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Social Studies - 11th

Exploring Globalization: The Impact of International Trade

Lesson Summary:

In this activity, students will explore the concept of globalization and its impact on international trade. They will analyze the benefits and challenges of globalization, examine the role of multinational corporations, and investigate the effects of trade agreements on economies around the world. Through interactive discussions, research, and group work, students will gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of the global economy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the definition and key features of globalization
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of globalization
  • Examine the role of multinational corporations in the global economy
  • Analyze the impact of trade agreements on economies
  • Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate the effects of globalization


This activity will be conducted over a span of two weeks and will involve a combination of individual research, group discussions, and presentations. Students will be provided with relevant resources, including articles, videos, and case studies, to support their learning. They will also have access to online platforms for collaborative work and information gathering.


  • Laptops or computers with internet access
  • Printed articles and case studies on globalization and international trade
  • Projector or smartboard for multimedia presentations
  • Online collaboration tools (e.g., Google Docs, Padlet)


Day 1:

  1. Introduce the concept of globalization and its impact on international trade. Discuss the interconnectedness of economies and the role of trade in promoting economic growth.
  2. Divide students into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of globalization to research (e.g., cultural exchange, labor migration, technological advancements).
  3. Provide students with the necessary resources and guide them in conducting their research. Encourage critical thinking and analysis of the chosen aspect.
  4. Ask each group to create a presentation summarizing their findings. They should include examples and real-life case studies to support their arguments.

Day 2:

  1. Allow each group to present their findings to the class. Encourage active participation and thoughtful questions from the audience.
  2. Facilitate a class discussion on the benefits and challenges of globalization. Encourage students to consider different perspectives and provide evidence to support their arguments.
  3. Introduce the concept of multinational corporations and their role in the global economy. Discuss the impact of multinational corporations on local economies and labor practices.
  4. Assign a case study on a specific multinational corporation for students to analyze. They should evaluate the corporation's impact on the host country's economy, environment, and society.

Day 3:

  1. Allow students time to research and analyze the assigned case study. They should consider both positive and negative aspects of the corporation's presence in the host country.
  2. Ask each student to write a short reflection paper summarizing their findings and providing their own perspective on the role of multinational corporations in the global economy.
  3. Facilitate a class discussion based on the students' reflections. Encourage respectful debate and the exploration of different viewpoints.
  4. Introduce the concept of trade agreements and their impact on economies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of trade agreements for participating countries.

Day 4:

  1. Divide students into pairs and assign each pair a specific trade agreement to research (e.g., NAFTA, EU, ASEAN).
  2. Provide students with resources on their assigned trade agreement and guide them in analyzing its impact on the participating countries' economies.
  3. Ask each pair to create a visual representation (e.g., infographic, poster) summarizing their findings. They should highlight the main benefits and challenges of the trade agreement.
  4. Allow students to present their visual representations to the class. Encourage peer feedback and discussion.

Day 5:

  1. Conduct a class debate on the effects of globalization and international trade. Divide the class into two groups: one representing the proponents of globalization and the other representing the critics.
  2. Provide students with time to prepare their arguments and gather evidence to support their positions.
  3. Facilitate the debate, ensuring that all students have an opportunity to express their views and respond to counterarguments.
  4. Conclude the activity with a reflection session, allowing students to share their thoughts on the impact of globalization and international trade on the world.


Assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • Active participation in group discussions and class activities
  • Quality of research and analysis in individual and group assignments
  • Clarity and effectiveness of presentations and visual representations
  • Thoughtful reflection papers demonstrating critical thinking skills
  • Engagement and contribution during the class debate

By the end of this activity, students should have a comprehensive understanding of globalization, its impact on international trade, and the various factors influencing the global economy. They should be able to critically analyze the benefits and challenges of globalization, evaluate the role of multinational corporations, and assess the effects of trade agreements on economies around the world.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7

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