Subject Matter: Economics DOCUMENTS

 

Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective

  • Author: David Shiman
  • Type: Full curriculum
  • Source: Univ. of Minnesota Human Rights Center

Free download at

http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/tb1b/

  • Grade Level: middle - high school
  • Subject Area: social studies, economics
  • Description: Provides an introduction to economic and social rights, 9 learning activities, and resources. See especially Activity 5, Hunger USA,

 

The Economics of Risk

  • Type: Lesson plan
  • Source: Teaching Tolerance

Free download at http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/economics-risk

  • Grade Level: middle – high school
  • Subject Area: social studies, women’s studies
  • Description: Students identify and weigh risks and potential benefits that women consider when deciding to come to the US without legal documents.

 

Food Force

  • Type: Video game
  • Source: UN World Food Programme and KONAMI Digital Entertainment
  • Price: free download at

https://www.wfp.org/stories/online-game-food-force-puts-players-front-lines-hunger

  • Grade Level: middle – high school
  • Subject Area: economics, social studies
  • Description: Puts players in control of the world’s largest humanitarian aid agency. Combines multiplayer fun with the ability to provide real meals to hungry children around the globe.

 

Issues of Poverty

  • Type: Four-lesson unit
  • Source: Teaching Tolerance

Free download at http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/issues-poverty

  • Grade Level: middle - high school
  • Subject Area: social studies, language arts
  • Description: Addresses poverty as systemic and rooted in politics, economics, and discrimination. Lessons include “What is Poverty?” “Poverty and Unemployment,” “Race and Poverty,” “The Cycle of Poverty.”

 

Lucas Benitez

  • Type: Lesson plan
  • Source: Speak Truth to Power Curriculum, RFK Center

Free download to page 106 at

http://s3.amazonaws.com/speaktruth/resources/157/NYSUT_STTP_curriculum.pdf

  • Grade Level: high school
  • Subject Area: social studies, economics, women’s studies
  • Description: Activities featuring Lucas Benitez’s work for the rights of migrant workers.

 

Mohammed Yuus

  • Type: Lesson plan
  • Source: Speak Truth to Power Curriculum, RFK Center

Free download to page 86 at

http://s3.amazonaws.com/speaktruth/resources/157/NYSUT_STTP_curriculum.pdf

  • Grade Level: high school
  • Subject Area: social studies, economics, women’s studies
  • Description: Activities based on Mohammed Yuus’ establishment of the Grameen Bank to help women gain economic independence.

 

Poverty Curriculum

  • Type: 5-Lesson Curriculum
  • Source: Cyberschoolbus

Free download at

http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/poverty2000/index.asp

  • Grade Level: middle – high school
  • Subject Area: social studies, economics
  • Description: Lessons address poverty-related issues of food, health, housing, education, and economic security.

 

Poverty + Human Rights

  • Type: Lesson plans with videos
  • Source: Amnesty International UK

Free download at

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/resources/resource-pack-poverty-human-rights

  • Grade Level: middle – high school
  • Subject Area: social studies, economics
  • Description: Three lessons with accompanying videos introduce the issue, explore how different organizations approach ending poverty.

 

Property Rights: Is the Environment Different?

  • Type: Lesson Plan
  • Source: Foundation for Teaching Economics

Free download at

http://www.fte.org/teacher-resources/lesson-plans/efllessons/lesson-7-property-rights-is-the-environment-different/

  • Grade Level: High school – adult
  • Subject Area:  social studies, economics
  • Description: Examines the economics of environmental realities, policies and solutions.

 

Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factor

  • Author: Miriam Ching Louie
  • Source: South End Press, 2001
  • Price: About $18
  • Grade Level: high school - adult
  • Subject Area: social studies, economics
  • Description: Summarizes the histories of Chinese, Mexican, and Korean immigration and examines the practices and policies that propel women, men, and children into dangerous and poorly paid jobs.

 

Whose Fruits and Just Desserts?

  • Type: Lesson plan
  • Source: Voices Across Time: American History through Music

Free download at

http://www.library.pitt.edu/voicesacrosstime/come-all-ye/ti/2006/Lesson%20Plans/06SaariFruits.html

  • Grade Level: high school
  • Subject Area: social studies, US History
  • Description: Examines the causes and consequences of labor unrest in the early 20th century, considering both the needs and wants of labor and the reactions of “capital.” Examines these opposing interests and needs and how they continue to play a key role in contemporary American society

 

Videos

 

A Place at the Table

  • Director/Producer: Lori Silverbush and Kristi Jacobs
  • Source: Magnolia Pictures, 2012
  • Price: Buy from Google Play for $10. Rent from $4. Clips available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqQVll-MP3I
  • Time: 84 minutes
  • Grade Level: high school - adult
  • Description: Makes the case that hunger has serious economic, social and cultural implications for the nation.

 

Videos

 

Harlan County, USA

  • Director: Barbara Kopple, 1976
  • Source: Available from Amazon
  • Time: 103 minutes
  • Grade Level: high school - adult
  • Subject Area: social studies
  • Description: Academy Award-winning documentary of the struggle between striking unionized coal miners and their employer. Emphasizes the right of workers to organize lobor unions and the violence resistance they encounter
  • Teacher’s Guide at

http://www.tolerance.org/kit/bullied-student-school-and-case-made-history

 

On the Waterfront

  • Director: Elia Kazan, 1954
  • Source: Available from Amazon
  • Time: 108 minutes
  • Grade Level: high school - adult
  • Subject Area: social studies
  • Description: Academy Award-winning film starring Marlon Brandon and Karl Maldon about organized crime's penetration of a longshoreman's union in New York during the 1950s. Several men break the community's code of silence to stand up to the gangsters and expose the murder of a friend. Provides an introduction to the right to form trade unions, the problems of corruption in unions, and the need for courageous individuals to stand up to corrupt union bosses.
  • Teacher’s Guide at

http://www.tolerance.org/kit/bullied-student-school-and-case-made-history

 

Uprooted: Refugees of the Global Economy
(2001)

  • Producer: National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Source: National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Price: $20; Clips available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8Dmyk1p1Yw
  • Time: 28 minutes.
  • Description: Stories of three immigrants (from Bolivia, Haiti and the Philippines) to the US and how global institutions and multi-national corporations erode people’s capacity to survive in their home countries.

 



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