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Worker Safety - The Triangle Fire Legacy

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 was a turning point for employee health and safety protections in the U.S. Students investigate the Triangle tragedy and how its impact is still felt today. Students identify eerie parallels between the Triangle Fire and more recent workplace events with safety implications – recent complaints of Wal-Mart employee lock-ins, a deadly fire in a North Carolina poultry processing plant in 1991, and a 1993 fire in a Thailand toy factory given the sad distinction of most deadly industrial fire in the world. How can future tragedies be prevented in the workplace? Students assess the costs, benefits and effectiveness of various government and labor actions. They discover that worker safety is a complex issue and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 04/06/2004

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

Transportation: They Say We Had a Revolution (Part 2)

Advancements in transportation have played a key role in the growth of our nation. U.S.government policies have also had a considerable impact on the development of transport as we know it today. In this series of three lessons, the students examine the advancements in automobiles, roads, airlines and airports.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 06/03/2009

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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

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

Focus: International Economics

The study of international economic systems teaches about global production and competition, exchange rates, international finance, free trade vs. protectionism and economic development.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 1999

5 out of 20 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.

Focus: Globalization

This publication contains 12 lessons to help you integrate globalization concepts into your Social Studies, Economics, or Global Studies course.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 2006

5 out of 16 lessons from this publication relate to this EconEdLink lesson.