Economics

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    • Burned Out of Homes and History: Unearthing the Silenced Voices of the Tulsa Race Riot

    • Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. 20 pages.
      Teaching about patterns of displacement and wealth inequality through the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, 20th Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Greed as a Weapon: Teaching the Other Iraq War

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. 14 pages.
      A role play investigating the economic consequences of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Modern Times

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 2 pages.
      This lesson uses Charlie Chaplin’s hilarious classic film, Modern Times, to help students think about the impact of “scientific management” on the workplace.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Economics, Labor, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Organic Goodie Simulation

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 7 pages.
      Lesson engages students in a lively simulation that helps them experience some of the pressures that lead workers to organize.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Economics, Labor, Organizing, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Paper Airplane Simulation

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 4 pages.
      In this simulation, students make paper airplanes to learn about the origins and effects of “scientific management”—owners’ attempt to capture workers’ skills and knowledge, and then to exploit that knowledge to reorganize work and cut costs by deskilling workers.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Economics, Labor | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Plotting Inequalities, Building Resistance: High School Students Use Math to Reflect on Social Inequality (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Plotting Inequalities, Building Resistance: High School Students Use Math to Reflect on Social Inequality

    • Teaching Activity. By Adam Renner, Bridget Brew, and Crystal Proctor. 5 pages.
      An article describing how math teachers in a San Francisco high school shed light on the ways economics and racism affect education, housing, and job opportunities.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Latino, Math, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Shutdown!—Confronting Plant Closures

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 14 pages.
      In this role play activity, students assume the roles of union members and attempt to figure out how to respond to a threatened plant closure.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Economics, Labor, Organizing, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Stealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of Community (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Stealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of Community

    • Teaching Activity. By Linda Christensen. 9 pages.
      Teaching about patterns of displacement and wealth inequality through the history of Chávez Ravine and the building of Dodger Stadium.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960, 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: African American, Economics, Latino, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • "Taylorizing" Burgers: A Fantasy

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 8 pages.
      In this playful activity, students utilize the principles of “scientific management” to restructure a burger joint—one that has been run a good deal more democratically and imaginatively.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Themes: Economics, Labor, Social Class | Reading Levels: High School
    • Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers

    • Teaching Guide. Edited by Eric Gutstein and Bob Peterson. 2013 (2nd edition). 300 pages.
      Lessons and articles on social justice math education for elementary and secondary school classrooms.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Economics, Education, Math | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, High School
    • Speaking Out: Women, War and the Global Economy

    • Teaching Guide. By Jan Haaken, Ariel Ladum, et al. 2005. 193 pages with DVD.
      Interactive lessons on the 1990s civil war in Sierra Leone and broader issues such as cross-cultural awareness, the global trade in diamonds and guns, and the effects of war on women.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Economics, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • Studs Terkel's "Working": A Teaching Guide

    • Teaching Guide. By Rick Ayers. 2001. 208 pages.
      Discussion questions and teaching ideas for Terkel’s classic 1974 text.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Themes: Economics, Labor | Reading Levels: High School
    • Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Anne Farrow, Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank. 2005. 304 pages.
      Challenges the misconception that only the South was involved in or profited from slavery.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Economics, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Field Guide to the Global Economy

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Sarah Anderson, John Cavanagh, and Thea Lee. 2005. 160 pages.
      The economics of globalization in easy to read charts.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
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    • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Barbara Ehrenreich. 2008. 256 pages.
      Undercover journalism exposing hard realities of life for the working poor.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Economics, Labor, Social Class | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School
    • A People's History of the United States (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present

    • Books – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005, with a new introduction by Anthony Arnove in 2015. 784 pages.
      Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details lives and facts rarely included in textbooks—an indispensable teacher and student resource.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, All US History | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Education, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Marc Mauer and Sabrina Jones. 2012. 128 pages.
      Based on the popular book Race to Incarcerate, this graphic adaptation is a key resource to introduce a study of U.S. prison system to middle school readers and above.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Social Class | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Real Cost of Prisons Comix

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Ellen Miller-Mack, Craig Gilmore, Lois Ahrens, Susan Willmarth, and Kevin Pyle. 2008. 104 pages.
      This comic book presents the human stories behind the statistics.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Laws & Citizen Rights | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Naomi Klein. 2008. 720 pages.
      Klein demonstrates how shock has been used by global elites to push through a radical agenda of privatization and “free trade.”

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 2001 - Present, 20th Century | Themes: Economics, US Foreign Policy | Reading Levels: Adult
    • Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies & Sparked the American Revolution

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Alfred Blumrosen and Ruth Blumrosen. 2006. 304 pages.
      A detailed account of the role slavery played in the Revolutionary War and the writing of the U.S. Constitution.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 18th Century, 19th Century | Themes: Economics, Slavery | Reading Levels: Adult
    • "They're Bankrupting Us!": And 20 Other Myths about Unions

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Bill Fletcher Jr. 2012. 224 pages.
      Scholar and labor organizer Bill Fletcher Jr. unpacks the 21 myths most often cited by anti-labor propagandists.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Themes: Economics, Labor, Organizing | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Naomi Klein. 2015. 576 pages.
      Naomi Klein tackles the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century | Themes: Economics, Environment & Food |
    • Freedom Road

    • Book – Fiction. By Howard Fast. 1944. 294 pages.
      The politics and economics of Reconstruction told through memorable historical fiction.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, 19th Century | Themes: Economics | Reading Levels: High School
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