America Offline

What percent of American adults do NOT use the internet?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What is the big story the chart tells?

  3. Explain one cause of the trend in the chart:

  4. Explain one consequence of the trend in the chart:

  5. Is this good or bad news?

  6. List one question you have about this chart:

  7. Describe the level of political participation of the15% of Americans who are offline:

  8. Use the data from the chart to extrapolate what percent of American adults will be offline in 2030:

  9. How well informed would you be without the internet?

  10. Describe what you imagine the typical offline American would look like demographically:*

  11. There are government programs to increase internet access for those who cannot afford or access it. In the comments section, explain whether you think it would benefit our country for more people to be online:

Learning Extension

Read the entire Pew report about Americans and the internet.

Action Extension

Consider how being offline would affect your knowledge of world affairs and politics. Using the data from the bonus chart below* create a typical offline American and share your imaginary person (and your ideas about their political participation) with the class.

And now a special gift from me to you: *Bonus Chart!!!

Regions with 1 Billion Inhabitants

¿What is the world's current POPULATION (within one billion)?

Map of the world divided into seven regions of a BILLION people each.


  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What SURPRISES you most about this map?

  3. Which is the BIGGEST & which is the smallest region by area?

  4. What question do you have about this map?

  5. Does population = power?

  6. How do you imagine this map is going to CHANGE over the next 20 years?

  7. In 1804 the earth passed the MILESTONE of 1 billion people. In other words, this entire map, for the year 1800, would have been one color. How many colors do you think we'll have by 2100?

  8. By 2040 it's predicted that this map will have 10 colors (meaning 10 billion people). Why do you think the world's population is increasing so much?

  9. And what do you think is one consequence of that increase?

  10. In the comments section explain why this map make you feel FUZZY (happy) or PRICKLY (anxious):

Learning & Action Extension

Read the U.S. State Department's official policy on global population and contact Secretary of State John Kerry to explain your opinion of this policy:

Learning Extension Extension

Check out the three UN predictions for the population in 2100 in the chart below.

How old will you be in 2100?

Rockin' In The Free World?

¿How free is the world?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about the map and tables?

  3. What is the big story that this map tells?

  4. Why do you think that is?

  5. How do you think Freedom House defines and measures “Freedom”?

  6. What geographical patterns or trends do you find in the map?

  7. What is the most free region of the world?

  8. What is the least free region of the world?

  9. What do you think is the main explanation for why some parts of the world are free and others aren't?

  10. Explain whether this is all generally good news or bad news?

  11. In the comments section share whether you think the U.S. should take a role in making the world more free:

Learning Extension

Read the entire Freedom House Report: Freedom In The World 2016

Action Extension

Contact President Obama and explain the role you believe the U.S. should take in making the world more free.

Bonus Map Just For Fun

Independent Living?

What percent of young Americans age 18-34 live independently?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprising is this data?

  3. Does this data make you feel optimistic about the future?

  4. What is one trend you see in the data?

  5. How do you explain this trend?

  6. Do you plan to live independently by age 34?

  7. How does the data from the chart compare to the experiences of your friends and family?

  8. How much do you hold the government responsible for the unemployment rate for young people?

  9. What do you think this chart will look like over the next 10 years?

  10. In the comments section, explain whether more kids living with their parents is good news or bad news:

Action Extension

Contact your congressional representative and ask them what they are doing to lower the unemployment rate for young Americans.

Bonus Map

Here's what the rates look like for Europeans. Note the age for Europeans (25-34) is different than the age for Americans (18-34)

Global Language

What is the world's most commonly spoken language?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What was most surprising about this information?

  3. Would you say there is such thing as a global language?

  4. Is this infographic good news or bad news?

  5. What does globalization have to do with this infographic?

  6. How many languages do you speak?

  7. Just 500 years ago, less than 5 million people spoke English. Why has that number grown so much?

  8. How do you think the globalization of language and spread of English has affected your life?

  9. One entire language is lost every 14 days. What do you think globalization has to do with this?

  10. If you could learn only one other language, explain which you would choose in the comments section:

Learning Extension

By the end of the century, nearly half the world's languages are predicted to become extinct. Explore this fantastic National Geographic interactive website on disappearing languages.

Action Extension

Learn one of the languages the world is predicted to lose in the next century.