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Students examine the philosophies of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. In this political instructional activity students analyze the philosophies of two prominent African Americans in history. They look to see who's strategy for equal economic and political rights for African Americas was more appropriate.
Students investigate the cultivation and marketing of coffee. In this global studies lesson, students consider the connections of the 21st century world as they explore how coffee makes it from farms to their homes. Students consider the economic impact of the food chain as well as the workers in developing countries.
Ninth graders explore the concept of urbanization. In this urbanization lesson, 9th graders analyze a case study regarding the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain. Students research of the impact of the revolution on economic development, population growth, and environmental change in Great Britain.
Students discover how Gross Domestic Product measures economic activity by examining each word's meaning separately and then reassembling it into a cohesive definition. They also describe the equation for determining the GDP. Finally, they assess a list of items to decide under which component it should be included in the Gross Domestic Product.
Students examine trade-offs and profit maximization decisions in the case study of Kaiser Aluminum. The define related economic terms and explain the role that factors such as costs versus revenues play in making business decisions. Finally, they role-play as economists advising the company on business choices.
Teens explore economics by listening to a labor history lecture and an excerpt from Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy. A detailed outline is provided for the lecture, along with follow up and assessment questions. In groups, they discuss how a theoretical situation might be governed in 1890 and in 1990. This is a though-provoking lesson that could be used seasonally around Labor Day.
Twelfth graders become aware of the environmental, social and economic issues related to the production of blue jeans. They explore the relationship between individual clothing choices as well as global issues. In addition, they summarize the conditions under which textile items are manufactured.
Eighth graders explore what life was like for Fort Wayne's "industrial girls." For this industrialization lesson, 8th graders discuss the conditions that the Indiana factory girls worked in as well as their backgrounds. Students also investigate health risks, gender bias, and the long hours the girls worked. Students research the activism of the factory girls and share their findings with their classmates.