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Population Education


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Health, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Article
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

South and Central America, Caribbean, Oceania, Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East



A Woman's Place

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Population Connection

  • This three-part lesson introduces the concept that in many places around the world, women are only valued for their ability to produce children, which negatively impacts these women and increases global birth and fertility rates. 
  • Students will read two articles, answer discussion questions, and participate in an eye-opening activity leading to a nuanced understanding of a complex topic.
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson provides many perspectives, activities, and insights to the lives of girls and women in other parts of the world.
  • The lesson can be differentiated or adapted with other articles or videos if needed. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The Los Angeles Times article is only available with a subscription, so you may have to skip that section of part 2.
  • Students should have some background knowledge regarding fertility rates and how family planning positively impacts women and the environment
  • Teachers will need to input their email and name in order to download the lesson, article, data set, and student worksheet. 
  • You will need enough pennies or other objects that can be "flipped" for the activity and students will need access to the internet to conduct research in groups for part 3.


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in language arts classes for reading non-fiction and reading comprehension, in geography classes when considering cultural differences in different areas around the world, and in science and health classes when discussing fertility, the life cycle, and development. 
  • After the activity in lesson two, consider having students share out their learning in a format of their choice: podcast, poster, video, or presentation. 
  • As an extension, any of the discussion questions could be reformatted to become engaging writing topics for student essays. 
  • This lesson should provide students with the opportunity to empathize and understand the hardships and challenges that others face, while also educating them about the current status of women and girls in many countries.
  • Connections to the climate crisis, species extinction crisis, and global environmental decline can be made using these resources that connect sustainability, population, and resource use with climate change.
Scientist Notes
Students can use the activity in this resource to learn about and assess the effects of child marriage on society and population growth. The resource is suggested for teaching because it contains only recent materials.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • 9-10.RI.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • 11-12.RI.1 Analyze what the text says explicitly as well as inferentially, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain; cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis. Identify areas where the text leaves ideas unclear or unexplored.
      • 11-12.RI.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another, and matters left uncertain, in order to provide a complex analysis. Provide an evidence-based summary of the text that includes analysis.
      • 11-12.RI.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats to address a question or solve a problem.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • 9-10.SL.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • 11-12.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, perspective, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
      • 11-12.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective; ensure that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
  • Mathematics
    • Data Reasoning and Probability (9-12)
      • HS.DR.B.7 Apply an appropriate data collection plan when collecting primary data or selecting secondary data for the statistical investigative question of interest.
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