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It's an economic Catch-22! Expose your scholars to the hiring/unemployment paradox using this political cartoon analysis worksheet. The cartoon shows corporations explaining to a job seeker that they cannot hire him due to the unstable economy, which is due to unemployment, etc. Three talking (or writing) points guide analysis as learners consider how the situation is a Catch-22 and a conundrum, and how they suggest solving it. Additional resources are provided for extension options.
Making money in a company isn't a straightforward process as scholars discover in this clip on the basic income statement. Sal explains what this is and lays out a scenario showing the various subtractions a company makes from their revenue to get the money actually paid to owners. He incorporates variable and fixed costs to get the gross profit and then further subtracts for the operating profit, pre-tax profit, and net income. Learners view a simple balance sheet and explore the return on assets ratio as well as a return on equity percentage.
What elements make the short story a distinct genre? After generating a list of common elements and a working definition, class members identify the characters, setting, plot, rising action, crisis, climax, and conclusion in “The Three Little Pigs.” The first in a six-lesson short story unit, links are provided to the unit overview and other lessons.
Learners use the book, Four Dollars and Fifty Cents, to discover ways that creditors can obtain payment from reluctant debtors
Students examine the global economy. In this economics lesson, students participate in reading and research activities about gross domestic product, consumer prices, inflation, consumer price index, industrial production, and unemployment rates in the global marketplace. Students examine the global economic crisis of 2008 as they conduct further research on the economies of selected nations.
Students analyze behaviors and circumstances that can lead to financial trouble and identify some of the options and actions available to a person in financial trouble.
Students evaluate a short article on the economic situation in Greece.  For this ESL lesson, students read an article as a class, then complete several activities that reinforce their reading, including a vocabulary assignment, a class debate, a quiz and a brainstorming activity.
Going into more detail about the potential weaknesses of fractional reserve banking, this video introduces some of the ways that the economy has been engineered to fix these issues, such as the "lender of last resort" and insurance from the FDIC. Sal explores the value and effects of each solution in the context of a modern economy - including what happens in a banking crisis.
Chronicling the "first wave" of the financial crisis with a short review, Sal goes on to explain how bad choices and unfortunate moves by several banks can lead to total disruption of a financial system. Sprinkling real-world examples throughout his lesson, Sal leaves the viewer to wonder what will happen to his bank when a loan comes through a bank that has negative equity.
Students gain a deeper knowledge of the current crisis in Israel by reading primary documents from various sources, formulating problem and solution lists for both sides of the conflict, and proposing what they feel to be the strongest solution.
Students examine the economic crisis of 2008. In this banking bailout lesson, students read the provided articles "Nicole Bradbury: Robo-Signer Victim," and  "Bankers' Sloppy and Illegal Work." Students respond to the provided discussion questions.
In this Argentina beef learning exercise, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about Argentina beef. Students complete 10 activities total.
Students investigate the purpose of a central bank.  For this economics/consumer mathematics lesson, students explore the actions of the Federal Reserve after the events of September 11, 2001.  Students investigate the role of the central bank in responding to a crisis in order to stabilize the economy. 
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about the French Revolution. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
How does consumerism affect global poverty? Upper graders find out about cost benefit, wants and needs, and making good consumer choices as they explore this global topic. They role-play an impulse spending experience and work through the process of making a wise choice about buying an expensive item. This includes cross-curricular extension activities.
Students engage in a role-play activity to simulate the aftermath of nuclear war. students grapple with different kinds of survival decisions. They decide what is of upmost importance for survival in an emergency or crisis situation.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer and essay questions about the Great Depression. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
1848 was a hot year for Europe, which endured political tumult and upheaval after years of tension buildup. This presentation details the circumstances surrounding revolutions in France, Austria-Hungary, Romania, Italy, Prussia, and Germany. The final slides detail the aftermath that led directly into the events of the upcoming 20th century.
Frequent reading practice leads to increased fluency and reading comprehension. Help develop reading skills in your high schoolers with this reading passage and the questions that follow. The answer sheet is incredibly detailed; it highlights where one would find the answer in the text. 
Middle schoolers discuss money and interest.  In this discussing money and interest lesson plan, students discuss positives of an economic recession.  Middle schoolers discuss how savings rates have increased over time and the general attitude towards savings has changed.  Students discuss spending habits with classmates, friends, and family.  Middle schoolers research differents ways to save money.

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