Author:   Sarah Bremer   Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland, California

Essential/Central Question:  How can China’s pollution problems be addressed at the local, national, and global level?

Lesson Summary:  Students will conduct research to learn about the major causes and ramifications of China’s air, soil, and water pollution.  They will examine impacted parties and potential solutions by reading a variety of Chinese and international sources.  Finally, they will synthesize and share their findings in the form of infographics and a Socratic seminar.

Grade Levels and Courses:

  • Modern World History – 9-10th grades;
  • U.S. History – 11th grade;
  • Government and Economics – 12th grade;
  • Human Geography;
  • Asian Studies;
  • International Relations.

Duration:  3-5 days (depending upon class period length and amount of time given in class to complete the research).



Lesson Plan (PDF):  Using Infographics to Understand China’s Pollution Challenges

Supporting Document (PDF): Student Instructions


Source:   2015 Lesson Plan Contest