105Set ~ 1 ~ The Rich ~

1) Who are the rich class of people in your country and what qualities do they have? Explain.

2) How do you see or judge such rich people in your country or in your community? Are you rich?

3) How important are rich people to your economy? Do they pay enough tax? Explain.

4) Do most rich people in your country come from ¡°old money¡±? Are they revered? Why or why not?

5) Can you imagine other definitions of ¡°rich¡± and ¡°poor¡±? Why are the different? Give an example.


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding the weathy or the rich.

~ Topic Discussion ~ 105 ~ The Rich, The Poor, and The In-between ~

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~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~

1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about. 

2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .

3) Finally, share your ideas (as a whole) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).


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The Rich


Adapted from Wikipedia


You may be surprised that royalty and dictators, whose wealth comes from their positions, are excluded from the lists of billionaires. Civilians and business people (except for organized criminals) are listed, that is, according to their tax records. But that¡¯s another story. The fact is, we don¡¯t know who the richest people may be.


In general, the USA tends to have the most billionaires. China is the new rival. It is likely that India and China will produce more billionaires than other countries in the 21st century. Ironically, India and China will also produce the poorest and most destitute people on the planet in the 21st century.

105Set ~ 2 ~ The Poor ~

1) Who are the poor of the world and what qualities do they have? Explain.

2) Are there many poor people in your country? Who are they? Are they given assistance?

3) How does your government address poverty? Do you need to do more? Explain.

4) Do you think poor people are responsible for their condition? Explain. Give examples.

5) Do you think poverty can be eradicated? How? What is the role of education?


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding poverty.



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The Poor


Adapted from Wikipedia


Poverty is a general lack of material possessions or money. Poverty can be chronic or temporary, and most of the time it is closely related to social and political climates. When a country suffers, the population tends to become economically challenged. Thus poverty.


 Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter and health care. Relative poverty is defined  as economic inequality in the location or society in which people live.

105Set ~ 3 ~ The In-Between ~

1) Who are the middle class of the world and what qualities do they have? Explain.

2) Who are the middle class in your country? Are they given assistance? Do thy need it? What kind?

3) How much tax does your middle class pay? Are they angry about government policies? Explain.

4) Can families in the middle class have a good life in your society? Why or why not? Explain.

5) What is the income necessary to raise a small family comfortably in your country? Explain.


Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions the middle/working class (the ¡°in-between¡±).



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The In-Between


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Within capitalism, "middle class" was initially referred to as the bourgeoisieHowever, with the advent of poor urban living conditions (see industrial revolution), the rise of the proletariate class, and the growth of finance capitalism, The term "middle class" came to be referred to as a combination of the labour aristocracy, professionals, and white collar workers.

The size of the middle class depends on how it is defined. Factors such as education, wealth, environment of upbringing, social network, manners or values, or other descriptions are all related and are far from being considered independent from one another.

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