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Field Guide to the U.S. Economy, by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, Nancy Folbre, James Heintz and the Center for Popular Economics (New Press, 2006). Full of cartoons and graphs, this lively book describes 160 current issues, from the distribution of wealth to the provision of child care, from from job benefits to health-care coverage, from international financial crises to global warming. While not specifically designed for the high school classroom, this book presents basic concepts and statistics in an appealing way.

 

Introducing Economics: A Critical Guide for Teaching, by Mark H. Maier and Julie A. Nelson (M.E. Sharpe, 2007).This guide for high school teachers is designed to help instructors counter the narrowness (and, often, right-wing bias) of many high school economics curriculum materials. Following the outline of a typical high school textbook, it gives a broader view of arguments on topics including consumption, labor, corporations, the environment, and lobalization. In addition, the volume includes a history of the development of high school economics, a description of the competing schools of economics, critical commentary on each of the Voluntary National Content Standards for economics, and an annotated guide to the major organizations involved in high school economics teaching. Read the Introduction for more information.

Real World Macro, Real World Micro, and Current Economic Issues by Dollars & Sense. Articles from the magazine Dollars and Sense organized by topic, including helpful previews and discussion questions. While designed a college-level courses, many of the readings can be read by high school students, especially to accompany readings from the business press. Includes questions for discussion.

Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson (Rethinking Schools, 2002). This comprehensive 402-page book from Rethinking Schools helps teachers raise critical issues with students in grades 4 - 12 about the increasing globalization of the world's economies and infrastructures, and the many different impacts this trend has on our planet and those who live here.
Teaching Economics As If People Mattered by Tamara Sober Giecek with United for a Fair Economy (2nd edition, 2007). Twenty-one ready-to-go lessons focusing on income and wealth distribution. Included are recommendations for conducting the lessons and handouts, updated in the new edition with more recent economic statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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