Suggested length: 2-3 class periods (45-55 minutes each); if students work on their essays at home, then only 2 lesson periods will be necessary.
Device accessibility: 1 device per student; if 1 device per student is not possible, direct students to review the Kialo Edu discussion at home, prior to the lesson.
- At a glance
- Learning objective(s)
- Prior knowledge
- Teacher preparation
- Provided materials
- Lesson plan
- Related Kialo discussion
- Downloadable files
At a glance
This Kialo Edu discussion touches on some of the advantages and disadvantages of international trade for countries. After exploring the discussion, students will choose a prompt from a suggested list and write an individual essay on a trade-related topic (e.g. tariffs, trade agreements, etc).
In this lesson, students will:
- Explore an argument map that contains the benefits and drawbacks of global trade.
- Evaluate these arguments and then use them to formulate independent arguments in an essay context.
This Kialo discussion is suitable for students with a basic familiarity with economics. To best support your students, encourage them to spend time going over the glossary in the discussion background.
- Make 1 clone of the discussion for each class.
- Enable voting on the new clone(s).
- When inviting students to the discussion, give them Suggester permissions.
- The Kialo discussion “Is More Trade Always Beneficial for Countries?” (Also embedded below.) This includes:
- Instructions and recommendations for students.
- A glossary of key terms relating to international trade.
- A fully developed Kialo discussion for students to explore. The discussion covers the advantages and disadvantages of global trade.
- Lesson plan for educators (.docx / .pdf)
- Suggested rubric for grading a writing assignment (.docx / .pdf)
- A Trade Glossary presentation for the starter activity (.pptx /.pdf)
- Click here (.zip) to download all additional resources.
If students work on their essays at home, then only 2 lesson periods will be necessary.
- Opener (10-15 minutes)
- Part A: Going over the Trade Glossary presentation (15-20 minutes)
- Part B: Students explore the Kialo discussion (20-25 minutes)
- Part C: Students begin their essays (focus of 1 class period)
- Optional closer (10 minutes)
An argumentative essay on one of the following prompts:
- If you were a farmer in India, would you support a trade agreement with the EU?
- Should the US use tariffs to protect their steel and manufacturing industries?
- Should India continue to keep tariffs so high?
- Why do richer countries tend to have lower tariffs rates than poorer ones?
- Should the US continue to subsidize large parts of their agriculture sector?
Browse for current trade events if you would like to add further discussion topics to the essay options.
Opener (10-15 minutes)
- Discuss with the class a current event related to trade (e.g. the Brexit fuel crisis).
Part A: Going over the Trade Glossary presentation (15-20 minutes)
- Display the Trade Glossary presentation for the students.
- Go through each of the terms and ask students to try to explain their meaning or define them.
Part B: Students explore the Kialo discussion at their own pace (20-25 minutes)
- Direct students to explore the Kialo discussion, clicking on any of the embedded sources that they find interesting. The discussion has plenty of linked sources, so students should be encouraged to click on the ones they find most interesting.
- Ask students to vote highly on the 5 claims that they find most impactful in the Kialo discussion.
Part C: Students begin their essays (focus of 1 class period)
- Go over the instructions and recommendations included in the Kialo discussion background with your students.
- Direct students to begin writing their essays individually.
Optional closer (10 minutes)
- Review how students voted as a class. Are there any patterns in how the students voted?
- Have students volunteer to explain why they voted as they did for their chosen claims.