Common Core State Standards

HIGH SCHOOL LESSONS

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    Rhetoric

    ESSENTIAL DILEMMA Is it convincing facts or effective rhetoric that determines what the public thinks about the debt and the deficit?

    Grades: 9-12

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    The History of Social Security

    ESSENTIAL DILEMMA: Social Security Act of 1935: Did the creation of a federally administered old-age pension program support or threaten American values and traditions?

    Grades: 9-12

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    The History of Medicare

    ESSENTIAL DILEMMA Medicare 1966: President Lyndon Johnson’s “American way” or Ronald Reagan’s “advance wave of socialism”?

    Grades: 9-12

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    The Panic of 1893 and the Election of 1896

    ESSENTIAL DILEMMA Were the contradictory responses political leaders had to the panic of 1893 driven more by economic/political self-interest or by differing visions of what kind o...

    Grades: 9-12

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    How Will I Pay for College?

    In this lesson, students will learn about current trends in student borrowing and determine a reasonable debt load for hypothetical students. College costs have escalated over the past...

    Grades: 9-12

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    The Hidden Costs of College

    College costs have escalated over the past two decades, and many students are relying on student loans to cover the costs. So it is more important than ever to carefully consider the c...

    Grades: 9-12

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    President Jackson and the Veto of the Second ...

    ESSENTIAL DILEMMA Could the conflict over the Second National Bank have been resolved in a way that supported the values advocated by both President Jackson and Congress?

    Grades: 9-12

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    Productivity and Graphing Linear and Quadrati...

    In this lesson students interpret key features of graphs for both linear and quadratic functions in the context of total and marginal production. The lesson begins with a short video abou...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Saving

    Students take an interest inventory test that gives them a list of careers from which to choose. Once they select a career they are given the annual median wage for that career. Studen...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Rates of Change

    This lesson uses a classic video clip to introduce variable and fixed inputs. Students participate in an activity that demonstrates adding additional inputs to a fixed set of inputs th...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Distribution of Income

    Students engage in a simulation to explore how productivity influences the distribution of income and how government policy influences the redistribution of income. They calculate meas...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Deriving Marginalism

    This lesson creates a connection between derivatives and marginalism. Students will be engaging in a set of scaffolding activities that explore the Marginal Cost Function, Marginal Rev...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Spending Multipliers

    Students learn the definition of marginal propensity to consume and marginal propensity to save. After spending time practicing computing what these terms mean, students participate in...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Exchange Rates

    Students describe and identify where certain items they own come from and the approximate price of these items. They learn that to purchase an imported item they have to pay the people...

    Grades: 9-12

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    How Expensive are Payday Loans?

    Students will learn how a payday loan works by watching a video. They will learn that payday loans are an expensive form of borrowing and then calculate the total cost of a payday loan...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Using Slope to Compute Opportunity Cost

    Students learn the basic economic concept of opportunity cost and draw a production possibilities frontier to learn the constraints a society faces when deciding what to produce. After...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Discover How Two Way Tables Are Used To Deter...

    Students collect data from a hands-on activity involving Colors Goldfish® Baked Snack Crackers to learn how to create a two-way table, find the marginal distribution, and find the ...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Earning Credit

    Students participate in a series of activities that provide them with a simulated credit score and an auto loan interest rate based on their credit score. Then they learn to use compound ...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Buy and Hold: A Stock Market Simulation

    Students will participate in a brief activity as well as direct instruction that explains the purpose of stocks and bonds from both a corporate and investor perspective. Then they will...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Profit Maximization

    In this lesson students solve an optimization problem based on the real-world example of profit maximization. Students analyze a revenue and profit report for Apple, Inc. to explore pr...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Inflation and Unemployment - Is There a Corre...

    Students view a video on inflation and are introduced to the concept of unemployment. They then utilize Excel to create scatterplots, regression line equations, and correlation coefficie...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Opportunity Cost

    Consumers are faced with tough choices because so many innovative and exciting products and services are available. Therefore, engraining a decision-making process that includes consideri...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Understanding a Balance Sheet

    A balance sheet shows the assets, liabilities, and net worth for a business on a given day. This business document is one of the major documents used in evaluating a business. Students ...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Understanding and Analyzing an Income Statement

    The income statement is one of the most important financial statements used in making business decisions. The income statement is an analytical tool that can be used in business and perso...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Chevy Volt... It's Electric!

    The costs and benefits of owning an electric or hybrid car will be evaluated in this lesson. By reading and researching the history of the production of electric cars, the lesson allows s...

    Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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    Calculating Simple Interest

    How do banks calculate the amount of interest paid on a loan? In this lesson, students will view a Livescribe Pencast to learn how to find the dollar amount in interest that is due at ma...

    Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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    Preparing a 1040EZ Income Tax Form

    Many students in high school or in college have part time jobs and learn the concept of gross pay and net pay. Their employers take out taxes at the federal and state level. This lesson...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Baseball Economics 201

    As many baseball fans can tell you, the New York Yankees usually have a great season record, make the playoffs and make a run towards to the World Championship each year. The Yankees' su...

    Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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    Graphing a Lorenz Curve and Calculating the G...

    In this lesson, students receive raw data to construct a Lorenz Curve and calculate the Gini Coefficient. This lesson prepares AP Microeconomics students for the Advanced Placement exam. ...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Production Possibilities Curve

    Students will apply the concepts of scarcity, choice, and opportunity costs using a production possibilities curve. Students will interpret points inside and outside the curve. As an ex...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Balance of Payments (BOP)

    International trade allows countries to buy and sell both domestic and foreign goods, as well as services and financial assets. A country's transactions are summarized in a set of accoun...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Traditional Economies and the Inuit

    The Inuit people of northern Canada provide an example of a traditional economy. For thousands of years, Inuit parents have taught their children the survival skills needed to survive in...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Should LeBron James Mow His Own Lawn?

    This lesson will discuss absolute advantage, comparative advantage, specialization and trade with an example using professional basketball player LeBron James.

    Grades: 9-12

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    What causes inflation?

    This lesson explores different types of inflation and terms associated with this economic concept. You may have heard relatives talk about the good old days when a dollar would buy somet...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Capital Investments: Human v. Physical

    In this lesson you will define human capital and understand why it is necessary for economic growth. Also, you will explore how people can increase their personal level of human capital.

    Grades: 9-12

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  • Keynes Hayek Chicago Economics

    Keynes vs. Hayek: The Rise of the Chicago Sch...

    Economic freedom is freedom from government intervention in the production and distribution of goods and services. After World War II, governments were trying to rebuild their economies ...

    Grades: 9-12

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    Comparative Economic Systems

    Students research the economic systems of a communist country and a third-world country and compare them to the US, guided by questions and using information from the CIA World Factboo...

    Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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    National Budget Simulation

    Students serve as an Economic Advisor to the President, who must increase military spending out of political necessity, but needs to reduce spending in other programs to limit the def...

    Grades: 9-12

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    NYSE Made Easy

    This lesson will help students to understand the terms that are associated with the New York Stock Exchange. It will also help students to read a stock market report found in any major...

    Grades: 9-12

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