High School Economics Unit Plan
These are my high school economics unit plan for this coming semester. Please note some of these resources are controversial and are not meant for younger audiences. Some of Stossel’s clips mention sex, some of the movie choices are rated PG-13, and not everyone agrees on money, religion, and politics. I fully expect my co-op to wrestle with these topics, I planned it that way.
High School Economics Unit Plan: Resources
- Economics for Everybody: Applying Biblical Principles to Work, Wealth, and the World by R.C. Sproul Jr.
- Stossel in the classroom: Good Intentions Gone Wrong
- Life of Fred Math: Pre-Algebra 2 with Economic
I am teaching a 13 week 2 hour co-op on Economics. I plan to start each class with Life of Fred. We will do 3 chapters a week to complete the book. Then we will watch Economics for Everybody and answer the questions from the study guide orally. Each video lesson averages about 20 minutes. Next we will watch the 10 minute clips from Stossel in the classroom and use some of the lesson guides for taking notes.
I have really enjoyed watching Economics for Everybody. R.C. Sproul Jr. does a great job of tackling a usually boring subject. I love the biblical foundation it provides. My main reason for selecting Stossel in the classroom was to provide thought provoking subject matter. When we watch the lesson on Professional Panhandling, I want to hear how the students wrestle with panhandlers and knowing God has called us to give to the poor.
I will require 10 current event articles on Economics with a few notes on the economic principles described in each article.
Here are my lesson plans with the 3 resources combined. High School Economics Unit Plan
High School Economics Unit Plan: Project Ideas
Instead of completing study guides and workbook pages, I am focusing on projects. I have typed up brief descriptions and I will have the students pick two. I am letting them choose the medium for reporting. They can give a speech with a powerpoint or display board, they can make a movie, they can design a scrapbook or notebook or they can design a board game.
I got most of my project ideas from Econedlink and an organized list of lesson plans from McRel. Teaching Economics as if People Mattered has an interesting demonstration on the distribution of wealth in America, The Ten Chairs.
High School Economics Unit Plan: Book List
Each student must choose at least 2 books to read from this list. They are not limited by this list but must get approval if the book is not on the list. I expect them to write at least a 2 paragraph summary of their chosen book or fill out the economic book report worksheet.
- Bible Economics: A Commonsense Guide to Our Daily Bread by R.C. Sproul Jr.
- Honest Money by Gary North
- Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard J. Maybury
- EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
- The Total Money Make Over by Dave Ramsey
- Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff
- Quitter by Jon Acuff
- The Root of Riches by Chuck Bentley
- The S.A.L.T. Plan by Chuck Bentley
- Any of the books from the Money Life Basics from Crown Financial
- Your Money Matters by Howard Dayton
- Planning for Freedom Let the Market System Work by Ludwig von Miles
- Economics for Real People by Gene Callahan
- The Mystery of Banking by Murray N. Rotherbard
High School Economics Unit Plan: Movie List
Most of these movie selections can be found on Netflix, (through the mail not internet streaming). I have not watched all of them but I do plan on watching and discussing each movie that is selected by the students. They must choose at least 2 movies to watch. They can choose other movies if they can explain how economics is a theme of the movie.
- The Grapes of Wrath
- Cast Away
- Roger and Me
- Mind Over Money:Nova
- Frontline: Breaking the Bank
- Frontline: Inside the Meltdown
- Maxed Out
- Make a Million
- Brother, Can You Spare a Dollar?
- The End of Poverty
- Life on the Edge of a Bubble
- The Documentaries of Louis Malle: God’s Country
- The Ascent of Money: The Financial History
- Tent City, USA
High School Economics Unit Plan: Games
Students must choose 2 of these games to play and write a one paragraph description of the economic principles learned while playing these games.
If you have any great economic based projects, books, movies or game ideas…Please share in the comments.
Since I created this my class, I though I would include it too.