To analyze the corporate form of business, which dominated the American economy during the era of industrial expansion.
1 class period
Begin by reading with the class the introductory paragraphs about the creation of corporations, advantages they provide, and how these stockholder-owned businesses function. Students will then answer some follow-up questions using a circle graph.
NOTE: Prior to using this lesson, make a list of 25 corporations from the financial pages of the newspaper. Pick corporations with names that most students will recognize. For each corporation, write the latest “close” as a number and fraction, and also as dollars and cents. Give each student a copy of this information, or write it on the board. Tell the students to use the dollars and cents figures on the BUYING SHARES OF STOCK form under “Cost Per Share.” They will use the number and fraction on the VALUE OF STOCK PER SHARE form under “Value When Purchased.” When preparing your list, convert fractions to the nearest cent:
During the period, have students complete the BUYING SHARES OF STOCK form on page 102B and the three lines below it. They also should fill in the “Value When Purchased” column on the second form. Then collect the investment sheets. Every two weeks over the next two months, pass back the investment sheets. Read the latest share values (numbers and fractions) for the 25 corporations. The class members will add these figures to their VALUE OF STOCK PER SHARE form.
After 8 weeks, have students complete the SELLING SHARES OF STOCK form and the lines below it. Determine which class members made the most money during the 2-month investment period.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.