During my time teaching in a bilingual school in Guatemala City, I taught geography to two groups of highly motivated 9th graders. This was a class I genuinely loved to teach, because my passion for world travel, languages, and cultures could really shine. One of my favorite units of study was about Asia. This region of the world is home to roughly two-thirds of the world population, but is often overlooked and under-studied in our Western classrooms.
One of the focuses during our study of this region was the environmental impact of heavy manufacturing on these countries. It is true that China among others are benefiting richly from international trade, but at what cost?
During my unit of study with these ninth-graders, we read and discussed this article that can be downloaded from my TeacherPayTeachers store: