Unit One City Life & Country Life Mr. Doherty Builds His Dream Life
Objectives: • identify differences between urban and rural life; • define "urban" and "rural"; • list advantages and challenges of life in urban and rural communities
Warm-up Questions: • Where do you come from? • Give an account of the place you are from (list characteristics of your community ) • Would you like to go back to the place you are from after graduating from the university? Why or why not?
Identify differences between urban and rural life: e.g. • Cities have very high-density populations, and the culture there has changed over time to accommodate the large population. • Rural areas are more sparsely populated, and the culture there reflects a more traditional way of living.
Questions: • Where do people in urban and rural communities get their food? • Do you think urban or rural people have more choices in markets, entertainment, and housing? Why? • Do you think urban or rural people have to work harder to get their food? Why? • What types of housing are available for urban and rural people? How expensive do you think each type of housing is? • What are some advantages and disadvantages of having many or few neighbors?
Questions: • What types of recreation or forms of entertainment are available to urban and rural people? • What types of jobs are available to urban and rural people? Where do you think they are likely to be paid more? Why? • What types of services are available to urban and rural people? • Do you think an urban or rural setting is more beautiful? Why? • Do you think an urban or rural setting is healthier? Why?
Writing Task: Where I Choose to Live Students should support their choice with information in from the worksheet and the class discussion.
Extending the task: A Report Some students can investigate the national inequities that are found in urban and rural areas in our nation. The "floating" population of China and the drain of youth from the country to city in our country are issues of particular national concern. Please describe the problem, list consequences to individuals and the nation, and offer possible solutions in a short report.