Nothing livens up an economics class like a rousing good movie that dives deep into the real problems students are soon going to confront up front and personally when they enter the American work force. To get your students interested and debating the economic issues of our times, show Inequality for All
in class and watch your students come alive with interest and at times, outrage!
ABOUT THE FILM: INEQUALITY FOR ALL
Inequality for All is a 2013 documentary about modern economic problems. It specifically focuses on the 2007-2008 financial crisis, exploring how the widening gap between the rich and the poor was a contributing factor that continues to plague us today. Presented by Robert Reich, the U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, the film examines how increasing wage inequality leads not only to economic suffering as demand falls, but also how it threatens American democracy itself.
The film is good viewing for students in high school courses covering economics, government, or 20th century American history. It fits well into the latter classes because Reich provides an analysis of how top tax rates during the 20th century tended to either increase or decrease levels of inequality, depending on how the top tax rate was set.
For example, Reich makes a convincing case of a need for tax rates to be set at a level able to support public goods, and demonstrates how this was the case in America during the good times of the 1950s.
This film is especially timely right now to help students understand the forces driving and animating the campaign of Bernie Sanders for President -- he has made wage inequality the centerpiece of his political thinking!
Differentiated Instruction at Your Fingertips!
This teaching packet provides fill-in-the-blank worksheets for students to complete as they watch the film. There are two basic level worksheets, labeled Cloze Worksheet A and Cloze Worksheet B. Each of these is entirely unique; there is no overlap of problems between them.
Each of the basic worksheets provides students with more than 30 fill-ins to complete as they watch the film.
There is also an advanced level worksheet. This worksheet is a combination of Worksheets A and B. It is best used with students who are able to work at a more rapid pace, keeping up with the film as they quickly jot down the key words missing from each problem.
The Advanced Worksheets provides students with more than 60 fill-ins to complete as they watch.
CRITICAL THINKING EMPHASIS -- MORE THAN 20 INEQUALITY FOR ALL ESSAY / DISCUSSION TOPICS
After viewing, review the film’s key points and help your students apply them to their own economic futures by using the Essay Prompts / Discussion Topics. These are also great for generating debate and as the basis of a variety of projects!
This resource contains MORE THAN 20 topics for essays, debate, discussions, and projects! This is enough to keep your class busy for days if you make this film the centerpiece of a unit and assign student presentations from the topic list!
TEACHER CONVENIENCE FEATURES
--All worksheets questions time-stamped!
--Basic worksheets formatted to fit on a single sheet of paper, saving you time at the copy machine!
--Basic and advanced level worksheets, ready to go with NO PREP other than printing them out!
--Detailed suggested answers to essay prompts / discussion topics -- lots of conversation starters for you and your students!
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