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The Giver Issues Project –Getting Started

You will research the following questions.  Be sure to state quotes, statistics, sources, etc., in your research presentation to make it strong and valid. 

a)      Why does this problem exist in our culture?  What caused it?  Where did it stem from?

b)      How does it affect our society?  Who is affected?  What other problems does it create? 

c)      How have people in our society tried to change or solve the problem? Have any of these solutions been successful in any way? 

 

 
Hunger 
 

Ideas for Subtopics:

·         Food insecurity

·         Reasons/Causes of Hunger and Poverty

o       Natural disasters such as famine, drought, storms, etc.

o       conflict/war/government (political)
o       education, unemployment
·         U.S. Hunger/poverty
·         World Hunger/poverty

Learn About Hunger
http://www.secondharvest.org/learn_about_hunger/

Poverty and Hunger Statistics
http://www.firstfoodbank.org/downloads/advocacy_and_education/Poverty_Facts0905.pdf

Poverty Facts and Stats
http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Facts.asp


Hunger Facts: Domestic (in USA)
http://www.bread.org/learn/hunger-basics/hunger-facts-domestic.html

Hunger Facts: International
http://www.bread.org/learn/hunger-basics/hunger-facts-international.html


Causes of Hunger are related to Poverty
http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Poverty/Hunger/Causes.asp

Causes Behind Hunger in America
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5021812


Hunger: Facing the Facts
http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/ites/0907/ijee/bell.htm

Share our Strength
Tonight, over 12 million children in America will go to bed wondering if they will eat in the morning…
http://www.strength.org/

Fast Facts about Hunger
http://www.centeronhunger.org/facts.html

FREEING THE WORLD OF HUNGER
From the World Food Programme
http://www.wfp.org/aboutwfp/introduction/index.asp?section=1&sub_section=1

Food and Water:  Enough for Everyone?
http://ecohealth101.org/whats_left/eat1.html


Poverty


Children in Poverty
http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/chusa_06/popchar/0203cp.htm

Basic Facts about Low-Income Children
Published by the national Center for Children in Poverty

http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_762.html

Child Poverty
Published by the national Center for Children in Poverty

http://www.nccp.org/topics/childpoverty.html

Understanding Poverty
http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTPOVERTY/EXTPA
/0,,contentMDK:20153855~menuPK:435040~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:430367,00.html



Poverty Reduction Framework
Pillars and Themes of the Enhanced Poverty Reduction Strategy

http://www.adb.org/poverty/pillars-themes.asp


Oxfam's aim is to get rid of poverty - everywhere. Mission Impossible?
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/kidsweb/oxfam/index.htm

 

Prejudice/Discrimination 


Ideas for Subtopics:

·        All biases:

·         Racism

·         Sexism

·         Ageism

·         Class-ism (economics perhaps)

·         _______-ism

·         religion

·        Hate crimes

Sources, causes, forms and contemporary manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?id=2440


Facts About Age Discrimination
http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/age.html

Discrimination from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Discrimination

Prejudice and Discrimination
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=J1ARTJ0006458

Origins of Prejudice
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=J1SEC887260 
 

Elderly 

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Elderly abuse, mistreatment, neglect

·        Ageism

·        Health issues of the elderly and how it impacts the family/the individual

·        Cost of or Lack of healthcare/health insurance

·         Price of prescription medication

·        Who is caring for the elderly? 

·        Who pays to care for the elderly?

·         Cost of assisted living facilities

·         Costs for a family to care for the elderly at home

Dementia - our society's forgotten victims
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/03/06/cmdem06.xml

Depression in the Elderly
http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/depression/elderly.asp

Taking Care of Elderly Family Members
http://dde.carlisle.army.mil/tcefm/tcefm_main.htm

Diseases of Aging
http://www.biorap.org/rg/rgagemostcommon.html

Suicide Fact Sheet about the Elderly from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/suifacts.htm

Seniors With Late Life Depression May Not Recover http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/depression/elderly_4.asp Assisted Suicide and its Dangers
http://www.geocities.com/ram9872002/Adrdeath.htm

Community Helps Elderly Live Longer
http://www.personalmd.com/news/a1997031409.shtml

Nursing Home Facts
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/nursinghomes/facts.html

Living Old: Cost of Care
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/livingold/cost/

 

Environment 

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Pollution

·        Global warming

·        Green house effect

·        Overuse of fossil fuels

·        Littering

·        Recycling

·        Alternative fuels

·        Laws about the environment/enforcing those laws

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/ 

The Pollution Problem: 
The causes and effects of the land, air, and water pollution problem
http://wiwi.essortment.com/pollutionproble_rmnb.htm

State of the Environment: Facts & Figures
http://www.unep.org/tunza/youth/What_you_always_wanted_to_know/State_of_%20Environment/index.asp

