Unit

  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills

    • Learning and Innovation Skills

      • Communication

      • Collaboration

      • Critical Thinking

      • Creativity And Innovation

      • Presentation Skills

    • Information, Media, and Technology Skills

      • Information Literacy

      • Media Literacy

      • “ICT” Literacy

    • Life and Career Skills

      • Flexibility and Adaptability

      • Initiative and Self Direction

      • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

      • Productivity and Accountability

      • Leadership and Responsibility