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Lesson Plan February 20, 2017

Evaluating the Impacts of Leather Tanneries in Bangladesh

  1. How does the author open the story? What challenge are the subjects facing and why?

  2. What does the author mean when she calls work in Bangladesh “a 19th-century operation?”   

  3. Why does the government in Bangladesh want to close the tanneries in Hazaribagh? (name at least two reasons)

  4. The article states that the government has been trying regulate and redevelop tanneries for 14 years. What is delaying the process of closing the tanneries in Hazaribagh? (name at least two reasons)

  5. How is chromium used in tanning? How does it impact a person’s health?

  6. What is Human Rights Watch? What are its criticisms of tanneries?

  7. Use the images and captions to write a 2-3 sentence description of the tanning process.

  8. According to the article, where else have there been tanning factories? How do the conditions at those factories compare with the conditions at Hazaribagh?

  9. What challenges have the government and international environmental groups in India faced after closing a tannery in the Tamil Nadu region?

  10. What is the Leather Group, and what is its function?

  11. How does the author investigate connections between U.S.. retailers and the tanneries in Bangladesh? What does she find?

  12. How does the author close the article? Why do you think she chose this way to close?

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