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Students compare and contrast bull and bear markets. In this stock market lesson, students visit the noted Web sites to study supply and demand, the stock exchange, and financial scandals.
Students research the work of North American NGOs and select one to support with a financial contribution as a class. In this philanthropic research lesson, 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.
In this English worksheet, students read "World's Tallest Building Opens," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
In this English activity, students read "Chrysler Cars Announces Huge Job Losses," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
Young scholars examine the political situation in Haiti. They share their opinions on the role the United States should play in foreign governments. They identify the causes of the turmoil in the country as well.
Students read various arguments posed by John Dewey when it comes to population growth. In groups, they use magazine articles and the internet to find issues related to populations and complete experiments to identify the challenges associated with overpopulations. To end the lesson, they participate in a debate which they discuss the importance or non-importance of controlling the population.
In this current events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about recent world crises and respond to 3 talking point questions.
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.
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.
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.
Students define hidden homelessness and recognize the problems associated with it. For 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.
Differentiating between a $700 billion "blank check" and the acquisition of assets, this video explores the idea that the CDOs purchased by the government could be worth nothing. Sal takes students through the mathematical and economic process of testing this theory, all the way through residential mortgage defaults and foreclosures.
Using several balance sheets, Sal illustrates the connectivity of banks and how one bank failure can affect many. Again, he uses the example of Lehman Brothers as the "catalyst for this chain of events" to explain how one bankrupt bank can result in a series of frozen assets.
New! The Great Depression
From Black Tuesday to Hoovervilles and the Dust Bowl, here is a resource that will offer your learners a comprehensive overview of the Great Depression. It includes a detailed PowerPoint presentation and guided notes template, activities for analyzing images from the Great Depression, and an array of additional handouts and materials.
Your class members will begin this great lesson on the interests of international free trade and exchange by participating in an exciting hands-on simulation. They will then proceed to read a comic book on the topic and complete guided reading questions, and conclude by reviewing an interview on globalization with an op-ed writer from the New York Times.
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.
What is it that makes people keep going when they face challenges in life? Ask your class to consider this question in relation to their own experiences and as they read material from The New York Times. Using personal experiences and evidence from the provided articles, pupils come up with their own theories on how people make it through obstacles and compose narrative essays on this topic.
While this instructional activity includes several nice worksheets to identify and discuss the various limits on government (i.e. a constitution, the rule of law, separation of powers, consent of the governed, etc.), its main value lies in a case study of Alberto Fujimori's rise to power in Peru and rule as an autocrat. Learners use this real-world example to reflect on their new understandings of government limitations.
Your class members have been selected by the president to help solve the budget crisis as part of a special deficit commission. After learning about fiscal policy, economic theories, and the federal budget through a detailed PowerPoint presentation, class members will simulate a press conference in which they will recommend cutting or reducing programs and/or increasing taxes.
What exactly is the fiscal cliff? What are the effects of changing income tax rates and payroll tax rates? Your learners will begin by reading news articles and examining graphs illustrating the "Bush tax cuts" of 2001 and 2003. They will then research federal income tax rates and create a table of income levels, computing and comparing amounts of tax an individual at different levels would have to pay.