Gold Standard

This Gold Standard handout & reference also includes:

If all the mined gold in the world was melted across a football field, it would rise 5.4 feet. That's just one interesting fact pupils learn when using the debate topics website to determine if the United States should return to a gold standard. They view readers' opinions on the debate and weigh the pros and cons of the issue. A handy graph details the price of gold versus inflation and currency in circulation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss effective public speaking strategies, such as maintaining eye contact, good posture, and a clear speaking voice 
  • Print a picture of the first United States gold coin, the 1795 Gold Eagle
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires computer and Internet access for research, as well as headphones
  • Time needed for the activity may vary
  • Includes a gallery of pro and con videos 
  • Provides footnotes and sources for extended research opportunities 
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