Though the learners in your economics class may only associate tax season with their parents poring over receipts in frustration, they will eventually be filling out their own tax forms before April 15th each year. A video from Crash Course Economics demonstrates the difference between regressive taxes and progressive taxes, the basics of tax brackets, and the ways paying taxes — or not —have inspired rebellion and government change throughout history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils watch the video at home or on independent class tablets, and use notes they've taken during the viewing in a small group discussion
  • Connect to a US History lesson on the American Revolution
Classroom Considerations
  • Mentions the Biblical association of the status of tax collectors with the status of prostitutes
  • Comment section is open to the public, and contains remarks that may not be appropriate or helpful for your lesson
  • Incorporates history into a discussion on economics
  • Uses real-world examples to connect to learners' lives
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