Environmental Awareness:  Knowing Your World
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/world/

Environment and Society
http://www.enviroliteracy.org/category.php/5.html

Environment 101
http://www.channelone.com/news/2005/04/22/cleanup/

Global Warming:  What it is
http://www.tramline.com/tours/sci/green/_tourlaunch1.htm


Pollution Solutions
http://www.deq.state.va.us/kids/solution/solution.html

Major Air Pollutants
http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0004695.html

Our Earth
http://www.grida.no/geo2000/pacha/earth.htm

 

Crime/Violence 

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Youth violence/Juvenile Delinquency

·        Weapons

·        Gangs

·        Drugs

·        Law enforcement agencies/shortage in law enforcement

·        Legal system/prisons—prison overcrowding


The Disaster Center:  United States: Uniform Crime Report: 
State Statistics 1960-2005
www.disastercenter.com/crime/

Juvenile Delinquency
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juvenile_Delinquency


The Nature and Causes of Crime
http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/society/A0857632.html


About the USA, Society, Crime & Justice
http://usa.usembassy.de/society-crime.htm


Key Crime & Justice Facts at a Glance
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance.htm#Crime

Bureau of Justice Statistics Home Page
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/

Bureau of Justice Statistics Firearms & Crime Statistics

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/guns.htm

Common Sense about Kids and Guns, Gun Violence Prevention, Gun Safety
http://www.kidsandguns.org/ 

 

Marriage/Family 

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Divorce

·        domestic violence; spousal abuse

·        child abuse/neglect

·        how unemployment/low wages or welfare effects a family

·        how addictions can affect homelife

=      alcohol, drug, gambling, spending addictions


Marriage & Family Processes
URL:  http://www.trinity.edu/~mkearl/family.html


Family Works:  Strategies for Building Stronger Families
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/familyworks/index2.html


NCHS 2004 Fact Sheet
Married Adults are Healthiest

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/04facts/marriedadults.htm

 

Health/Sickness 

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Physical Health/sickness

·        Health insurance costs; people who are uninsured

·        Pregnancy

·        Disease

·         Especially long term diseases such as cancer, AIDS, etc.

·        Mental Health

·        Genetics

·        Addiction

·         Alcoholism

·         Drug addiction

National Center for Health Statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
 

Types of Illnesses and Disabilities
http://www.4woman.gov/wwd/conditions/?style=module


CDC:  Diseases and Conditions
http://www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions/ 

 

War

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Violence, injury, death of soldiers and civilians

·        How the war has changed people, who the war effects the most

·        The aftermath of war (soldiers coming home)

·        Cost of war on nations/governments/taxpayers

Three World War Statistics Compared
http://www.threeworldwars.com/overview.htm

U.S. Veteran Statistics
http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/memory/statistics.html

 

 Education

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Literacy/Illiteracy

·        Drop outs

·        Learning disabilities (such as Dyslexia, Processing Disorders, Memory difficulties)

·        Cost of education—private school, college, taxes for public education, etc.

·        How poverty or low income effects a person’s education

·        Racial imbalance in education

·        Equal educational opportunity

·        Teacher shortages

·        Overcrowded or unsafe schools

·        Unequal access to educational technology

Literacy from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy

Common Causes of Illiteracy
http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112734/page1.htm

Facts about Illiteracy
http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112734/page5.htm

Illiteracy on the rise in America 
http://www.wsws.org/news/1998/oct1998/ill-o14.shtml

Problems of Education
http://wps.ablongman.com/ab_socialprob_sprsite_1/0,7829,773954-,00.html

The Silent Epidemic — The Health Effects of Illiteracy  http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/355/4/339

 

   Animals

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Animal Control

·        Animal Rights/Laws protecting animals

·        Overpopulation

·        Stray animals

·        Transmission of disease

·         Lyme disease, rabbies, etc.

·        Cost to care for a domesticated animal or a pet

·        What it takes to be a responsible pet owner

·        Animal abuse and neglect

·        Loss of habitat for wild animals

·        Extinction

Pet Care Costs http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=adopt_petcarecosts

 

  Unemployment/Low Wages

 

Ideas for Subtopics:

·        Causes of unemployment

·        The outcome of being unemployed; how unemployment effects daily life

·        Poverty

·        low wages

·        minimum wage jobs

·        welfare benefits

·        unemployment benefits

·        compare the cost of living to the unemployment benefits a person receives or to the amount of money a person makes working a minimum wage

·        relation of eduation/illiteracy to unemployment

 

Some Links that May Be Helpful:

Gcse economics - the big picture: unemployment – causes http://www.tutor2u.net/economics/gcse/revision_notes/big_picture_unemployment_causes.htm

Four Main Causes of Unemployment
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~smith097/articles/A%206.%20%20%20.pdf

Unemployment from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unemployment

 

 



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