Instructional Video

Political Theory - Adam Smith

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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 current events today.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage class discussion after watching the video; examples of topics include capitalistic systems, consumer education, and how Adam Smith's views influenced politics
  • Flip the classroom by asking learners to view the video as homework
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is a good addition to a unit on political theory
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • The script makes complicated concepts about government simple to learn
  • Various viewings of contextual primary sources help build scholars' skills 
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