ERIC Number: ED239937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Using Social Studies Skill Lessons to Teach Economic Concepts and Economic Analysis.
Lessons from a ninth-grade course which integrates social studies skills development and economic concept teaching are outlined. An overview describes the content of the year-long course and the skill objectives. Course content is divided into three sections: a basic introduction to economics, student interest topics such as the economics of crime and consumer economics, and a simulation of an economic community. Skills developed in the course are related to: textbooks, "Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature," card catalogs, encyclopedias, charts, graphs, tables, editorial cartoons, fact and opinion, bias, time lines, and source reliability. Following a chart which tags economic concepts to activities and skills lessons, lessons are described in greater detail. The appendix contains the following sample lessons: use of economic cartoons to understand symbols and opinions; examination of circle graphs of energy production and consumption; use of the encyclopedia to study the industrial revolution; and location of information on inflation, energy, and unemployment through the "Reader's Guide." Also included is a test of junior high school level economic understanding. (LP)
Descriptors: Awards, Concept Teaching, Economics Education, Grade 9, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Library Skills, Program Descriptions, Skill Development, Social Studies, Teacher Developed Materials, Units of Study
National Depository for Economic Education Awards, Milner 184, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Robbinsdale Independent School District 281, MN.
Note: Paper prepared at Hosterman Junior High School for the International Paper Company Foundation's 19th Annual National Awards Program for the Teaching of Economics (1980-1981).