Who Makes It?

Who Makes It?

Supporters of globalization promise that global trade will expand the wealth of countries by lowering the price of goods, increasing worker wages, and increasing economic growth. In this activity, you will investigate where the products you use come from and evaluate the impact of global trade on these countries.
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A Different Kind of BattleField

A Different Kind of BattleField

From World War I

In the early years of WWI, army recruiters mined soccer games and rugby matches for recruits. According to historian Adam Hochschild, soccer games “proved the single best venue for recruiters.” Arriving spectators would see recruiters wearing sandwich boards bearing the message, “Your Country Needs You.” The game would start with a patriotic speech. Players often stepped forward to enlist, and fans quickly followed their lead.

My World

My World

From Global Citizenship

Through the “My World” Survey, people can identify which of the 17 SDGs matter most to them. At www.myworld2030.org, you can take the survey and select six SDG priority areas. You can also view results by country to see what people care about across the globe.

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.



Skipping Stones 2019 Honors Award
“Globalization is a word that changes everything for curious young minds. Globalization: Why We Care about Faraway Events breaks down the complicated meaning of this word. Simple comics and one-liners explain the way technology drives this phenomenon and how this all affects global economies, society, and governments. This book is perfect for a classroom or an individual student. It provides both realistic and cartoon examples of complex issues like trade and the economy. Relatable characters struggle with classroom problems like whether to trade Asian pears for African cookies, and how the world places monetary value on these items for trading purposes. Does this sound complicated? It should because it is. If you want to know more, join our characters as they learn about globalization right at home. . .”

School Library Connection
"Colorful cartoons, photos, and an eye-catching layout make this book an appealing resource for readers. The book also contains numerous activities to engage students in learning as they read. Each chapter features a variety of additional features including “Vocab Lab,” “Key Questions,” “True News” highlights, QR codes linked to primary sources, and suggested ideas for further investigations. A glossary and list of websites for each chapter are listed in the back. The QR codes are reliable, although some link to articles with a target audience higher than the book itself. The book has taken a complex subject and introduced it in a way that younger readers can understand. Recommended"

School Library Journal
"The relationships among citizens, countries, and cultures around the world take center stage in this accessible exploration of global events that presents multiple perspectives. Topics include trade and finance, politics, cultural divides, and legal systems and laws. . . Full-color photographs, as well as cartoon strips illustrated by Carbaugh, accompany the text and do a fine job in bringing difficult concepts to a level of understanding for a wide range of readers. The title also works as a teacher resource for classrooms. VERDICT A comprehensive social studies selection for middle and high school collections."

Detailed Book Description

Have you noticed that our planet is becoming increasingly connected?

In Globalization: Why We Care About Faraway Events, kids ages 12 to 15 focus on the definition of globalization and discover how technology drives globalization, which affects economies, political systems, human rights, and cultures around the world. The book also explores the future of globalization and discusses issues the global community might face in coming years.

  • Readers hear news stories about globalization on a daily basis.
  • Investigating previous events in the world's history can help students understand the causes and effects of current events.
  • Uses links to online primary sources to imbue readers with a curiosity about the topic and engage in further, independent inquiry.
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History



The World Cup on a Global Stage

Chapter 1
What Is Globalization?

Chapter 2
Money in a Global World

Chapter 3
The Global Rules of Trade

Chapter 4
Global Politics

Chapter 5
In the Name of the Law

Chapter 6
Crossing the Cultural Divide

Chapter 7
The Future of Globalization