Is Population Control Ethical?

China's one-child (now two-child) policy has long been a controversial topic around the world. But could it be the solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem? High schoolers read Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix before researching global population trends and debating what they believe to be the most effective way to control overpopulation.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide additional articles about population trends before the lesson begins; encourage class members to discuss what they learned from their reading before beginning the research process
  • Follow the extension idea for a full debate after pupils have written their papers and formulated their arguments
Classroom Considerations
  • Subject may be sensitive to some learners; be sure that your class can argue their points in a civil and respectful manner
  • Jigsaw activity requires student devices to have access to the Internet
  • Includes several similar and connected resources
  • Designed for Common Core literacy standards in both social studies and language arts
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