Faye B.

03/02/2012

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In 2010, nine hundred twenty-five million people were starving around the world.  Every day children and adults are under fed and starving to death.  This is happening in developed countries, near east and north Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.  
As you can see, starvation is in many places of the world.  The problem of starvation has been opened to the public eye and many groups are doing projects to solve the problem of starvation.  For example, Tackle Hunger is collecting one million pounds of food for starving people around the world.  Also, Action Against Hunger has teamed up with schools to have students walk one mile and donate food to stop starvation around the world.  As more people learn about starvation and how bad it is, more people are helping out to stop starvation.  

People need to see that we are all similar and share common experiences.  We need to be able to link issues that are personal and local with issues that are global.  That shows that we all need to be looking out for one another.  There are kitchens at churches for starving and homeless people.  People need to take that and transfer it it to all the starving people around the world.

To create my project, I used google images.  I searched google images for starving people.  I did this to show how sad it is to see all the starving people around the world.  I took a bunch of the pictures I found and glued them on my hexagon to make a collage.  It finish my hexagon off, I glued a stop sign in the middle of my pictures because we need to stop starvation.  


 
 
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The issue I chose to address was the constantly worsening condition of the United States economy and the value of the dollar. If this problem is not addressed quickly and effectively, we will soon find ourselves in a second Great Depression. We are already experiencing the greatest economic crisis since then, but if the problem is not fixed, we will experience a depression equal to or greater than the one that gripped our country in the 1920’s and 30’s. This is important to me because the U.S. economy and the value of the dollar have a direct effect on the well being of me and every other American in this country. Over 20 million Americans are currently unemployed and face problems with money every day. Also, our national debt has climbed to over 56 trillion dollars and is constantly rising. Because of our government freely spending and producing money, the value of a dollar has plummeted in the past few years. I depicted this in my art with a dollar bill following an arrow down, which symbolizes the falling value of a dollar and the decline of the U.S. economy. I used markers and pictures from various online sites to help me express this problem through art. I chose this media because it gave me the most flexibility in expressing this problem. 

By: Billy A.

 

    Emily Erickson Cook

    _National Board Certified Art Teacher
    Technology Specialist Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach middle school art in the suburban Chicago area. This project has allowed my eighth grade students to confront global issues and to have an artistic voice that expresses their concerns and passions that one day just might change the world.


    Amy Weiss

    Global Perspectives Teacher
    World History, U.S. History, and Social Studies Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach with Emily Cook in a Chicago suburban school. While my students have learned about global issues in the past, this project allowed them to see that these are not problems that people in other places in the world have to deal with, but rather, that these are world problems, and since we all have a civic responsibility to the world, these are our problems too.

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