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Fiscal Ship Through the Lens of the Elections

Where does each party stand when it comes to fiscal management? In this lesson, students will analyze each major political…
Key Concepts: Budget Deficit, Budget Deficits and Public Debt, GDP…
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Income Inequality

Students will utilize the Structured Academic Controversy method to explore the issue of income inequality in America. Through reading and…
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Distribution of Income, Roles of Government
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Party Platforms and Economic Issues

According to Gallup, Americans have considered the state of the economy "among the most important U.S. problems" since 2008. The…
Key Concepts: Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Employment and Unemployment, Roles of Government…
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Campaign Finance

Compelling Question: In addressing the compelling question "Does money matter in political campaigns?" students work through a series of supporting…
Key Concepts: Public-Choice Analysis
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Free Trade

Compelling Question: In addressing the compelling question “Is free trade worth the price?” students will work through a series of…
Key Concepts: Trade, Exchange and Interdependence
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Minimum Wage / The Challenge of Living on it

COMPELLING QUESTION Should the federal government increase the federal minimum wage? Increasing the minimum wage is a controversial issue in…
Key Concepts: Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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Bunny Money

In this lesson, students listen to the story of Ruby and Max, two bunnies that go shopping and make many…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Consumers…
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Uncle Jed’s Barbershop

Students listen to the book Uncle Jed's Barbershop, about an African American barber who, despite significant setbacks, saves enough money…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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A Chair for My Mother

In the story, A Chair for My Mother, a little girl and her family save money in a jar to…
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Goods and Services
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Immigration

This lesson helps students better understand immigration, a major issue in the 2016 presidential election. Students learn how to evaluate…
Key Concepts: Division of Labor/Specialization
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Balancing the Federal Budget

ESSENTIAL DILEMMA When, if ever, should the nation prioritize balancing the federal budget?
Key Concepts: Balance of Trade and Balance of Payments, Budgeting, Credit…
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Taxation and the National Debt

ESSENTIAL DILEMMA Is there a fair and efficient way to fund and maintain the public services we want?
Key Concepts: Budget Deficit, Budget Deficits and Public Debt, Credit…
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The Economics of National Security

ESSENTIAL DILEMMA How do we know if we are getting good value out of the money we spend on defense?
Key Concepts: Budgeting, Credit, Decision Making/Cost-Benefit Analysis
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