What is Globalization in civics? How do you get your students engaged in this subject? Keep reading to find out how I teach globalization in my civics classroom.

Globalization requires taking a broad contextual and long-term view.
Helen Fisher

Teaching globalization in civics consists of 3 topics:

  1. International conflicts
  2. International organizations
  3. Foreign and domestic policy

Over the years I just assumed this was a throwaway unit. You know, the unit at the end of the year you don’t put much effort into.

However, in my 6th year of teaching, I realized, this unit is more important more than ever.

Teaching globalization can create an awareness in students of how we are much more connected to the world than they think.

Let’s get into how I teach Globalization!

Let’s Begin

First, start off with bell ringers. Here are some example bell ringers you can use:

  1. Look in your bookbag, which is something that is made in another country (a foreign object).
  2. How do you think the United States is viewed by other countries?
  3. Name an international conflict the United States has been a part of.

Foreign and Domestic Policy

Next, start with foreign and domestic policies. Students need to identify the difference between the two policies.

A great activity is for students to read statements and determine if foreign or domestic policy

International Organizations and Conflicts

First, start the lesson with international organizations. Instruct your students to write down the main purpose of each international organization. A great project to end the lesson with is to assign each student an organization, and the students make a brochure about the organization.

International conflict is about making connections to what students already know about each conflict. For instance, students know at least 1 fact about each international conflict.

A great activity to end this lesson, is to have students look at conflicts in the pass and graph how the U.S. dealt with each conflict


Next, review everything from the lessons by using a coloring page or a review game like Kahoot.

globalization in civics

In conclusion, teaching globalization can be easy. Using the right resources will make the topic interesting for students. Want access to the resources mentioned above? You can find the entire resource here!

Want to read more about teaching civics? You can get more ideas, tips, and tricks for teaching civics by visiting the civics page.

How do you teach globalization? Let me know in the comments below!

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