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Featured Lesson Plan
  • 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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    » Additional Lesson Ideas:

    Editorial Statements

    • 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.

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