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lesson 10
1 hour

Productivity and Innovation


In this lesson, students continue to read and analyze pages 439–446 of Guns, Germs, and Steel. In this excerpt, Diamond extends several of the principles he has observed over the course of the book to present-day questions of business productivity and innovation. Students consider how Diamond further develops ideas previously explored in the text and apply their analysis independently in a written response at the beginning of the lesson. This response informs students’ participation in a whole-class discussion that follows.


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