Sweatshops in China Manuel [Skeeter] May 25, 2017

ELL Stage IV: Grades 6-8

Listening and Speaking:

  • HI-10: preparing and delivering a persuasive report on academic content stating a clear position with support evidence using complete sentences.


  • HI-23: locating information in print and electronic reference sources for a specific purpose.


  • HI-4: writing essays and reports and electronic reference sources based on a synthesis of research, using topic sentences, main ideas, relevant facts, details, and concluding statements.

Language Arts: Writing – Seventh Grade

Strand 6: Production and Distribution of Writing

  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.

Strand 7: Research to Build and Present Knowledge

  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Social Studies – Seventh Grade

Concept 5: Personal Finance

PO 2: Describe how scarcity influences personal financial choices (e.g., buying on-margin, budgeting, saving, investing, credit).

Technology Standards for Students

Standard 6: Creative Communicator

  • Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. Technology Standards for Students:

"Did you know that according to the China Labour Bulletin, there are approximately 11,575,000 children at work between the ages of 10 to 14 in China?"

"Despite the rapid growth of the Chinese economy in the last decade, more than 482 million people in China – 36% of the population – live on less than $2 a day."

Chinese migrant rural workers try to escape poverty but are trapped in appalling work conditions.
“I work on the plastic molding machine from 6 in the morning to 6 at night,” said Xu Wenquan, a tiny, baby-faced 16-year-old whose hands were covered with blisters. Asked what had happened to his hands, he replied, the machines are “quite hot, so I’ve burned my hands."


The people who are forced to work in sweatshops must usually spend the majority of their paycheck on food in order for their household to survive.

"In total, 85% of China’s poor live in rural areas and extreme poverty forces many of them to leave the countryside in search of employment in urban areas. Often referred to as the factory of the world, China’s industry-oriented economy relies on these migrant workers who make up the majority of the workforce."

Sweatshop owners work their workers sometimes without giving them a day off. The Chinese sweatshops are dangerous because workers are in unsafe working conditions.

These sweatshops give us out toys, games, alarm clocks, paper packets and speakers. There are as many as 150 million workers in sweatshops across China

Products that commonly come from sweatshops are garments, cotton, bricks, cocoa, and coffee.


In conclusion, children in sweatshops receive low pay, get injured because of unsafe working conditions, and they don't receive an education. People need to be more aware of these issues in order to make a difference by changing their laws. Everybody should have a voice to speak up about sweatshops!

Sites- Videos:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVuScVCF1Ws
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzq31hpGZOI

Sites- Images:

  • http://www.livemint.com/rf/Image-621x414/LiveMint/Period1/2015/06/13/Photos/Childlabour.jpg
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  • http://www.crazywheelies.com/media/balloon%20sweatshop.jpg
  • http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/518bb0b4ecad04f65d00001a/how-nike-solved-its-sweatshop-problem.jpg
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  • http://pepbonet.com/img/2013/08/Child_Labour_Bonet0003.jpg


  • http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/05/business/worldbusiness/05sweatshop.html
  • http://www.waronwant.org/sweatshops-china
  • http://ilo.org/ipec/facts/lang--en/index.htm
  • http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/posts/child-labor-in-china
  • http://brandongaille.com/36-shocking-sweatshop-statistics/
  • https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-sweatshops

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