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Twenty-nine percent of Americans want to abolish the one-cent coin, which begs the question: Is a penny saved really a penny earned? Scholars read fascinating facts about the history of the penny in preparation for a class debate or discussion. They also discover the main pro and con arguments to determine whether the penny should stay in circulation. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils conduct a poll of their friends and family members to determine if the United States should keep the penny 
  • Instruct small groups to discuss which famous faces they would like to see on US currency
Classroom Considerations

  • Students require computers with Internet access to complete research about the debate topics

  • Provides extensive footnotes for further exploration of the issue
  • Allows learners to participate in an online poll and receive immediate results about other users' opinions 

  • Not a comprehensive overview of the topic, so additional research may be necessary