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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 1
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: 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, 2/10
Tuesday February 2NO CLASS
Wednesday February 3TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: FINISH 10  KEY ELEMENTS OF ECONOMICS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ INTRODUCTION TO Freakonomics: The Movie
Thursday February 4**TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: FREAKONOMICS: THE MOVIE 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FREAKONOMICS In-Class Writing ON FRIDAY
Friday February 5TOPIC: INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS

CLASS ACTIVITY: IN-CLASS WRITING ON FREAKONOMICS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Finish FREAKONOMICS In-Class Writing, if necessary
Monday
February 8
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 9NO CLASS
Wednesday February 10TOPIC: STOCK MARKET     

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
STOCK MARKET BASICS
2. 
HOW ARE THE WORLD MARKETS DOING TODAY?

NOTES:
LEARN ABOUT HOW THE MARKET WORKS AT STOCKS AND THE STOCK MARKET

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ALL THE TOPICS LISTED AT THE TOP:    
- INVESTING
- TRADING
- STOCK PRICE
- INDEXES
- STOCK BROKERS
- ADVICE
- BULL AND BEAR MARKETS


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READ CHAPTER 2 in Naked Economics
2.
CHAPTER 2 QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY, 2/18
Thursday February 11**TOPIC: PERSPECTIVES ON ECONOMICS

CLASS PRESENTATION: CAPITALISM - A Love Story

NOTES:
Synopsis for CAPITALISM - A Love Story
Friday February 12TOPIC: 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 15
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES
Tuesday February 16NO CLASS
Wednesday February 17TOPIC: 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 THURSDAY
Thursday February 18**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
Friday
February 19
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 MONDAY

NOTES: GRAPHICS PACKAGE from Inequality for All
Monday
February 22
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO 
Tuesday February 23NO CLASS
Wednesday February 24TOPIC: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 

CLASS PRESENTATION: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS PPT 

NOTES:
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 
  
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Thursday February 25**TOPIC: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 

CLASS PRESENTATION: IS WALMART GOOD FOR AMERICA? 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
IS WALMART GOOD FOR AMERICA? WORKSHEET - DUE ON FRIDAY
Friday February 26TOPIC: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS 

CLASS PRESENTATION: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS PPT 

NOTES:
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
  
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
February 29
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
March 1
NO CLASS 
Wednesday March 2 TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: THE MADOFF AFFAIR [Billionaire Investor Now in Prison]


NOTES:
BACKGROUND INFORMATION

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: THE MADOFF AFFAIR DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY  
Thursday March 3NO CLASSES - Trip to RENAISSANCE FAIR
Friday
March 4
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Financial Scams and Schemes
2.
Bernie Madoff as a Case Study

NOTES: Ponzi Scheme Explained

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: THE MADOFF AFFAIR DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
March 7
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
March 8
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 9 TOPIC: ENERGY COSTS - Is Natural Gas the Solution OR an Even Bigger Problem?

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. FRACKING 101
2. 
GASLAND

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

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1.
READING: NationMaster - EXCELLENT Resource to Compare Countries
2. GASLAND WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY   
Thursday March 10**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 FRIDAY
Friday
March 11
TOPIC: A TEST RUN OF YOUR FUTURE
      
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Access
SHOW ME THE FUTURE
2. Click on "PLAY NOW"
3. READ THE DIRECTIONS!!!!!
Monday
March 14
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
 
Tuesday
March 15
NO CLASS  
Wednesday March 16 TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: INSIDE JOB

1.
INTRODUCTION to INSIDE JOB
2.
Film SYNOPSIS
3.
ECONOMIC JARGON in INSIDE JOB
Thursday March 17**TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish INSIDE JOB 
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: INSIDE JOB
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
March 18
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: INSIDE JOB
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - 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, 3/30    
SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
March 29
NO CLASS 
Wednesday March 30 TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION:
THE ECONOMIC CRISIS OF 2008
Thursday March 31**TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: 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
- Each person in the group will need to turn in one of these worksheets - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY   
 
Friday
April 1
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS

CLASS PRESENTATION: TOO BIG TO FAIL

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: ECONOMICS WEBQUEST -
WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH?
DAY TWO:
- Each member of your group is to read one article listed in the WEBQUEST description / the
Economic Crisis Reading List
- Complete the
Article Analysis Worksheet
- Share your findings with your group and brainstorm possible solutions to the economic crisis
- DUE AT END OF CLASS ON MONDAY  
Monday
April 4
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1.
ECONOMICS WEBQUEST - WHAT CAUSED THE CRASH? DAY TWO
- Complete the Article Analysis Worksheet
- Share your findings with your group and brainstorm possible solutions to the economic crisis
- DUE AT END OF CLASS
2. WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO 
Tuesday
April 5
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 6 TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS PRESENTATION: THE BIG SHORT

NOTES: Your Cheat Sheet for THE BIG SHORT
Thursday April 7 **TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS PRESENTATION: THE BIG SHORT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: THE BIG SHORT Discussion Guide - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Friday
April 8
END OF 3rd QUARTER
TOPIC: THE MARKETS AND FINANCIAL CRISIS 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Complete THE BIG SHORT Discussion Guide - DUE AT END OF CLASS
Monday
April 11
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
April 12
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 13 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.

