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Micro Teach Lesson Plan

Richard Williams and Jody Berquam

October 4, 2015
Understanding Characteristics of Modernized Countries: World History 11th Grade
Activity Objective
The Student will write characteristics of a modernized country by analyzing information using
periodical reviews from the United Nations Development Programme
College and Career Ready Standards: SSHS-S2C9-05
Strand 2: World History
Concept 9: Contemporary World
PO 5: Connect Current events with historical events and issues using information from class
discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books,
Anticipatory Set:
Remember learning about the industrialized revolution last year in U.S. History? We would like
for you to write down what you think the top 5 countries that are modernized today in order.
Go over the correct countries by calling on students randomly by drawing popsicle sticks using
Today we are going to learn about current standards for a country to be modernized.
The following countries are by the United Nations Development Programme the top 5
modernized countries:
5. United States
4. Netherlands
3. Switzerland
2. Australia
1. Norway
Did your list match?
Does anyone know why these countries are considered the top 5?

They are considered top 5 because they have the Highest Human Development Index (HDI) and
Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
What are HDI and GDP?
Please write as I read 3 minutes
Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of average achievement in key
dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a
decent standard of living. The HDI is the geometric mean of normalized indices for each of the
three dimensions
Gross domestic product (GDP) is the monetary value of all the finished goods and services
produced within a country's borders in a specific time period. Though GDP is usually calculated
on an annual basis, it can be calculated on a quarterly basis as well. GDP includes all private and
public consumption, government outlays, investments and exports minus imports that occur
within a defined territory. Put simply, GDP is a broad measurement of a nations overall
economic activity.
The GDP and HDI help base the decision for whether or not a country is considered modern or
Think, Pair, Share:
In groups of two and possible one group of three depending on attendance, using elbow partners
assigned by teacher, students will take 30 seconds to write down on a piece of paper some of the
characteristics that they think all of the top 5 have in common. The students will then take 3
minutes to take turns sharing their answer with their partner and constructively supporting each
other. The student with the largest shoes goes first.
Check for understanding:
We will clarify the students understand what the activity requires by asking questions using askpause-call after picking popsicle sticks.
How will groups be assigned?
What are you going to write down?
How long do you have to write down your answer?
Who will share first?
After sharing what will your partner do?

The students will share what the characteristics are with the class. We will then ask the class
thumbs up or thumbs down if they agree with the student. We will direct conversation if
required to make sure the answer is focused on objective.
Material and Resources:
Prezi Presentation
Popsicle sticks
I. Answer the following Multiple Choice Questions.
1. GDP stands for:
a. Great Domestic People b. Gross Diagram Presentation c. Gross Domestic
2. HDI stands for:
a. Human Depressive Issues b. Human Development Index c. Human Domestic
II. Please fill in the blanks using the correct word from the word bank.
Word Bank:
United Nations


Modern Country

Developing Country United States World Bank





The United States is considered a __3__ because it has a high __4__, which indicates a strong
economy, and a high __5__, which includes the standard of living. The United States is given
this a top 5 ranking by the __6__ because of the combination of the two indicators.

Please answer True or False
7. GDP represents the monetary value of some goods and services produced within a continents
geographic boarders over a general period of time _____
8. HDI is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development
Links for Research: