Social Studies

Mock United Nations Security Council Debate; Model UN and Debate Lesson

In this one-session class, students are Ambassadors in an emergency session of the UN Security Council for lively debate leading to a vote on actions the Security Council will take on the pretend invasion of Genovia by the State of Panem.
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75 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


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Class Experience

Students will learn how to analyze documentation, evaluate information, construct an argument for debate and reach a consensus.  Students will learn about operations of the UN, the Security Council and social studies based vocabulary words with real-world relevance to these international organizations.  Students will consider and learn about the development of foreign policy.  Furthermore, students will learn about planning, organization and time management, as discussion and debate need to timely move towards a vote on what action(s) should be taken.
Students will be expected before class to go through information provided by the teacher on their State.  This will include some background information on their State and initial guided opinions on the conflict.  Students may also perform their own research in addition to the material I email them on their State prior to class.  Additional research is by no means at all a requirement but just provides an option for learners to do more work if they desire.  This may also allow parents / caregivers an option to have their kids fill up more time on the class.  Either way entering the class with even a few notes and points of background knowledge will improve ability of learners to actrively participate, engage in and get the most out of class.
Prior to class I will email to learners background knowledge on their State as well as some general information on their State's initial goals for a decision of this mock emergency meeting of the Security Council.
Learners are assessed formatively on an ongoing basis during the class.  Also, since the instuctor knows both information provided to all learners about their specific State as well as their State's initial opinions on the conflict before starting the class, the instructor will ask questions as needed to bring different learners into the class.  The summative / final assessment is based on having the class vote and decide on an action to be taken by the UN Security Council regarding the conflict.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Adam Rothwell, MAT and JDHigh School Social Studies Teacher and Licensed Attorney
32 total reviews
53 completed classes

About Me

I have practiced law for 20 years and teach high school social studies in general education in Baltimore County Public Schools.  I am a board member of the Education Law Association, and I have been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers... 
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