In these assignments, students use information that they have previously learned to create fictional texting conversations about certain economic concepts. These assignments encourage creativity and high-level thinking while simulating a medium with which many students are comfortable. Any of these assignments can be modified from an assignment for a single student to one involving pairs or groups.
Scarcity, Entrepreneurship, Specialization, Economic Systems, Free Enterprise, Government Regulatory Agencies, Types of Businesses, Monopolies, Price Fixing, Labor Unions, Pure/Perfect Competition, Law of Demand, Law of Supply, Surplus, Shortage, Elastic Demand, Unemployment Rate, Types of Unemployment, GDP, Business Cycle, Great Depression, Inflation, Monetary Policy, Federal Open Market Committee, National Budget, National Debt, Reasons for Trade, Imports and Exports, Trade Barriers, Barter System, Exchange Rates, Financial Institutions, Banking, Credit Score, Mortgages, Education Loans, Credit Cards, Investing, Stock Market, Diversification, Auto Insurance, Homeowner’s Insurance, Health Insurance, Disability Insurance
• Teacher Instructions
• Teacher Summary
• Blank Texting Template
• 52 Texting Assignment Handouts
• Example Assignment for Students
• Optional Rubric
These activities can be used:
• As a way to reinforce content taught during a lesson
• As a starting activity to help students access their prior knowledge
• As a way to assess students’ understanding of a certain concept
• As a way to remediate a student who is having trouble with a certain concept
• As an optional “filler” activity when a lesson ends sooner than expected
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