High School Economics Unit Plan for 1/2 Credit

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High School Economics Unit Plans

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

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.

Current Events Economics Current Events Economics

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 PlansHigh 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.

Book Report Economics Book Report Economics

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
  • Fuel
  • 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.

Economics Cover Page Economics Cover Page

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  1. Laura G says:

    I will be teaching a high school economics co-op class beginning in February. My question is…do you do everything together in class including Life of Fred or do they do some of it at home? I know that they would be doing the current events at home and working on their projects at home…but do they do the math at home? And do you have them share their current events pages with everyone else in the co-op? Could you just give me a glimpse as to what a typical co-op class day would look like?
    Thanks so much ….I love all your ideas….Laura

  2. Stacey Lane says:

    Life of Fred worked until the math got in the way of the story and since my focus was on economics and not pre-algebra, I went to just reading aloud the LOF and discussing the concepts. Yes, they shared their current events in class so we could discuss them.
    We would go over homework, read LOF, watch Stossel and discuss and then watch Bible Economics and discuss.

  3. wendy says:

    Stacy! This looks great! Are you able to post your list of projects the kids picked from. Which ones seemed to work best? Thanks!-Wendy

  4. Lori says:

    I’m so grateful for you sharing your plan. I’m doing my own version of this. Thank you for introducing me to the john stossel site!

    Do you feel using Life of Fred is detrimental to the study of economics? We just need half credit also and is rather them understand economics than the math of it. Just curious.

    Thank you again!

    • Stacey Lane says:

      Life of Fred is mostly math concepts but with an economics style to the questions. I used it to bring in some hands-on applications to understand the why of personal economics. You could easily skip it and focus more the bigger picture of economics.

      • Lori says:

        Thank you. My friend told me I could borrow hers so I just may do some of what you mentioned and have her read it. If I feel it’s too much I’ll just take it out.

  5. Tracy says:

    Thank you for this post. I love these ideas! Project based learning is such a great way to learn. I too would like to read more about the projects!

  6. Patricia Doyle says:

    These lessons plans look terrific, thank you so much for making them available you have no idea how much this is helping. us. Thank you again!


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