This lesson will have students explore the two systems of ‘Capitalism’ and ‘Socialism’. Students will go beyond the surface level of understanding, and will be prompted to apply their knowledge of these two economic systems to a distant, isolated culture called ‘Ladakh’, who have been dramatically transformed by “development” or capitalism. Students will analyze a documentary film and identify examples of each economic system. Two critical thinking activities are included that will serve to demonstrate their new understandings and have students delve deeper into the economic & political dynamics shown in the film.
1) 'Loop/Web Diagram'- Students will show how the road coming into Ladakh has changed their culture and environment.
2) Debate- In this extension activity students will be assigned one of five perspectives; all of which were presented in the documentary. This activity will prompt students to rethink any assumptions and understandings they may have had tied to the concepts of progress, development, wealth and poverty.
• Lesson Plan
• 1 PowerPoint (26 Slides)
• Documentary film titled ‘Ancient Futures: Learning from the Ladakh’
• Grading Rubrics
• Printable Handouts:
o HANDOUT #1: Guided PowerPoint Notes
o HANDOUT #2: Economic Cheat Sheet
o HANDOUT #3: Economic Labels
o HANDOUT #4: Debate Activity