Daily Teaching Summary (4-4-2014)

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PERIOD 1 – Economics

TODAY’S TOPIC – American Free Enterprise

TEACHING OBJECTIVE – Students will compare and contrast the Free Market with a Centrally Planned Economy and get an introduction to the American Free Enterprise System.

C.C.S.S. STANDARDS ADDRESSED – RH 11-12.9 – Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

LIFE CONNECTION – It is important to understand the different types of economic systems because the economy will impact us after high school.


5 minutes – daily quiz – difference between the free market and a centrally planned economy

10 minutes – Economic systems venn diagram (skipped due to high quiz results)

10 minutes – Economic systems homework mini project directions

30 minutes – Introduction presentation to the American Free Enterprise system.

20  minutes – designing a public good that could be added onto our school and groups will explain how the benefits of this good will outweigh the costs.

15 minutes – wrap up introduction to the American Free Enterprise system.


The economic systems homework mini project. This weekend I want you to research three countries. One for each of the different types of economic systems. Write down the names of the three countries. Under each name you must write a brief explanation as to why you think this country is a 1. Free Market 2. Mixed Market. or 3. Centrally Planned Economy. On Monday you must have one country from each of these three different styles of economic systems and ready to share your information and explanation.


Chapter 3 – American Free Enterprise Presentation

STUDENT OF THE DAY – T.B.A. – To Be Announced

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PERIOD 2,3 – Criminal Behavior

TODAY’S TOPIC – Organized Crime

TEACHING OBJECTIVE – Students will examine the cultural differences between the Russian, Japanese, and Italian mafias.

C.C.S.S. STANDARDS ADDRESSED – RH 9-10.3 – Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

LIFE CONNECTION – It is important to learn about organized crime because it has a serious impact on law enforcement.


Today students were introduced to the Russian Mafia and the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia). We documented what we knew about them in addition to the knowledge we already had about the Italian/Sicilian mafias. Then we created a web showing what these three organized crime organizations had in common and what was different about each one.


Review the differences between these three criminal organizations. We will have a brief quiz on Monday when you return at the beginning of class.


STUDENT OF THE DAY – T.B.A. – To Be Announced