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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
February 5
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
10  KEY ELEMENTS OF ECONOMICS
Tuesday
February 6
NO CLASS
Wednesday February 7TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: FINISH
10  KEY ELEMENTS OF ECONOMICS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ INTRODUCTION TO Freakonomics: The Movie
Thursday February 8 **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 FRIDAY 
Friday February 9TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS ACTIVITY: FREAKONOMICS IN-CLASS WRITING

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ CHAPTER 1 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 1 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Monday
February 12
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET

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

the First Places to Check Out:
1. Website FAQ
2. LEARN CENTER: ARTICLES & VIDEOS covering all topics needed to develop a winning, profitable investment portfolio

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ CHAPTER 1 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 1 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY

RECOMMENDED READING: Robert Reich - 20 Signs of Impending Tyranny
Tuesday February 13NO CLASS
Wednesday February 14TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS 

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Work on
Naked Economics CHAPTER 1 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
2. WORK ON YOUR STOCK PORTFOLIO 
Thursday February 15**TOPIC: PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: CAPITALISM - A Love Story

NOTES: Synopsis for CAPITALISM - A Love Story
Friday February 16TOPIC: PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMICS 

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish CAPITALISM - A Love Story 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
CAPITALISM - A Love Story Study Questions - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON
WEDNESDAY

Monday
February 19
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 20NO CLASS
Wednesday February 21TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
2.
NAME THAT ECONOMIC SYSTEM
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO

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 
Thursday February 22**TOPIC: INEQUALITY - THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IN AMERICA

CLASS PRESENTATION: Inequality for All 

Friday
February 23
TOPIC: 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 WEDNESDAY

NOTES: GRAPHICS PACKAGE from Inequality for All
Monday
February 26
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.
STUDY GUIDE for Inequality for All - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
2. READ CHAPTER 2 in Naked Economics
3.
CHAPTER 2 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Tuesday February 27NO CLASS
Wednesday February 28TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
 
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ CHAPTER 2 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 2 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday
March 1
**TOPIC: The Behemoth WAL-MART

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:
1. READ CHAPTER 2 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 2 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY

INTERESTING ARTICLE on IMMIGRATION ISSUES: This Is A Crueler Country Than It Was 20 Years Ago
Friday
March 2
TOPIC: The Behemoth WAL-MART 

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 MONDAY 
Monday
March 5
TOPIC: U.S. ECONOMIC ISSUES 
 
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Current Events - Tariff War?
2. WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO

Tuesday
March 6
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 7 **TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Business Ethics
2. THE MADOFF AFFAIR

NOTES:
1.
THE MADOFF AFFAIR BACKGROUND INFORMATION
2. The 10 Most Outrageous Stock Market Scammers
3. Financial Scams and Schemes

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: THE MADOFF AFFAIR DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Thursday March 8NO CLASSES - Trip to RENAISSANCE FAIR 
Friday
March 9
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Bernie Madoff as a Case Study
2. Ponzi Supernova - Madoff Speaks 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: THE MADOFF AFFAIR DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
March 12
TOPIC: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS PPT 

NOTES:
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 
  
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS WORKSHEET DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Tuesday
March 13
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 14 TOPIC: "Mixed Bag"

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on 1 and/or 2
1. 
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
2. YOUR STOCK PORTFOLIO

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ INTRODUCTION to INSIDE JOB
Thursday March 15**TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: INSIDE JOB

NOTES:
1. Film SYNOPSIS
2.
ECONOMIC JARGON in INSIDE JOB 
Friday
March 16
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish INSIDE JOB 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: INSIDE JOB
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
March 19
Interesting article on "LEADERSHIP" in American Culture Today: The Limitations of Being Rich

TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1.
INSIDE JOB DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT END OF CLASS
2. WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
March 20
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 21 TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS OF 2008
2. TOO BIG TO FAIL

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: ECONOMICS WEBQUEST - WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH?
DAY ONE:
- Analyze the
PowerPoint slideshow created by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
- Complete the
PowerPoint Analysis Worksheet
- DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY   
Thursday March 22**TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: TOO BIG TO FAIL


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: ECONOMICS WEBQUEST -
WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH?
DAY TWO:
- READ TWO ARTICLES* listed in the WEBQUEST description / the
Economic Crisis Reading List
- Complete the
Article Analysis Worksheet
Friday
March 23
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS ACTIVITY: ECONOMICS WEBQUEST -
WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH?
DAY THREE

- Complete the Article Analysis Worksheet
- DUE AT END OF CLASS

SPRING BREAK ASSIGNMENT
- READ CHAPTER 5 in Naked Economics
CHAPTER 5 QUESTIONS in Naked Economics - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 4/4
SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 3
NO CLASS
Wednesday
April 4

TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS PRESENTATION: THE BIG SHORT

NOTES: Your Cheat Sheet for THE BIG SHORT
Thursday
April 5
**TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS PRESENTATION: THE BIG SHORT

NOTES: Your Cheat Sheet for THE BIG SHORT
Friday
April 6
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on THE BIG SHORT Discussion Guide - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
April 9
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. 
THE BIG SHORT Discussion Guide - DUE AT END OF CLASS
2. WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
April 10
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 11 TOPIC: COST OF HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.

READING:       
1.
WHY AN MRI COSTS $1080 IN AMERICA AND $280 IN FRANCE
2.
HIGH COST of Medical Procedures in the U.S.
3. U.S. Health Care Ranked Worst in the Developed World


CLASS PRESENTATION: 
Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System
Thursday  April 12**TOPIC: COST OF HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Sicko 

Friday 
April 13
COST OF HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish Sicko 

Monday
April 16

TOPIC: COST OF HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.

CLASS PRESENTATION: Sicko EXTRAS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Sicko Information Sheet / Discussion Questions - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
April 17
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 18 TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
 
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SHOPPING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE Worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Thursday April 19**TOPIC: A LESSON IN AMERICAN ECONOMICS AND GOVERNMENT???

CLASS PRESENTATION: WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?

       
UPDATE? Could it be happening again?
Behind the Quiet State-by-State Fight over Electric Vehicles

NOTES: WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? 
Film Summary

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: "RANK ORDER" on the
Roles of BUSINESS and GOVERNMENT in a democratic/capitalist society? 
Friday
April 20
 
TOPIC: CONSUMER SKILLS 

READING:
1.
The Top 25 Most Expensive Cars in the World 2018
2.
The Cheapest New Cars of 2018 Sold in the U.S.
3. 10 LEAST Reliable Cars of 2018
3. 10 MOST Reliable Cars of 2018
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
CAR BUYING - COMPARISON SHOPPINGCOMPLETED SHEET DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
April 23
TOPIC: CONSUMER SKILLS 

CLASS ACTIVITY:
CAR BUYING - FINANCING / COSTS - COMPLETED SHEET DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
April 24
NO CLASS
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April 25
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April 26
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April 27
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April 30
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Tuesday
May 1
NO CLASS
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May 2
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May 3
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May 7
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May 8
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May 9
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May 10
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May 11
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May 14
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Tuesday
May 15
NO CLASS
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May 16
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May 17
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May 18
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May 21
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May 22
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May 24
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May 25
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Monday
May 28
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 29
NO CLASS
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May 30
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May 31
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Friday
June 1
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 1 Exams
1:00 - Period 2 Exams
Monday
June 4
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 3 Exams
1:00 - Period 4 Exams
Tuesday
June 5
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 5 Exams
1:00 - Period 6 Exams
Thursday
June 7
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM