Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 11440

Have you held a globe in your hand? Makes the world seem small, yes? Just about anything you can hold is evidence of how small the world has become. Learn more as you create a passport for your town!


Geography, World Cultures

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personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Unless you are living in a cave in some remote location, you are really living an international life! You may not have thought of it that way, but the world is so interconnected nowadays that it is impossible to escape the influence of faraway people, places, cultures, and events.

  • How many countries are represented by items in your home?

Culture is continuously moving from place to place, influencing new peoples and cultures, in a process called diffusion.

Globalization, however, is a special case of cultural diffusion, and cultures are shifting and changing at a rate unknown before.

  • Why is this happening now?

Check out the video below to find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the definition of globalization?
  • What is the evidence provided for globalization?
  • How is this phenomenon different from or similar to cultural diffusion?
  • What are the positives and negatives of globalization?
  • When did globalization start?

Watch the What is Globalization? video below courtesy of Rolin Corporation. As you watch, write down information and ideas to answer the questions above:

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Locate at least two or three sources on globalization using your own research. Add any new information and ideas you locate to your notes.

Identify at least ten things you have in your house that come from some other country or show the influence of another culture. Make a list of the items and the places from which they come.

Then, reflect on the following questions and discuss with a parent or teacher:

  • How has the world become more and more interconnected over time?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of that interconnectedness?
  • What is evidence of global connections in our own community?

Since globalization has become the new normal, you may not have noticed its effects before. In the Got It? section, you will focus on one cultural element and trace how that element moved across time and place to influence other cultures and peoples.

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