In-School Program

In the fall, the One World Program teaches students important research, writing, and presentation skills. One World provides teachers with professional development and they then deliver the program to students.

What's Included?

One World provides:

  • Professional Development: Teachers experience the program as students and learn to differentiate to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Curriculum: Digital and printed lesson plans and slide decks to teach students strong research, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Student Resources: Students receive journals with exercises and assessments, and access to vetted sources to use to find credible evidence.
  • Evaluation: Pre- and post-assessments evaluate skills to measure student growth.

Teachers are also offered:

  • Planning support
  • Coaching 
  • Direct support for students

The Curriculum

The curriculum has four levels, each with a specific, age-appropriate theme:

  • Grade 5/6 – School Issues
  • Grade 7/8 – National & Civic Issues
  • Grade 9/10 – Cultural & Global Issues
  • Grade 11/12 – College & Career Issues

Sample new research topics for each level include: Coronavirus and School Response, Voting By Mail, Drone Warfare, and Racial Equality in Employment.

Program Stages

Stage 1: Student Exemplar Analysis

Students are introduced to the foundation, uses, and vocabulary of the problem-solution approach to argumentative writing through an analysis of a student exemplar.

Stage 2: Research

In this stage, students build background knowledge and reflect on their personal connection to the topic. Then, they draft a claim and practice identifying quality sources and evidence. Finally, students conduct in-depth research to find evidence that will help them make their arguments.

Stage 3: Writing

Students are guided through the process of selecting the best evidence to support their claim, organizing their research into an outline, and transferring their conclusions into a draft of their argumentative essay. They then provide and receive peer feedback and engage in revision toward a final draft.

Stage 4: Presentation

Throughout each stage, students practice public speaking skills to refine their ideas and prepare for a final presentation that can be led in small peer groups, whole classes, or a school-wide celebration.

Results

Academically, One World students get statistically significant gains because they learn skills like how to:

  • think critically and develop cogent arguments
  • identify problems
  • develop actionable solutions
  • create hooks to engage an audience
  • build a research plan
  • use evidence
  • outline to organize ideas
  • write with clarity
  • give and receive peer feedback
  • revise to strengthen writing
  • present ideas to inform and persuade

What’s more difficult to quantify but easy to observe is how the program gives students voice, builds knowledge, and draws out students’ innate potential and brilliance.

After-school Program

After students complete their essays in the fall, teachers nominate a select group of students to participate in the organization’s after-school academy that starts in early February.