Review Resource Conflict
By: Sara P. Chavarria

Time: 1 day
Prep Time - Photocopy article and questions handouts
Materials: Handout 1 – the Resource Conflict article – a re-usable class set.
Handout 2 – Questions for each student to fill out.


The purpose of this reading is to help transition students into the final project by revisiting Resource once more. By now, the students will have addressed what resources were (lesson 1), resources in war (lesson 2 – Explain section), and lack of resources for children (lesson 5). In this section, they will be addressing what resource issues we are faced with in the 21st century.

Students will be able to read a relevant document addressing current issues and identify 4 major factors that contribute to resource conflict.

Standards (NCHS)
NCHS Era9: The 20th century since 1945: Promises and Paradoxes
Standard 2: The search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world
Standards in Historical Thinking
5E – Formulate a position or course of action on an issue.

Resource Websites



1. Have students read the following article.
Ref: http://pawss.hampshire.edu/topics/resource

2. When finished reading, group students into pairs.

3. Give each student a copy of the following questions and have them discuss and answer them with their partner.

4. Review questions 1 – 5 with the class to make sure everyone has enough information.

5. Have students share answers to question 6 to generate discussion.

6. Tell students that when conducting their research they should keep in mind the 4 major factors that underlie the increase over resource conflict in the 21st Century:
1. economic globalization
2. unsustainable consumption
3. population growth
4. economic warfare in poor and developing countries

7. It is these four major factors that should help direct what their Country Displays communicate effectively and powerfully.

Embedded Assessment

PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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