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Students study personal finance and building wealth. For 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students engage in a lesson that gives them the tools needed to become knowledgeable credit consumers. The companion website for the ITV program TV-411 is used to provide learners with an interactive experience of what credit has to offer.
Students use critical thinking and discussion to solve a problempresented in a hypothetical dilemma.
Students use the Internet to read a brief description of Magna Carta (link provided). They "walk through" the document with the teacher, identifying four major themes. Students read and discuss "The Rhetoric of Rights: Americans are 'Englishmen' and Englishmen Have Constitutional Rights." They complete a chart comparing/contrasting the Magna Carta, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
After describing the circumstances surrounding the current financial crisis and bank bailout, Sal is effusive about the alternate plans to revive the economy - namely, which ones he thinks are "horrible" and which ones he actually believes will work. This video takes your students through a thought process that will undoubtedly get their minds working and their opinions flowing.
The saga of Sal's fictional bank - as it relates to the very real-world banking world today - continues in this video, which covers ways to account for an asset (mark-to-model vs. mark-to market). Sal does not hide his opinion here, which can lead to a good class discussion on the implications of the financial crisis.
Your class has been exposed to the effects and ramifications of the recent financial crisis. In this video, Sal helps to clarify the terms and procedures of what has been happening. He uses a fictional balance sheet to illustrate the possible assets and liabilities of an entity, as well as defining book value.
Take a close look at news reporting techniques and global issues. Begin by creating a graphic representation of developing nations and defining the term. After class discussion, the second day's activities pick up by deconstructing news and researching articles online. The third day focuses on what is often missing in news reporting. An extension activity looks at the progress being made on news format by different organizations. Develop critical readers with this small unit.
Cost-benefit, green initiatives, global economics, and renewable energy are the topics of this thought-provoking lesson plan. Learners watch the video, NASCAR Goes Green, engage in a circular written discussion, then talk about the green initiative as a targeted market to increase product loyalty and overall profit margarine. Multiple resources, discussion questions, and activities are all included.
Students survey college students.  In this lesson, students explore typical costs.  They examine education loans.  Students complete a FASFA form and write an essay describing plans for obtaining money for college expenses.
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.
Have your class investigate the functions of the Federal Reserve Banks in this 29 page unit. They participate in a banking activity that explores the fractional reserve banking system. They identify the three basic functions of the Federal Reserve System and reflect on the validity of a dozen statements about the Federal Reserve.
Learners read a fact sheet about homelessness in the U.S. and Texas. In this homelessness awareness lesson, students design a budget based on minimum wage earnings and evaluate how basic needs can be met. Learners discuss and write about the challenges faced by low-income earners and optionally participate in community service to assist the homeless.
Students examine the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing personnel resources to Asia. They investigate through internet research as well as community business leaders why businesses outsource to other countries. In the end, pretending that they own a business, they attempt to resolve the question of outsourcing
Students investigate the purpose of a central bank.  In 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. 

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