Lesson 1 (from Boom-Boom, Bangkok)
Richard, Etienne and Francoise discuss how tourists being allowed into a place spoils it and ruins the natural beauty of a location.
The objective of this lesson is to take a closer look at the accusation that tourists ruin natural beauty, and why Thailand (in the novel) prevented tourism to some places.
1) Initiate a class discussion on what elements constitute natural beauty. Why would unspoiled territory and land be the subject of tourism? What does unspoiled wilderness represent to people?
2) Break the class into groups of two or three and discuss the kinds of things tourism brings to a country. How is tourism important to an economy? Explain your group brainstorming to the class.
3) In short essay form, discuss why Thailand might have wanted to keep tourists out of a certain area. What kinds of things come with tourism and why? What motivates people to...
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