Lesson Plan

Understanding the Mathematics of the Fiscal Cliff

What exactly is the fiscal cliff? What are the effects of changing income tax rates and payroll tax rates? Your learners will begin by reading news articles and examining graphs illustrating the "Bush tax cuts" of 2001 and 2003. They will then research federal income tax rates and create a table of income levels, computing and comparing amounts of tax an individual at different levels would have to pay.

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CCSS: Designed
  • Strong interdisciplinary lesson 
  • Very useful tips and materials for instructor to use throughout resource, such as vocabulary frontloading strategies and graphic organizers
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