The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman


Globalization,off-shoring, outsourcing, information technology, and international trade are all terms that have been recently tossed around today by the political pundits and economic theorists. Some say we should be wary of such developments, while others say we should welcome them and encourage them. Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat,chronicles the development of these trends, argues in favor of it,and how we should prepare for it. Together we will explore his thesis through the second semester.


   We will divide our exploration of Friedman’s thesis into four parts, corresponding to the four parts of the book. You are expected to read the assigned chapters by the due dates listed below and be prepared to discuss them in class.There will be two tasks assigned for each part.

Task 1 –Reading Responses

On my teacher webpage you will answer questions from each of the assigned readings. These are to be submitted by the due date for each of the corresponding readings. Each response should be at least two paragraphs long.

The assigned questions are found under the Response Papers tab on the left side of My Homepage. Click on the appropriate part to answer the questions.

Task 2 –Socratic Seminar

On the due date we will hold a Socratic Seminar to discuss the readings and your responses.


            Part One: How the World Became Flat

                 Chapters 1 – 8 - Click HERE TO RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONS.

Part Two: Developing Countries and the Flat World

                            Chapters 9 – 13 Click HERE TO RESPOND TO THE QUESTIONS.