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The Unemployment Game

Students will learn about important labor market statistics that are frequently discussed in the media. An understanding of the unemployment rate and labor force participation rate will be developed through participation in an interactive simulation game.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 06/08/2009

Is Globalization a Dirty Word?

Is globalization a dirty word? The shocking decision by Great Britain to leave the European Union seems to cast doubt on the viability of globalization. In this lesson you will access several types of information about the World Bank report, including a video file, a PowerPoint slide show, and a press release. Your objective is to determine the benefits of globalization and also to consider the costs of globalization.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 04/12/2002

Broad Social Goals of an Economy

COMPELLING QUESTION Why do politicians disagree on economic issues -- isn't there one right answer? Students work in small groups and are assigned a version of diary excerpts written by a student intern working for a policymaking legislator. Half the groups read a diary that focuses on stability, security, and equity as broad social goals. The other half read a diary that focuses on freedom, efficiency, and growth. Students determine which broad social goals are emphasized in their reading.  During a debriefing, students will discuss broad social goals and identify how trade-offs arise when a society pursues competing social goals. Finally, students choose a current social issue and develop a public policy to deal with that issue, identifying the goals they are attempting to achieve and trade-offs that might arise in terms of other worthy goals.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 05/09/2016

Related Publications

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Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2006

9 out of 40 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

World History: Focus on Economics

With lessons combining economics and world history, students discover how people and nations developed as a result of making decisions based on maximizing local resources.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 1996

4 out of 12 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Focus: High School Economics

This revised edition features simulations, role plays, small-group discussions and other active-learning instructional activities to help students explore economic concepts through real-life applications.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2001

3 out of 21 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.