Political Economy Teacher Resources

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Crash Course: U.S. Government and Politics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Help high schoolers become more informed citizens with a crash course in United States Government and Politics. Narrated by Craig Benzine, the 50-video course is based on the 2014 AP U.S. Government and Politics curriculum. Viewers learn...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Grinding to a Halt- The U.S. Economy

For Students 9th - 12th
Using gears as a visual metaphor, this political cartoon analysis worksheet gives a clear picture of one artist's perspective on the U.S. economy. Background information helps give pupils access to the cartoon's context, and 3 talking...
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Market Economy: Crash Course Government and Politics #46

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In a true market economy, the government has no role—or does it? Scholars investigate the role United States government and politics play in the economic system of the nation. The 46th video in a 50-part series introduces the concept of...
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Political Theory - Adam Smith

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Can capitalism have virtue? Adam Smith thinks so! The 12th video in a series of 13 discusses Smith's political and economic views. Pupils discover these concepts and more through primary source photographs and examples that relate to...
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Unauthorized Immigration and the US Economy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of immigration and the U.S. economy, class members assume the role of newspaper editors to determine which submitted letters to print on their paper's editorial page to present a balanced view of the debate.
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Monetary and Fiscal Policy: Crash Course Government and Politics #48

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered how much cash is actually available at any point in time in the United States? Scholars research how the monetary system is set up in the 48th installment of a 50-part series covering the United States government...
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Where US Politics Came From

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
After the passage of the United States Constitution, the founding fathers faced a difficult question: What kind of country should we be? How democratic should we be, and much free speech should we have? Discover the different visions...
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Gilded Age Politics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the incredible degree of corruption that existed in urban political machines during the late nineteenth century. This video offers a great review of the workings of Tammany Hall and major scandals of the Credit Mobilier and the...
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The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady

For Teachers Pre-K - 9th
In the wake of her recent passing, spend some time acquainting your class with the life of a woman who was highly influential in politics.
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Lesson: Unmonumental: War, Politics, and Protest

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Get those upper graders thinking about the world, social conflict, and art as a catalyst for change. They'll uncover the meanings behind four abstract works, intended to spread awareness of the need for social change. Kids are then asked...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Timely vs. Timeless

For Students 8th - 12th
In this historical events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about bank failure and respond to 2 talking point questions.
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Political Theory - Karl Marx

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Every political theory needs a devil's advocate. Discussing Karl Marx with your classroom creates a healthy debate about the pros and cons of the capitalistic system and government. Last in a series of 13, the video includes primary...
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Cartoons in the Classroom: Stagflation

For Students 10th - 12th
What is stagflation? Have your social studies class examine this political cartoon to define stagflation and understand recession as its defined in a political context. This worksheet would be a great warm up activity, perfect for extra...
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Corporate Profits vs. Jobs

For Students 9th - 12th
Bring the Occupy Movement debate to your classroom. This political cartoon analysis offers a chance for pupils to explore their personal ideas about corporate America and current economic issues. Background information is provided to...
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Cartoons in the Classroom: Economic Blame Game

For Students 10th - 12th
Two political cartoons grace this critical analysis worksheet. Several very good discussion questions and points to consider, could make this an interesting start to any US Government class. Prepare upper graders for identifying...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: The Economic Paradox

For Students 9th - 12th
It's a classic conundrum of economics: voters want jobs, but don't want to spend the money required for businesses to hire. This political cartoon analysis activity has high schoolers analyzing this enigma and responding to 3 talking...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Obama as the New Sisyphus

For Students 9th - 12th
Reveal how Greek Mythology can play into American politics through this political cartoon, where President Obama is depicted as Sisyphus. Background information gives scholars access to the cartoon's context, and three talking points...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Unemployment

For Students 9th - 12th
It's the classic paradox in this political cartoon analysis; any jobs plan requires extra government spending. However, the unemployed aren't willing to concede to more federal spending for what they want most, jobs. Background...
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Today's World

For Teachers 10th - 11th
While not an exhaustive review of globalization and trade, this overview of the inter-related nature of the economy would be a good tool to use in the classroom. This resource could be used to begin a discussion on the various topics...
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Alexander Hamilton and the Roots of Federalism

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Explore the origin of political parties in the United States. Learners work in groups to read and analyze copies of the "Report on Manufactures" written by Alexander Hamilton. Then, they complete a worksheet comparing the Federalists to...
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Cartoons for the Classroom

For Students 8th - 11th
Political cartoons have been used to decades. What do they symbolize? Why use a political cartoon instead of an editorial piece? Look at the two political cartoons illustrated here and analyze them as a class or in pairs. Consider...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Campaign Echoes

For Students 9th - 11th
Get on those thinking caps, because your class is going to analyze a political cartoon related to the 2008 presidential elections. Included is a large image of the cartoon, background information, and three guiding questions which can be...
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Immigration

For Teachers 8th - 12th
This 3-day immigration study draws on historical trends and current events. A worksheet accompanies initial research on one group's U.S. immigration history, giving opportunity for collaborative learning through sharing findings. Groups...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Congress and the President

For Students 11th - 12th
Learners take a critical look at the ways in which the president interacts with Congress in order to make political and economic decisions. They use a series of well-constructed discussion questions to guide their thinking as they...

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