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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.
High schoolers 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.
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.
High schoolers consider the role of women in South Korea. In this global studies lesson, students examine articles and interviews regarding women and educational achievement. High schoolers discuss women's issues in South Korea and compare them to women's issues in the United States.
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.
Students 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. Students discuss and write about the challenges faced by low-income earners and optionally participate in community service to assist the homeless.
FLASH has put together a pretty comprehensive lesson on fertility and infertility. There is a lot of information on the male and female reproductive systems, fertility, reducing the odds for infertility, the menstrual cycle, and information on sexually transmitted infections. There are activities included, but a teacher could easily invent new activities to do with this vast array of information.
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.
Learners 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