Global Inequalities: Economic Development & Quality of Life Grade 8 Ontario Curriculum


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Lessons will expose students to a variety of concepts and terms that are connected with the Global Inequalities curriculum. The assignments connected with this book are planned to give students maximum exposure to geography issues in Canada and the world.

Learning Intentions:

  • Identify and describe the significance of indicators that identify the quality of life on a global scale, and different types of economic systems.
  • Explain how the four main economic sectors are related to global development.
  • Identify groups and organizations that work to improve quality of life.
  • Describe various factors that can contribute to economic development.
  • Evaluate evidence and draw conclusions about issues related to global development.
  • Analyze and construct maps as part of investigations into issues related to global development and quality of life.
  • Examine connecting factors that contribute to the quality of life and how these factors have affected the economies of specific developed and developing countries around the world.
  • Examine the effectiveness of media in improving the quality of life in some countries and regions around the world.
  • 6 Lessons & 3 Assignments, plus a Unit Test!

The activities in this book have two intentions: to teach concepts that relate to Global Inequalities and allow the students a chance to explore their ideas through active research and collaboration with their peers.

This book does not cover every single expectation of the curriculum. The activities that accompany this book are meant to complement the lessons that are given and allow students the chance to access wide ranges of skills and abilities in the learning process.

The book starts off with the first lesson Factors Affecting Development. The students have the chance to learn about the many factors that help propel development and might impede in the expansion of development of a community.

The second lesson Different Economic Systems provides the students with the opportunities to explore and learn about the different types of economies that are practiced around the world.

The third lesson Global Wealth has the students looking at excess and learning about who and where the majority of the wealth in the world is possessed.

The fourth lesson Quality of Life is focused on the basic needs we all require in order to have a high quality of life. Students will examine what is a need and what is a luxury.

In the fifth lesson Making a Difference is focused on how we can make a difference in the world. The students will learn about the affect Ryan Hreljac had when he was a young boy and how his idea grew into an organization that is helping to provide clean water to people in need around the world.

The sixth lesson The GDP is focused on showing the students what the GDP is and how each country in the world has a different set of resources that combine to produce their own GDP.

The Extras contain bonus assignments that the teacher can use as additional assessment pieces to the main unit. This is also where you will find the Unit Test and Answer Key.

Meeting Your Student’s Needs: Depending on the needs of the students in your class, the teacher may want to scan any Reading Notes into Kurzweil on the computer. By doing this, no matter the reading abilities of your students, they will be able to access the information of the text.

Teachers are also encouraged to allow their students to collaborate on as many activities as possible, in order to allow all students to be successful without modifying the text significantly.



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