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Singapore at Fifty

Lesson Plan Author(s): 
Tyler Bradford & John Giles
Singapore at Fifty
Teaching Area: 
World Studies from 750 BCE to 1600 CE: Ancient Greece to the First Global Age
ONLS 7.20; CCSS.ELA-­Literacy.RH.6-­8.2
Grade Level: 
Teaching Level: 
Middle Childhood
Origins Item(s): 

In this lesson, students will perform a close reading of an article that focuses on the modern economic emergence of Singapore in an era characterized by the globalization of trade. This lesson is designed to develop students’ abilities to comprehend, synthesize, and analyze a complex text. Students will identify and define key vocabulary in each excerpt from the article. Next, they will summarize the main idea of each excerpt. Students will then analyze the factors that have contributed to Singapore’s reliance or success on trade based on the reading passage. After the analysis of the excerpts and in the closing of the lesson, students will predict the future of Singapore in the form of an exit slip. Questions that students respond to are located within the PowerPoint but can be integrated into in the form of open-ended questions for students to record their responses to digitally. This medium of interactive technology is a method for engaging students and provides the instructor with immediate feedback to guide instruction.

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Lesson Plan

Singapore Presentation

Key Words: 
Singapore, close reading, trade, analysis