Welcome back from Spring Break! We have just over 10 short weeks of school left, and with the sun coming out more and more this time will pass quickly! Be sure to complete your work in a timely manner so you do not fall behind and feel extra stressed at the end of the semester!
- I can self-direct my learning
- I can demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of economics.
- I can consider the impacts of economic inequality in my own life and in the United States.
- RAP: To open class, students reflected and shared their thoughts in response to the following prompt: Describe a time when you followed all the rules but still lost. We used this introductory question to personalize our learning about the basic principles of economics, our new unit.
- Main Stage: Afterward, we reviewed the new unit broadly, discussing major terms and ideas that we will examine. Understanding the basic principles of economics means understanding the dynamics that shape our economic lives. There are so many angles and ways to do this, but our class will examine the principles of economics through the frame of inequality. We first discussed this term, and then watched this short video about inequality in the United States.
- Closing: After discussing our reactions, students then dived into segments of Michael Moore's documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story. Though biased, the documentary does a fantastic job of highlighting stories of inequality in the United States. While watching the first 48 minutes, students completed this graphic organizer to track their learning. I wanted to start the new unit with these stories to give students a deep connection into the learning ahead.