English Language Arts
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High School
  • Grade 12 ELA
  • Reading
  • Xenophobia
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    Globalization 101

    Globalization 101


    What is globalization? In this lesson, students will explore answers to the question by reading information from a website called Globalization 101. They’ll choose one area of interest to explore from this website. Students will plan a presentation to share their findings with the whole class.


    • Read the lesson and student content.
    • Anticipate student difficulties and identify the differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.
    • Confirm you can access the Globalization 101 website ( ).

    Independent Reading Text

    • Do a quick poll of students to find out which Independent Reading text they chose.


    Which book did you choose for Independent Reading?

    • Share with a partner your initial impressions of your Independent Reading book.
    • Share your choice with your classmates.

    What Is Globalization?

    • Go to the website Globalization 101 ( ) and help your students navigate to “What Is Globalization?”
    • Students should identify unknown words and phrases and summarize each paragraph in a brief statement. Summaries and notes might include the following:
      • ✓ Paragraph 1 summary: The website gives a broad definition of globalization at the beginning.
      • ✓ Paragraph 2 summary: This paragraph gives a brief history of globalization.
      • ✓ Paragraph 2 note: International trade has been a part of the world for centuries. The map shows the trade routes used.
      • ✓ Paragraph 3 note: Policy is made by governments.
      • ✓ Paragraph 3 note: Recent change has especially been fueled by advances in communications technology.
      • ✓ Paragraph 3 summary: In modern times, globalization has increased quantitatively and qualitatively.
      • ✓ Paragraph 4 note: In a free-market economic system, governments do not control things such as pricing but instead rely on supply and demand.
      • ✓ Paragraph 4 summary: With free-market systems, globalization has changed in that corporations have become international.
      • ✓ Paragraph 5 summary: Technology has made communication easier and faster.
      • ✓ Paragraph 6 summary: Though globalization is exciting for businesses, critics argue that it hurts local common people whose cultures and enterprises are overtaken by big corporations.
      • ✓ Paragraph 7 summary: The purpose of this website is to allow citizens of the world to understand globalization and be educated about policies.
      • ELL: As students share, be sure that all ELLs are involved in the sharing as actively as other students. Avoid situations in which ELLs avoid the activity by allowing other students to “take over.”
    • After students have shared their summaries, point out that at the lower left of the web page are a number of subtopics. Among the topics listed are Environment, Women, Technology, Culture, Migration, and Human Rights.
    • Students should choose one area of interest and let you know which they are going to explore. If some students don’t have an immediate choice, you could assign a subtopic no one else has chosen.

    Work Time

    In this episode, you will deal with several questions, including “What is globalization?”

    Go to the Globalization 101 website,

    Select the “What Is Globalization?” link.

    Read “What Is Globalization?”

    • Identify any words or phrases you don’t know.
    • Write a brief summary for each of the seven paragraphs.

    Open Notebook

    Share your paragraph summaries with the whole class and review any unknown words or phrases.

    You Have a Choice

    You can work independently, work with a partner, work with a small group, or request a conference with your teacher.

    Globalization 101

    • Give students time to explore the website’s subtopics.
    • Let them know you expect a brief presentation on what they find. Partners may collaborate on the report and submit it for others to read.
      • SWD: In preparing the presentations, be sure that all SWDs are engaged meaningfully. If some students need support, consider grouping those who need extra help to offer personalized support.

    Work Time

    Working with your teacher, choose a subtopic of globalization to explore. If your partner wants to explore a different subtopic, find someone who wants to explore the subtopic you are interested in.

    • Explore your subtopic at Globalization 101
    • Prepare a brief presentation on the issues and ideas you discover in your reading. You will present during Lesson 14.
    • In addition, explain how your subtopic addresses (or does not address) this question:
      • How do we behave toward and acknowledge those whose culture is different from our own?

    Open Notebook

    You may do a multimedia presentation if you wish.

    Globalization 101

    • With the time remaining, call on one or two sets of partners who explored different subtopics.
    • Let students know they will be sharing their presentations in groups during Lesson 14.


    What did you learn about your subtopic?

    • If your teacher calls on you and your partner, share some of the issues and ideas that you found in your subtopic.

    Independent Reading

    • Remind students of the format of a Dialectical Journal.
      • ELL: Be sure that ELLs have access to a dictionary and that they have time to discuss with a partner before writing in their journals, to help them organize their thoughts. Allow ELLs who share the same primary language to discuss in that language if they wish.


    Continue your Independent Reading.

    • Read your Independent Reading book. Plan to finish the book by Lesson 22.
    • Write a Dialectical Journal entry with at least three quotations and submit it to your teacher.