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Population Education


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, English Language Arts, Health

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Articles and Websites
  • Worksheets
  • 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.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Mathematics
    • Statistics & Probability: Interpreting Categorical & Quantitative Data (9-12)
      • HSS.ID.B.5 Summarize categorical data for two categories in two-way frequency tables. Interpret relative frequencies in the context of the data (including joint, marginal, and conditional relative frequencies). Recognize possible associations and trends in the data.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CR.11–12.1 Accurately cite a range of thorough textual evidence and make relevant connections to strongly support a comprehensive analysis of multiple aspects of what an informational text says explicitly and inferentially, as well as interpretations of the text.
      • RI.CI.11–12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how they are developed and refined over the course of a text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex account or analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RI.MF.11–12.6 Synthesize complex information across multiple sources and formats to develop ideas, resolve conflicting information, or develop an interpretation that goes beyond explicit text information (e.g., express a personal point of view, or new interpretation of the concept).
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.PE.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with peers on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • SL.ES.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
      • SL.PI.11-12.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically. The content, organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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