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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.
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.
Post-Nuclear War Survival
Learners use critical thinking and discussion to solve a problempresented in a hypothetical dilemma.
Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution
Young scholars 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.
Bailout 10: Moral Hazard
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.
Bailout 4: Mark-to-model vs. mark-to-market
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.
Bailout 2: Book Value
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.
Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Issues
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.
A Piece of The Energy Pie: Lesson 10
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.
KOREAN TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS
Students identify and evaluate Korea's role in inventions in Asia. In this Korean Invention lesson, students complete a chart of innovations and discuss where they are from. Students read about Korean inventions and complete a chart. Students discuss their findings and create a timeline of Korean inventions.
Endangered Species 2: Working to Save Endangered Species
Students explore the Endangered Species Act and the work of scientists who strive to protect species.
Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Development
Learners discuss global development and create a graphic representation of the discussion. In this media analysis lesson, students deconstruct disaster coverage by reading articles and identifying missing information. Learners research missing information to present news coverage on recovery. In groups, students create a multimedia disaster contingency plan to present.
South Korean Women at the Turn of the Century, with a Focus on the Modernity
Students consider the role of women in South Korea. For this global studies lesson, students examine articles and interviews regarding women and educational achievement. Students discuss women's issues in South Korea and compare them to women's issues in the United States.
Students research homelessness. In this current events lesson, students view a presentation about homelessness and discuss the different types of homelessness that can be found in communities. Students discuss the impact of homelessness and causes of homelessness.
Students research a problem of society that is not easily recognized. There is a hidden population of homeless persons who live in hotels, shelters, etc... Students research a case study and reflect upon the problem in order to propose solutions.
To Get the Right Answers about College: Ask the Right Questions
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.
Global Wrap 11/18/08
Students examine the global economy. In this economics lesson plan, 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.
The Federal Reserve System: Unit
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.
Homelessness – A Bottom Line Issue
Students read a fact sheet about homelessness in the U.S. and Texas. In this homelessness awareness lesson plan, 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.
Business Strategy with Asia: Outsourcing or Not?
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