To provide an overview of the system of taxation and the process of formulating a budget.
1 class period
This lesson is good at helping students develop critical thinking skills.
There are twelve paragraphs pertaining to taxation and spending. Each one is followed by a question asking class members for their opinion on the issue or situation being described. After each paragraph and question, students must write a response of 30 to 50 words in the spaces provided.
You can begin by going over the directions for the activity and reading question 1 with the class. Give the students time to write an answer, then discuss their responses.
EXAMPLE - QUESTION 1
Governments at all levels –– local, state, and national –– require people and businesses to pay taxes. These include property taxes, income taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, excise taxes, tariffs, estate taxes, inheritance taxes, and gift taxes. Governments use the tax revenue to pay the cost of police and fire protection, health programs, schools, roads, national defense, and many other public services. Name one other public service paid for with tax monies, and tell why it is important to the American people.
Continue in the same way with questions 2-12. You may want to assign a few questions at a time over several class periods.
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