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
SHOPPING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE Worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Thursday  April 14**TOPIC: COST OF HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Sicko

 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Sicko Information Sheet / Discussion Questions - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Friday 
April 15
TOPIC: COST OF HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Sicko

 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Sicko Information Sheet / Discussion Questions - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
April 18
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
April 19
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 20 TOPIC: CONSUMER SKILLS 

READING:
1.
The 7 Most Expensive Supercars in the World
2.
The Cheapest New Cars in the World
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
CAR BUYING - COMPARISON SHOPPING - COMPLETED SHEET DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY 
Thursday April 21**TOPIC: CONSUMER SKILLS 

CLASS ACTIVITY: CAR BUYING - FINANCING / COSTS - COMPLETED SHEET DUE AT END OF CLASS
Friday    April 22   TOPIC: CONSUMER SKILLS - Credit Cards

CLASS ACTIVITY:
CREDIT SAFARI
Monday
April 25
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
April 26
NO CLASS
Wednesday
April 27
TOPIC: Advertisers vs. Consumers

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
REGULATION OF ADVERTISING
Thursday
April 28
**TOPIC: Advertisers vs. Consumers 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Secrets of the Superbrands - TECHNOLOGY
-- READING: BBC background article
2. Secrets of the Superbrands - FASHION
--READING: BBC background article
Friday
April 29
TOPIC: Advertisers vs. Consumers 

CLASS PRESENTATION: Complete Secrets of the Superbrands - FASHION

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: The Marketing Mix Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Monday
May 2
TOPIC: Advertisers vs. Consumers / STOCK MARKET

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. 
The Marketing Mix Webquest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
2. WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
May 3
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 4
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
Thursday
May 5
**TOPIC: 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
Friday
May 6
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: You will be placed in a group with partner(s) - Complete the contract that you ALL agree to - send it to me
Monday
May 9
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: HOMELAND 2036 PROJECT - YOU are the TEACHERS, and I am the student.
-
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS ON FRIDAY
Tuesday
May 10
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 11
TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #1

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
HOMELAND 2036 PROJECT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: STUDENT PRESENTATIONS ON FRIDAY
Thursday
May 12
**TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #1

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
HOMELAND 2036 PROJECT

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: STUDENT PRESENTATIONS ON FRIDAY
Friday
May 13
TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #1

CLASS ACTIVITY: 
HOMELAND 2036 PROJECT STUDENT PRESENTATIONS 
Monday
May 16
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO
Tuesday
May 17
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 18
TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #2

CLASS ACTIVITY: What if your future were random? [Bring a calculator to do the math!]
Thursday
May 19
**TOPIC: 3rd (and last) showing in our Michael Moore Film Festival

CLASS PRESENTATION: Where To Invade Next
Friday
May 20
TOPIC: 3rd (and last) showing in our Michael Moore Film Festival 

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish Where To Invade Next 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Where To Invade Next WRITING ASSIGNMENT - DUE AT END OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
May 23
TOPIC: STOCK MARKET 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Complete 
Where To Invade Next WRITING ASSIGNMENT - DUE AT END OF CLASS
2. 
WORK ON YOUR PORTFOLIO - COMPETITION ENDS IN 8 BUSINESS DAYS
Tuesday
May 24
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 25
TRIP TO WATER PARK – NO CLASSES
Thursday
May 26
**TOPIC: Online Games for Economics [Let's Try & Review Some Of These! (internet permitting)] 

1. Financial Soccer - a GREAT game, IF we can load it
- different levels of difficulty
- can select your country (Albania, but not Kosovo)
- might play more than once (different difficulty levels)

2.
Spent - Could you survive, raise a child in a minimum wage job?

3.
Practical Money Skills for Life website
- Countdown to Retirement
- Road Trip to Savings
- Check out the Calculators of many types on this website

4. FEDERAL RESERVE

a)
In Plain English: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve
- A LONG but USEFUL explanation of the system - BUT they "bury the lede"! (Who is REALLY in charge?)
b) 
Fed Chairman Game - YOU are in charge!
Friday
May 27
TOPIC: THE FUTURE - Take #3 - Final Exam Project - PERSONAL CAREER / FINANCIAL PLANNING

READINGBEST AND WORST JOBS OF 2016 - Ranking 200 Jobs

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 30
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 31
NO CLASS
Wednesday
June 1
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 MONDAY AFTERNOON

Thursday
June 2
STOCK MARKET COMPETITION ENDS WHEN THE MARKET CLOSES TODAY

**
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 MONDAY AFTERNOON
Friday
June 3
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30: ENGLISH
1:00: PSYCHOLOGY / U.S. HISTORY
Monday
June 6
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30: SCIENCE
1:00: ECONOMICS

Tuesday
June 7
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30: MATH
1:00: CREATIVE WRITING

Thursday
June 9
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM
"You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here"