Economics & Finance

Unit #1:  Introduction to Economics


Class Activities and Handouts:


Unit #2:  The Household Budget Project


Class Activities:

  • Calculating Withholdings and filling Out a 1040EZ Form
  • Types of Insurance
  • Types of Car Insurance

Optional Reading:

Personal Finance Information:

Household Income Data & Information:

Unit #3: Supply and Demand


Class Activities:

Optional Reading:

Unit #4:  GDP, Fiscal Policy and the Federal Budget



2014 Policy Paper Writing Assignment

Class Handouts/Assignments:

Assigned Readings:

Optional Readings:

  • Arguments for maintaining the defense budget are here
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office Table showing historical Debt-To-GDP Ratios (1790 to 2011) (for Macroeconomic Data Chart; similar to Atlantic Monthly article)

Unit #5:  Money and Banking


Class Activities:


Midterm Examination Information

Unit #6: Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

Homework: (see online articles below)

Required Homework Readings (see homework guide above):

Remember to print out and bring required articles above to class on February 4 for the note check, otherwise no points for review guide.

Class Activities

Useful Websites for the Investing Unit:

A.  Researching Stocks:

B.  Researching Mutual Funds:

C.  Mutual Fund Companies for Portfolio Assignment:

Optional:  Amid Tumult, Bonds Prove Steady

Q3 Current Events Assignment

Articles: Print Out and Read by 2/2.

Last Names:  A-H (Block 4)/Last Names B-J (Block 6)

Last Names: J-Z (Block 4)/Last Names K-W (Block 6)

Unit #7:  The Great Economists Project

Articles required for the Great Economist Project:

All Groups:  Economist Overview

Friedrich Hayek:

John Maynard Keynes:

John Kenneth Galbraith:

Milton Friedman

Adam Smith:


Unit #8: The 2007-2009 Financial Crisis


Class Activities:

  • Historical Recessions
  • Common Elements of Speculative Bubbles Throughout History
  • The U.S. Housing “Bubble”
  • 2007-2009 Financial Crisis Key Terms Jeopardy Game
  • Inside Job Film Questions

Useful Websites for understanding the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis:

Optional Current Events Readings Related to Financial Reform:

Articles from the Economist magazine about the 2008 Financial Crisis:

Other Articles:

Final Project

Unit #9:  International Trade (Juniors Only)


Class Activities:

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