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Intermediate English learners read short descriptions of how capitalist and communist systems function and answer the question: "What countries follow this economic system?" Frontload economics vocabulary; some relevant words are highlighted in the text. Change the spelling of "loose" (to "lose") in the first paragraph before copying this one-sheet for your class.
High schoolers examine the economic impact of the Great Depression. In this modern history lesson, students use various primary sources including speeches to determine what some of the economic options that were available to the US during the Great Depression. They then decide what might have worked best and explain their thinking.
A critical discussion regarding the nature of Shinique Smith's second-hand clothing art is the foundation for the instructional activity. Critical thinkers fully analyze the meaning behind her work, taking close consideration of where the clothing came from and where it will end up. They listen to an NPR piece about the global economic impact of trade and relate it to Smith's artistic vision and social message.