Financial Crises Teacher Resources
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Lending a Helping Hand
Students research the work of North American NGOs and select one to support with a financial contribution as a class. In this philanthropic research activity, students consider the work of Benjamin Franklin, defining good citizenship and listing examples of his work. Students also define and identify non-governmental organizations (NGO) and analyze why they are needed, as well as, how society benefits from their work.
Students define hidden homelessness and recognize the problems associated with it. In this hidden homelessness lesson, students view a case study and answer questions on a worksheet about hidden homelessness. Students calculate the costs of hidden homelessness.
The African-American Family in Crisis
Students create a definition for family that is applicable to the African American. The make a collage made up of family pictures and present it to the class giving a brief explanation of the family members present in the collage. They interview a relative or family friend who has migrated from a Southern rural town.
Focus on Economic Data: The Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy, April 25, 2012
Examine the Federal Reserve System and how monetary policy effects various aspects of the US economics system. Here you'll find all the necessary data and background information to lead a lecture on the Federal Reserve. You'll also find web links and two activity ideas intended to help upper graders understand how financial policies are made.
A STUDENT SIMULATION: THE SIX PARTY TALKS
Students participate in a simulation of diplomatic talks regarding N. Korea's nuclear capability. In this foreign policy lesson, students research their assigned country's position on the topic and scenario solutions. Students engage in problem solving with their group and meet with other delegates to find a resolution for their country.
The Bubble Economy and the Lost Decade
Explore Japanese society and national identity. Class members share ideas about the Japanese economy and then investigate a series of resources, including an article, a film, a lecture, and a poem, to learn about Japan's Bubble Economy and the Lost Decade. Wrap up the lesson with a discussion about social, economic, and international consquences.
Exploring the Meaning of Home and Homelessness
Students list things that define a home and identify reasons for homelessness. In this home and homelessness lesson plan, students discuss and read about why people become homeless.
Unit Two: Celebrities and World Issues
Develop media smarts by considering the power of celebrity involvement in world issues. A look at the work of such celebrities as Angelina Jolie, Oprah, and Bono prepare learners to develop their own media campaign for a global development issue. Powerful resources and links enrich this investigation from the Media Awareness Network.
New! The Korean War and Its Aftermath
Set the stage for your next lesson on the Korean War with handouts packed with information on the country's history and major events leading up to and following the war. The resource includes three worksheets that provide a historical overview of the country, a study/assignment sheet listing pertinent key terms from the Korean War and its aftermath, and finally a chart comparing the current demographics and economies of North and South Korea.
Understanding the Debt Ceiling Debate and the Budget Control Act of 2011
Learners listen to the EconTalk podcast with economist Keith Hennessey before diving into an economics lesson. They are shown how the Congressional Budget Office calculates their yearly spending. Then they read the Budget Control Act from 2011 and consider scenarios that the Joint Committee might discuss.
Understanding the Debt Ceiling Debate and the Budget Control Act of 2011
Upper graders listen to a podcast on the EconTalk website featuring economist Keith Hennessey. The podcast focuses on the Budget Control Act of 2011, the national debt, and government spending. They read specifics about the BCA, then give an opinion about what the government's next move should be. Related questions are included to check for comprehension or to use for a group discussion.
Get an introductory course on inflation and the Consumer Price Index as Sal breaks down American disposable income based on government analysis. He focuses on housing percentages, explaining inconsistencies in the rental equivalence approach versus the previously used asset price method. Sal uses the Case-Shiller Index to show learners how the housing market collapse of 2009 created an underestimated CPI for housing. Learners contemplate the effect this has had on Social Security payments with regard to inflation.
Crisis with Iraq
Students discuss policy approaches in the Iraq crisis, They review assigned policy options to consider the values that underlie it and its pros and cons, and then develop a short presentation to give to the class.
Government: FEMA in Crisis
Students read an article about the criticisms leveled at the Federal emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They role-play as reporters questioning FEMA leaders about respoonses to disasters. Students create timelines highlighting the changes in the agency following disasters.
An Introduction to Personal Finance
Students study personal finance and building wealth. In this economics lessons, students use Federal Reserve Bank publications to research answers and to make written recommendations for solutions to problems presented by several callers to a show viewed. Students also increase awareness of budgeting, saving, credit cards and insurance.
French Revolution (Part 1)
History comes alive in this engaging video, which artfully sets up the first steps of the French Revolution. Students will relate to the idea of nobility "living it up" while 98% of the French citizens went without wealth or rights. The drama of the French Revolution is truly reflected in the narrator's passion and annotations of paintings and maps. Students will beg you to teach them what happens next to Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and the dissatisfied French population...
Resource Sharing Between Chemistry Labs
Students assume the role of community college instructors researching the feasibility of resource (chemicals, supplies, equipment) sharing between community colleges. They explore safety issues pertaining to chemical transport, storage, and disposal.
Bailout 15: More on the solution
Sal continues his argument for "the Plutzy Plan" (named after his friend who initially poses the idea). He outlines both theoretical and practical implementation ideas to restore the financial system. His theories will invigorate your economics students to agree, disagree, or to test their knowledge by coming up with their own solutions.
Higher (Priced) Education
Students explore the proposed Affordability in Higher Education Act. They synthesize their knowledge by acting as lobbyists representing different special interest groups with opposing perspectives on the proposed bill.
FRB Commentary 3: Big Picture
Summarizing his thoughts on creating the last few videos on the weaknesses of the fractional reserve, Sal goes on to explain why he believes the nature of this system is "disingenuous," leading up to a discussion that contextualizes the concept within the world of hedge funds and venture capitalism. Sal finishes his point with a comment on government involvement in the banking system and in the 2008 banking crisis.