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Lesson Plan: Democracy

Goal: Provide students understanding of origins of democracy, goals and current incarnations.

Rationale: Students will be given this lesson at the beginning of the year. They should have some understanding of Democracy, but little comprehension of its origins or modern incarnations. Looking at Taiwan and SK, will give the students an understanding that democracies are still happening and they change over time.

Introduction (5-7 minutes): Students will have a free writing exercise in which they will describe the best form of government.

Vocabulary (3 minutes): Students will try to come up with a good definition on their own of “Democracy”.

1st Activity (5-7 minutes): Students will be asked to come up with a list of possible problems or challenges of democracy as well as a list of advantages of Democracy. Discuss as a class afterwards

2nd Activity (5-7 minutes): Students will read page 7-8 in their textbook and list the reasons why Greek society developed Democracy.

2nd Activity (15 minutes): They will read the article “Stanford Scholars Examine evolution of Democracy in South Korea, Taiwan”

They will write down some of the challenges successes of these new democracies.
Students are to compare and contrast ways that South Korea and Taiwan are similar and different from Greece in terms of need and use of democracy.

Assessment: Students should be able to provide an accurate description of a democracy and details of historical and current incarnations of it.

Lesson Plan: Cold War Spying

Goal: Students will understand the danger of spying on foreign countries.

Rationale: Students will be given this lesson during their unit on the Cold War. They should know about spying in general, and the growing tension between the US and the Soviet Union, but will likely not have any knowledge of past incidents between the US, China and the Soviet Union. Students will get a chance to see the consequences of spying.

Introduction (5 minutes): Students will free write on this question, “Is it okay to spy on a foreign country? Why or why not? List the different situations where it might be acceptable to spy on a foreign country.

Vocabulary (3-5 minutes): Students will come up with their own definition of the term “espionage”

1st activity (20 minutes): Students will be asked to think of any recent events that they know of in which the US spied on others. Come up with a list and discuss the incidents with students (possible answers, NSA phone, foreign leaders). Try to come up with a possible reason for spying on them. They will then read about the U-2 spy plane incident on page 536. They are to list the possible reasons for and inherent dangers in spying on the Soviet Union.

2nd activity (10 minutes): Students are to come up with possible reasons why the US would spy on China. Once a list is generated, display Professor Dube’s PowerPoint “Why Teach About East Asia” and share info on the EP-3 spy plane and the USS Impeccable. What are some repercussions that we can face because of our spying on China?

Assessment: Students should be able to identify past and recent examples of spying as well as provide rational advantages and disadvantages for spying on foreign countries.

Lesson Plan: Intro to Korea

Goal: Provide a brief introduction into Korean history, culture and language (This will be a multiple day lesson.)

Rational: Before learning about the Korean War, students will learn about what happened in Korean prior to this and since. Students will have very little background knowledge if Korean history, culture and language.

Intro activity(5-7 minutes): Students will work in their groups to write down everything they know about Korea. We will attempt to remove any stereotypes.

1st. Activity (10 minutes): Students will take notes on Clayton Dube’s PowerPoint “Korea-Geography”. They should get a general understanding of Korean history.

2nd Activity (25 minutes): students will get to hear Korean language and learn a little. They will watch a clip of the film “Tae Guk Gi” or any Korean film available. They will then listen to the only Korean song they have likely heard in their life “Gangnam style” but they will be looking at the lyrics translated in English and Romanized Korean. They are to listen to the pronunciation of words and phrases. They are to write down a few phrases and practice saying them to their teammates.

3rd. Activity (55 minutes) Students will be given a chapter to read from the file “Korean History For International Students”. It will be their responsibility to create a display board (or poster paper) with all summaries and picture of the various topics discussed in their chapter. They will do most of the reading as homework and have a small amount of time in class to set up their board and present to the class.
As a treat, the teacher can provide Korean food to the students if they are available and affordable.

Assessment: Students should go into the discussion of the Korean war with a better understanding of Korean history and culture. Their boards should have multiple sections based on the chapter they receive. It should have visuals in addition to writing.

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I love how this is laid out with time limits. I find that without the time limits there, I always let myself go over and then my 1 day lesson became multi-day by complete accident. I really like how you also added in writing time! Especially with the big push toward common core and the idea of expanding their writing to all subjects. I realize I need to add more of that free writing time in my own classes this year, and my Asian lesson plans. This looks like a really great break down of lessons! Good luck this year