The following lessons are from The
New York Times Learning Network.
the New York Times lesson plan “Trading
Off: Examining Multiple Perspectives on the Effects of NAFTA
on Mexico and the United States” students assume varying “personas” — ranging
from a Mexican corn farmer to the owner of an American feed company — to
analyze how NAFTA has affected different sectors of society.
The article “In
Corn’s Cradle, U.S. Imports Bury Family Farms” is
the Big Stuff: A Lesson About Labor Conditions Around the World” students
read the article “Labor
Standards Clash With Global Reality” and investigate
the labor practices of a variety of corporations.
by Different Rules: Examining American Imperialism Abroad” has
students analyze U.S. actions abroad by looking at the specific
example of power plants being built in Mexicali to serve California
consumers. Students read the article “U.S.
Will Get Power, and Pollution, From Mexico.”
Trade-Offs: Exploring the Effects of World Trade on Your City” students
Speech vs. Free Trade,” an article about the “Battle
for Seattle,” to gain background on some of the arguments
against globalization. They then investigate how globalization
has affected labor, agriculture, human rights and the environment
in their area.
following lessons are from Online
High School Economics Lessons created by James Madison University.
Nations Trade” uses the concept of comparative advantage
to explain why nations trade.
the lesson “What
Are the Economic Functions of Government” students
explore how government functions to regulate economic activity.
Trade” explains the different types of restrictions
governments can place on trade, including tariffs, quotas,
embargoes, licenses, standards and subsidies.
Can Big Business Make Money From Tariffs” describes
how businesses can lobby governments to maintain protective
tariffs, thereby passing on a “hidden tax” to consumers.