Lesson Plan: For Teachers: AIDS, the World, and the Future
AIDS has reached epidemic proportions in nations all over the world. National responses are often based on the level of education, prevalence of poverty, delivery of health care, and quality of information distribution of the region. Students will research how each of these factors impacts the way that different countries deal with AIDS.
Have students work in pairs to
research the story of AIDS in the 21st century, sharing their work using
presentation software. Their research should be web-based, beginning with the AIDS.org,
an AIDS gateway to the internet, Health Canada's AIDS site, and UNAIDS, a joint
United Nations program on HIV/AIDS, and including reviewing the topic The Early Years of the AIDS Crisis on
the CBC Digital Archives website. Have
them search for other sites as well, focusing on the spread of AIDS throughout
the world and the efforts, where applicable, to reduce the contagion.
Student presentations might include some or all of the following (also available on the download sheet AIDS, the World, and the Future):- A map showing the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the world today
- A list of measures taken in North America to support AIDS patients and to develop and distribute drugs to prolong their lives
- A list of measures taken within Africa, South America, and Asia to support AIDS patients and to develop and distribute drugs to prolong their lives
- A comparison of the current levels of social acceptance of HIV/AIDS victims in North America to the level of acceptance victims in Third World countries
- A plan to distribute equitably anti-AIDS drugs to all infected people in the world
- A description of the life of an AIDS patient in the Third World
- A description of the life of an AIDS patient in North America
- A comparison of the lives of the two patients linked to where they live
- Speculation about how we will address the AIDS crisis in the future
Students can work in any way that is comfortable for them (working together, dividing tasks, creating a research plan, sketching a rough outline of their presentation) or in any way you think works best for your classroom. Students should cite all sources used, and be able to support their information with details.
Have students share their presentations and discuss and compare AIDS prevention and treatment around the world. As a class, develop a plan to encourage world governments to provide a wider range of supports to Third World countries to enhance their abilities to treat AIDS patients.Download PDF