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ISBN: 978-1-56183-624-6

The Perfect Blending of Economics and U.S. History

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your high school students.

Sure to capture the attention of your inquisitive and energetic students, these activity-based lessons give you a new, refreshing way to meet your U.S. History content goals, and infuse eye-opening economics material at the same time.

Your students solve intriguing historical mysteries such as:

  • Why did the 13 American colonies prosper, when they had little to offer economically?
  • Is education beyond high school worth the cost?
  • Why did the economy grow during the 1920's, but falter during the 1930's?
  • Did the New Deal help, or hurt, economic recovery?
  • Why did the post-World War II years bring unprecedented prosperity and expansion to the American middle class?

When you turn your students into U.S. History sleuths, you'll immediately capture their attention and unleash a new wave of creativity in your classroom.

Each lesson plan is arranged chronologically and covers key economic and historical events, so you can easily integrate the lesson plans into your curriculum as you zip through your U.S. History textbook. It's the best way to engage all your students in U.S. economic history, regardless of their interest or learning levels.

Connecting the Past to the Present (and the Future)

Economics and U.S. History are intimately interconnected. On a fundamental level, understanding the past helps your students understand our economic system and the keys to economic growth. They'll also discover:

  • how history has strengthened and fine-tuned our institutions;
  • how history improves the performance of economics;
  • and how understanding history is a key step toward reducing poverty.

You'll show your students how economics is a key driver of institutional evolution - and how that evolution connects the past with the present - and the future.

An Ideal Supplement to Your Textbook

Whenever you need to illustrate a key economic concept or want to give your students a new perspective on a key historical event, turn toFocus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History for an easy-to-use lesson plan that helps you cut through abstract events.

These supplemental activity-based lessons give your students an applied understanding of U.S. economic history, in a way standard textbook readings just can't.

When you introduce your students to the key economic events of history, you'll give them a whole new appreciation of U. S. History - and your classroom.

Classroom Tested, Student Approved

To give you a stress-free teaching experience, each lesson plan was:

  • developed by an expert in economic education;
  • tested in the classroom with students;
  • reviewed by a prominent economic historian;
  • and correlated with Council for Economic Education's Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics .

You don't need a background in economics to teach these lessons!

Introduce Your U. S. History Students to the Economic Way of Thinking

Each lesson plan uses the Guide to Economic Reasoning as a framework for introducing critical thinking skills to your students. Your students will apply these thinking and reasoning skills to everyday challenges throughout their entire lives.

Introductory Essay: "History Matters"

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History also includes an introductory essay by Douglass C. North, a well-known economic historian and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1993.

This illuminating piece gives you keen insight into economics history and is an excellent primer to prepare you to get the most out of these lessons in class.