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Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, Final Estimate Q4 2012, March 28, 2013

This lesson focuses on the March 28, 2013, third (final) estimate of U.S. real gross domestic product (real GDP) growth for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2012, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The current data and historical data are explained. The meaning of GDP and potential impacts of changes of GDP are explored. This lesson will also raise questions about the impact of the current level of growth on the U.S. economy and individuals.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 05/10/2013

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, November 30, 2014

In this lesson, students explore the revised estimate of real GDP data for the third quarter of 2014. These data, released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, are presented first as estimates, then as revisions as more data for the time period is collected. This lesson uses data from the revised estimate of the 3Q 2014 activity. Students will understand the recent trends in real GDP, as well as gain insight into the purpose and role of seasonal adjustments in GDP reporting. They will also analyze broader patterns of GDP growth to make more accurate judgments about the true state of the economy's health.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 12/19/2014

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, Revised Estimate 2Q 2014

In this lesson, students explore the revised real GDP data for the second quarter of 2014. These data, released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, are presented first as estimates, then as revisions as more data for the time period is collected. This lesson uses data from the final estimate of the 2Q 2014 activity. Students will understand the recent trends in real GDP, the causes for these trends, and investigate the components of real GDP. They will also use this understanding to analyze the impact of other variables on real GDP. To begin the academic year, this is a basic lesson, which will be built upon as the year progresses.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 11/14/2014

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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

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

Teaching Financial Crises

Teaching Financial Crises is an eight lesson resource that provides an organizing framework in which to contextualize all of the media attention that has been paid to the recent financial crisis, as well as put it in a historical context. The current events stories, opinion pieces, and other popular media pieces that are today in great supply have generally not connected to educational objectives, historical analysis, and economic processes and concepts that are used in the high school classroom. In Teaching Financial Crises, teachers will find a non-partisan and non-ideological resource to help them simplify and offer balanced perspectives on this challenging subject matter.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2010

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

Capstone: Exemplary Lessons for High School Economics - Teacher's Guide

This publication contains complete instructions for teaching the lessons in Capstone. When combined with a textbook, Capstone provides activities for a complete high school economics course. 45 exemplary lessons help students learn to apply economic reasoning to a wide range of real-world subjects.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2003

4 out of 45 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.