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Analyze the issues that affect the state of the economy. Have your class explore media reports about recent economic recessions, the housing bubble, and loan defaults in order to chart information about recessions and participate in an activity based on the labor market. This activity is a good way to practice evaluating claims in a text. All links and handouts are included. Use this resource to emphasize textual evidence to support an argument.
Use this economic activity to focus on writing summaries of informational text. First, middle schoolers define common economic terms used to describe news about the economy. They closely read news about the federal budget deficit and present their findings in order to better explain the fundamental questions underlying current economic policy.
Is economic growth necessary to remain a relevant world power? These slides discuss the definition and implications of growth economics, complete with global comparisons and ways to account for growth. Graphs and charts are easy to read and understand, even for the beginning economist.
Two birds with one stone. This reource instructs young learners how to create an MS Excel spreadsheet using economics vocabulary terms. They follow directions on how to open up the document, write labels in different cells, and cut and paste items. The step-by-step directions are clear and concise. When they finish the steps, learners print their work.
After viewing clips from a documentary on factory work in China and US outsourcing, learners have a fishbowl discussion. They work in groups to build both personal points of view and strong arguments on the effects of outsourcing in China. This lesson includes excellent resources and wonderful discussion questions intended to engage learners in building an economic and global perspective of US business overseas.
Based on a New York Times article, "The College Drop-Out Boom," participants in a fishbowl discussion formulate and express opinions about the correlation between level of education, career options, and economic mobility. Ample procedural details and discussion questions are provided in this resource from the Learning Network. The link to a follow-up article recommended for homework isn't functional; use our link or search the article title on the Times site to find it.
Before going into full-blown lessons on economics, you can preview concepts and vocabulary that will increase overall understanding. Each well composed slide provides concrete economic terms alongside examples and definitions. The causes and effects of major business cycles and fluctuations are totally covered.