Lesson 2: Interpreting Economic Development
Learning Targets and Language Objectives
Question: How do the two economic indicators of income and life expectancy give a picture of the standard of living and level of development in a country?
Stem: Income and Life Expectancy affect standard of living and a country’s level of development because __________.
Signal: When you can answer the question with at least one two examples, stand up.
Share: Have students find a partner and use the sentence stems to share their ideas. Ask the person with the longest hair to begin sharing. Allow 1 minute for each partner to share their ideas.
Assess: call on pairs to share their thoughts with the whole group.
Between 1950 and today, population growth and quality of life have changed throughout the world. But these changes have occurred at different rates and at different times.
Use the website WorldPopulationHistory.org to participate in the class discussion.
Which regions of the world have high levels of variation in fertility rates?
As we progress through this part of the lesson, pay particular attention to where your assigned region falls in rankings for the different indicators. Remember that the statistics on the cards represent averages for each region. As you saw on the map, there are significant statistical variations even within regions.
Open the WGS_Comparing Regional Economic Indicators_Unit 10.
Review the directions then work in your groups to complete the work.
Choose a spokesperson for your assigned region and have that person share the group answer to the “Big Questions”:
One person should be responsible for posting the completed WGS_Comparing Regional Economic Indicators_Unit 10 handout on the Class Discussion Board in the Hub. Make the region name the title of the post. This work will be available if you choose to review or comment on the data or interpretations of any group.
Revisit the Learning Targets and complete the post-assessment, citing evidence in the last column.
GDP per capita
GDP (PPP) per capita
Level of Foreign Investors
Primary Economic Activity
Secondary Economic Activity
Tertiary Economic Activity
Quaternary Economic Activity
Facts of Growth & Development
Productivity and Growth