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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
Wednesday
April 25
TOPIC: ENERGY COSTS - Is Natural Gas the Solution OR an Even Bigger Problem?

CLASS PRESENTATION: FRACKING 101

NOTES:
1. ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF NATURAL GAS
2.
GASLAND - The Film in Context

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
READING: NationMaster - EXCELLENT Resource to Compare Countries
Thursday
April 26
**TOPIC: ENERGY COSTS - Is Natural Gas the Solution OR an Even Bigger Problem?

CLASS PRESENTATION: GASLAND
Friday
April 27
TOPIC: ENERGY COSTS - Is Natural Gas the Solution OR an Even Bigger Problem?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish GASLAND

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: GASLAND WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
April 30
TOPIC: U.S. ECONOMIC ISSUES 
 
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Current Events
2. WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
3. Finish ASSIGNMENTS, if necessary
Tuesday
May 1
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 2
TOPIC: The Near-Future? 

CLASS ACTIVITY: THE OBLIGATIONS OF A CONTRACT WITH YOUR COLLEGE ROOMMATE [often REQUIRED!]
-
Roommate "Guidelines"
-
Sample Roommate Agreement Form (from Oregon State University)

STEP 1: Fill out the Roommate Agreement Form for yourself - send it to me
STEP 2: TOGETHER - Complete the contract that you BOTH agree to - send it to me
Thursday
May 3
**TOPIC: 3rd (and last) showing in our Michael Moore Film Festival

CLASS PRESENTATION: Where To Invade Next

NOTES: Where To Invade Next FILM SUMMARY and FILM THEMES

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Where To Invade Next WRITING ASSIGNMENT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Friday
May 4
TOPIC: 3rd (and last) showing in our Michael Moore Film Festival 

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish Where To Invade Next 

NOTES: Where To Invade Next FILM SUMMARY and FILM THEMES
CLASS ACTIVITY:
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Where To Invade Next WRITING ASSIGNMENT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
May 7
TOPIC: U.S. ECONOMIC ISSUES 
 
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Current Events
2. WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
3. Finish ASSIGNMENTS, if necessary
Tuesday
May 8
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 9
TOPIC: Online Games for Economics [Let's Try Some Of These! (internet permitting) - maybe my dumbest idea of the year] 

1.
Spent - Could you survive, raise a child in a minimum wage job?
2. 
Rags to Riches - Can you open a new business successfully? 
Thursday
May 10
**TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #1

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
HOMELAND 2038 PROJECT
- YOU are the TEACHERS, and I am the student.
- STUDENT PRESENTATIONS ON MONDAY

Friday
May 11
TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #1

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
HOMELAND 2038 PROJECT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: STUDENT PRESENTATIONS ON WEDNESDAY
Monday
May 14
TOPIC: Work Day 
 
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. 
Work on HOMELAND 2038 PROJECT
2. WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO  
Tuesday
May 15
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 16
TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #1

CLASS ACTIVITY: 
HOMELAND 2038 PROJECT STUDENT PRESENTATIONS
Thursday
May 17
**TOPIC: INEQUALITY - THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IN AMERICA
    
CLASS PRESENTATION - Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: After viewing the video and READING the following
REACTION - WRITE A 2-PARAGRAPH RESPONSE: [DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY]

1. Do you think the presentation was biased (favoring one view / unfair to the other side)? Give reasons for your position of whether the ideas were presented in a fair or biased manner.

2. What did you find most interesting in the film? Why?

Friday
May 18
TOPIC: Mixed Messages?
- Let's finish with the Wall Street movie of the late 1980s ... Oliver Stone's "villain" (Gordon Gekko) instead became the hero/role model for many.
-
You can compare to 2013 WOLF OF WALL STREET starring Leonardo DiCaprio
- Be prepared to be amused by 1980s technology and fashion.

CLASS PRESENTATION:
WALL STREET
Monday
May 21
TOPIC: The "Vulture Economy"

CLASS PRESENTATION:
WALL STREET
Tuesday
May 22
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 23
TOPIC: The "Vulture Economy"

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish
WALL STREET

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WALL STREET DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY CANCELLED
Thursday
May 24
**TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #2

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. What if your future were random? [Bring a calculator to do the math!]
2. Career Clusters Interest Survey
Friday
May 25
TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #3 - Final Exam Project - PERSONAL CAREER / FINANCIAL PLANNING

READING:
1. The 25 BEST JOBS of 2018
2. Careers Millennials Should Avoid
3. The 50 BEST JOBS in America - And How Much They Pay
4. 
BEST AND WORST JOBS OF 2017 - Ranking 200 Jobs
5. The 50 BEST PLACES TO WORK in 2018

PROJECT INFORMATION SHEET: 
PERSONAL CAREER & FINANCIAL PLANNING PROJECT

STEP 1 - Career Choice + Training - DUE BY START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY

- BE SURE TO READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY AND COMPLETE ALL PARTS OF THE PROJECT
 
Monday
May 28
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 29
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 30
TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #3 - Final Exam Project - PERSONAL CAREER / FINANCIAL PLANNING

- Life Right After College BUDGET SHEET / WORKSHEET 
- Life 5 Years After School
BUDGET SHEET / WORKSHEET 
- Life At 35
BUDGET SHEET / WORKSHEET

- BUDGET SHEETS and QUESTIONS - DUE AT END OF ECONOMICS EXAM PERIOD ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Thursday
May 31
**TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #3 - Final Exam Project - PERSONAL CAREER / FINANCIAL PLANNING

- Life Right After College BUDGET SHEET / WORKSHEET 
- Life 5 Years After School
BUDGET SHEET / WORKSHEET 
- Life At 35
BUDGET SHEET / WORKSHEET

- BUDGET SHEETS and QUESTIONS - DUE AT END OF ECONOMICS EXAM PERIOD ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON
STOCK MARKET COMPETITION ENDS WHEN THE MARKET CLOSES TODAY 
Friday
June 1
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
1:00 - Period 2 Exams - ECONOMICS
- Personal Career / Financial Planning PROJECT

Time / Interest / Internet Permitting:
The Future - Take #4: Jump$tart's Reality Check
Paul Krugman, New York Times: Trump's Manchurian Trade Policy
Monday
June 4
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 3 Exams - U.S. HISTORY
1:00 - Period 4 Exams - WORLD CULTURES
Tuesday
June 5
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 5 Exams
1:00 - Period 6 Exams
Thursday
June 7
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM