Understanding Economics in US History, by Troy D. White
Understanding Economics in U.S. History How Economics Can Strengthen the Teaching of History Today Youll Discover How To: 1. Apply Economic Reasoning to Historical Events 2. Use Mystery-based Lesson Plans and Activities 3. Find Supplemental Online Lesson PlansResources:Focus: Understanding Economics In U.S. History -- http://ushistory.councilforeconed.orgEconEdLink -- http://www.econedlink.orgTroy D. White, Director of Sales and MarketingCouncil for Economic Education GMNY email@example.com February 7, 2009212-730-1791 work917-270-0634 cell
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What are some of the challenges of teaching history?How Economics can helpEconomics stresses that all people make choices. But...... they don’t know, at the time, what the consequences of their choices will be. So, people make decisions by weighing costs vs. benefits. Your Goal Get your students to see a range of possibilities by looking at historical events through a prism of costs vs. benefits analysisGUIDE TO ECONOMIC REASONING1 People choose.2. People’s choices involve costs.3. People respond to incentives in predictable ways.4. People create economic systems that influence individual choices andincentives.5. People gain when they trade voluntarily.6. People’s choices have consequences that lie in the future.
Visithttp://ushistory.councilforeconed.org/related_lessons.php to find online lessons
Finding Teachable Moment Lesson Plans on EconEdLink.orgStep 1. Scroll to the bottom of http://www.econedlink.org and click on "quick search" to find a particular conceptStep 2. Refine your search with the "Find a Lesson" section on the left side of the screen. Click the "advanced" button to search the title and body for keywordsStep 3. Use these links to navigate the site: a) Current Events – latest economic news, with "related lesson plans" that help you apply economics lessons to current events b) Weblinks – online resources and Web sites c) Datalinks – key economic data, and what it means d) Cyberteach – includes a "Today In History" with related lessons to teach that topic; EconEdLink Tools, http://www.econedlink.org/cyberteach/tools.php, has interactives e) Standards – find lesson plans that meet the NY economic standardsReferences, Additional Resources for Teaching Economics inU.S. HistoryHistorical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition, Edited by Richard Sutch andSusan Carter with contributions from 200 other scholars, Cambridge University Press, 2006History of the American Economy, Gary M. Walton and Hugh Rockoff, South-WesternThompson LearningAmerican Economic History, Jonathan Hughes and Louis P. Cain, Pearson Education, Inc.An Entrepreneurial History of the United States, Gerald Gunderson, Beard BooksBasic Economics: A Citizens Guide to the Economy, Thomas Sowell, Basic BooksCommon Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and ProsperityJames Gwartney, Richard Stroup and Dwight Lee, St. Martin’s Presswww.commonsenseeconomics.com