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How can redistricting affect the outcome of state elections? How can it affect federal policy? A clip from the PBS special report, "Redistricting, Drawing the Lines," motivates class groups to investigate the origins of this political maneuver and current controversies. Handouts, extensions, activities, and rubrics are included in the richly detailed plan.
Students complete practice problems dealing with changes in required reserves, excess reserves (loanable funds), and the money supply. They role-play in scenarios in which they must decide upon the appropriate federal policy. They research the economic conditions for a specific region of the country and propose federal policies that would improve economic conditions.
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics lesson, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
Students explore international trade agreements. In this trade lesson, students investigate trade liberalization, examine trade agreements, and participate in a NAFTA negotiation simulation. Several articles and documents are linked to the lesson as well as the information to facilitate the simulation.
By examining free trade, protectionism, and analyzing 19th and 21st century arguments for and against the tariff, learners will be able to compare and contrast the 19th and 21st century. They will analyze text, answer discussion questions, and participate in a debate. The final assessment will be to summarize an article.
Students examine federal policies regarding Native Americans. For this Native American assimilation and removal policies lesson, students conduct research to compare the changes in federal policy regarding Native Americans between the Washington and Jackson presidencies.
Tenth graders identify and clarify a problem, an issue, or an inquiry. They identify the changing nature of families and women's roles in Canadian society. Pupils assess the interaction between Aboriginal people and Europeans. Students evaluate the impact of western expansion and federal policies on Aboriginal people.
Learners, through lecture and discussion, examine the mechanics of exchange in world markets and then at some of the issues nations face as a result of the international character of trade. They participate in an activity that demonstrates how currency markets generate exchange rates.
Learners study the social justice issues of the immigration debate. In this immigration lesson, students examine the role of undocumented Latino workers as they explore how trade policies and competition influence immigration and migration patterns. Learners read an essay by Richard Cohen and compose responses expressing their agreement or disagreement with his stance.