» Additional Lesson Ideas:
- Ask students to write a one paragraph summary of what they believe is good or bad about Wal-Mart.
- Based upon this summary, information from the film and/or additional research, have students create a persuasive letter, poem or cartoon that illustrates their viewpoint.
- Encourage students to use computer technology to create graphs, import pictures or use clip art in their projects.
Outsourcing and Campaign Promises
Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town
This documentary, which aired on PBS several years ago, looks at the story of the how the people of Ashland, Virginia, dealt with Wal-Mart's decision to open a store in their community. The accompanying Web site includes the following lesson plans:
The Impact of Big-Box Stores on Ashland, Virginia, (and on your town)
Students will learn about the impact and effect a big-box department store chain has on a community by analyzing the Ashland, Virginia, situation. They will also analyze how chain stores impact their own communities.
Role-Playing the Ashland/Wal-Mart Story
In this activity, students will role-play persons involved in the Ashland/Wal-Mart story in a "talk show" format, demonstrating their knowledge of the implications of this issue as seen through the eyes of the participants.
Should We Let Them In? A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Allowing a New Chain Store Into Town
Students will summarize the possible costs and benefits of a Wal-Mart opening in their town in economic, social and environmental terms, and write an assessment for their town's mayor.