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ECONOMICS

This class is designed to lend some insight into how our economy functions, and what role we as citizens play. An understanding of economics is vital to being an effective citizen, and I hope that this class will help you make better and more informed decisions as you enter the adult world. This class will also touch on basic life skills required to function in the “real world” in order to prepare you in the most effective manner.

An educated opinion is a powerful tool that will earn you respect!

 Please remember that you are in control of your success in this class.

 Take responsibility for your work and be accountable for your actions.

DATECLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
Monday
January 30
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
10  KEY ELEMENTS OF ECONOMICS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ
INTRODUCTION TO Freakonomics: The Movie
Tuesday
January 31
**TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: FREAKONOMICS: THE MOVIE 

"NOTES": Japan Gets First Sumo Champion in 19 Years

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FREAKONOMICS In-Class Writing ON WEDNESDAY
Wednesday February 1TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS ACTIVITY: FREAKONOMICS IN-CLASS WRITING

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Finish FREAKONOMICS IN-CLASS WRITING, if necessary
Thursday February 2 NO CLASS
Friday February 3TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: FINISH
10  KEY ELEMENTS OF ECONOMICS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ CHAPTER 1 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 1 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Monday
February 6
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET

CLASS ACTIVITY: SIGN UP FOR CLASS INVESTMENT COMPETITION at Virtual-Stock-Exchange

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ CHAPTER 1 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 1 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday February 7**TOPIC: PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
CAPITALISM - A Love Story

NOTES: Synopsis for CAPITALISM - A Love Story

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ CHAPTER 1 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 1 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Wednesday February 8TOPIC: PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish CAPITALISM - A Love Story 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
CAPITALISM - A Love Story Study Questions - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday February 9NO CLASS
Friday February 10TOPIC: BUSINESS START-UP 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: 
Rags to Riches - Can you open a new business successfully? 
Monday
February 13
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
2.
NAME THAT ECONOMIC SYSTEM
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO 
Tuesday February 14**TOPIC: INEQUALITY - THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IN AMERICA

CLASS PRESENTATION: Inequality for All


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ
website page about the documentary film Inequality for All
2. READ Robert Reich Blog Post - Why the Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were Forgotten
Wednesday February 15TOPIC: INEQUALITY - THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IN AMERICA

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
STUDY GUIDE for Inequality for All - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY

NOTES: GRAPHICS PACKAGE from Inequality for All
Thursday February 16NO CLASS
Friday
February 17
TOPIC: INEQUALITY - THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IN AMERICA

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality
2. The American Dream
3. Wealth and Poverty in the United States

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ CHAPTER 2 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 2 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
Monday
February 20
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 21**TOPIC: The Behemoth WAL-MART, Part II

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
The Wal-Mart Business Model 
2. Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices


NOTES:
Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices FACT SHEET

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices STUDY GUIDE - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Wednesday February 22TOPIC: The Behemoth WAL-MART, Part II 

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices

NOTES:
Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices FACT SHEET

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices STUDY GUIDE - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday February 23NO CLASS
Friday February 24TOPIC: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS PPT 

NOTES:
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 
  
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
Monday
February 27
TOPIC: "Mixed Bag"

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 1 and/or 2
1. 
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
2.
YOUR STOCK PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
February 28
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Wednesday March 1 TOPIC:
Thursday March 2NO CLASS
Friday
March 3
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Monday
March 6
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Tuesday
March 7
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Wednesday March 8 TOPIC:
Thursday March 9NO CLASS
Friday
March 10
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Monday
March 13
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Tuesday
March 14
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Wednesday March 15 TOPIC:
Thursday March 16NO CLASS
Friday
March 17
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Monday
March 20
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Tuesday
March 21
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Wednesday March 22 TOPIC:
Thursday March 23NO CLASS
Friday
March 24
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Monday
March 27
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Tuesday
March 28
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Wednesday March 29 TOPIC:
Thursday
March 30
NO CLASS
Friday
March 31
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Monday
April 3
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Tuesday
April 4
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Wednesday April 5 TOPIC:
Thursday  April 6NO CLASS
Friday 
April 7
TOPIC:
SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 18
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Thursday April 20NO CLASS
Friday    April 21   TOPIC:
Monday
April 24
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April 25
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Wednesday
April 26
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Thursday
April 27
NO CLASS
Friday
April 28
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Monday
May 1
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Tuesday
May 2
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Wednesday
May 3
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Thursday
May 4
NO CLASS
Friday
May 5
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Monday
May 8
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Tuesday
May 9
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Wednesday
May 10
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Thursday
May 11
NO CLASS
Friday
May 12
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Monday
May 15
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Tuesday
May 16
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Wednesday
May 17
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Thursday
May 18
NO CLASS
Friday
May 19
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Monday
May 22
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May 23
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Wednesday
May 24
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Thursday
May 25
NO CLASS
Friday
May 26
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Monday
May 29
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 30
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Wednesday
May 31
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Thursday
June 1
NO CLASS
Friday
June 2
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Monday
June 5
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Tuesday
June 6
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Thursday
June 8
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM
"You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here"