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  • Are Low Prices Always a Good Thing?
  • Student Handout: Viewer's Guide
  • Student Handout: Are Low Prices Always a Good Thing?

  • Additional Lesson Ideas
  • Editorial Statements
  • Outsourcing and Campaign Promises
  • Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town

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    » Lesson Plan

    Are Low Prices Always a Good Thing?

    » Lesson Objectives:

    In this lesson, students will evaluate:

    • The positive and negative aspects of Wal-Mart's pricing policies
    • The impact that outsourcing has had on the United States economy

    » Materials Needed:

    Internet Access
    Student Handout: Viewer's Guide
    Student Handout: Are Low Prices Always a Good Thing?

    » Time Needed:

    60 minutes to watch the documentary
    10-20 minutes for the discussion questions
    60-90 minutes for researching and reporting on the material from the student handout

    » Procedure:

    1. Instruct students to read the definitions and then answer the questions as they view the documentary.

    2. Conduct a large group discussion using the questions from the Viewer's Guide.

    3. Divide the class into small groups and have half of the groups research the advantages of outsourcing and the other half the disadvantages.

    4. Ask each group to make a short presentation about their research findings or have individuals from each group take part in a debate on the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing.

    » Method of Assessment:

    Class discussion
    Submission of handouts
    Research presentation

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