AD/AS Posters

ECON: Tue., 2/7 (C)

  1. Homework review, Ch. 17 homework
  2. Group work on AD/AS posters
  3. Group presentations of AD/AS posters

Homework due next class—Wed., 2/8 (A: SEHS)-Thu., 2/9 (B: SHS): Bring a news article about the macroeconomics of a specific country. Draw and explain an AD/AS diagram, Lorenz Curve and/or a business cycle diagram to illustrate developments described in the article. (10 pts.)

Possible keywords to search on:

  • Economic growth/expansion v. recession/contraction
  • Inflation or deflation
  • Unemployment or “labor market”
  • Bank of [name of country]
  • Interest rates
  • Gross Domestic Product
  • Consumer Price Index
  • Mention of “the economy”

Israel-Palestine Partition Plans

HIST: Tue., 2/7 (C: 10A & SEHS)-Wed., 2/8 (A: 10B)

  1. Debrief WWI document analysis—value and limitations?
  2. Introduction to partition activity
  3. Create partition plans with partners
  4. Present/discuss partition plans
  5. Examine/discuss actual maps (time allowing)

Homework due next class—Wed., 2/8 (A: 10A)-Thu., 2/9 (B: 10B & SEHS): Read pp. 3-10 in the reading packet, from “Part I: The Modern Middle East.” Complete green “Advanced Study Guide” handout (5 pts.).



Intro to Aggregate Demand

ECON: Thu., 2/2 (A: SEHS)-Mon., 2/6 (B: SHS)

  1. Review workpoint 16.6/Introduction to Aggregate Demand
  2. Introduction to Aggregate Supply curves
  3. Introduce AD/AS posters

Homework due next class—Tue., 2/7 (C): Read chapter 17 in textbook on aggregate supply. Draw three diagrams illustrating shifts each of the following:

  • The short run aggregate supply curve (SRAS)
  • The Keynesian long-run aggregate supply curve (LRAS)
  • The new-classical (a.k.a. neo-classical) long-run aggregate supply curve (LRAS)

In your words, explain the difference between what causes the short-run and long-run curves to shift. Then explain the differences and similarities between the Keynesian and new-classical LRAS curves. Why are they shaped the way they are? How do their different shapes reflect completing viewpoints of different economists?

The Taliban and the U.S. in Afghanistan

HIST: Fri., 2/2 (A: 10A)-Mon., 2/6 (B: 10B & SEHS)

  1. Finish “Rise of the Taliban” graphic organizers
  2. Discussion: Sharing connections in organizers
  3. Crash Course U.S. History #46 (about 4:30-11:30, 7 min. total)
    -Covers 9/11, war in Afghanistan, Iraq War, PATRIOT Act
  4. Lecture: Overview of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan
    -Overthrow of Taliban and reconstruction
    -Role of Pakistan: Support and refuge for Taliban
    -U.S. distracted by Iraq
    -Resurgent Taliban
    -Obama’s war: Increased troop levels and drones
    -Afghanistan today: Reduced foreign troops, corrupt government

From World Book Encyclopedia:
On Dec. 28, 2014, the United States held a ceremony in Kabul to mark the formal end of the war that had begun in 2001. However, thousands of American troops remained in the country in training and advisory roles. After 2014, renewed strength of the Taliban insurgency led the U.S. government to announce plans to keep troops stationed in Afghanistan beyond 2016.

From the CIA World Factbook:
Despite gains toward building a stable central government, the Taliban remains a serious challenge for the Afghan Government in almost every province. The Taliban still considers itself the rightful government of Afghanistan, and it remains a capable and confident insurgent force despite its last two spiritual leaders being killed; it continues to declare that it will pursue a peace deal with Kabul only after foreign military forces depart.

Homework due next class—Tue., 2/7 (C: 10A & SEHS)-Wed., 2/8(A: 10B): None.

The Business/Trade Cycle

ECON: Wed., 2/1 (C)

  1. Wrap up unemployment calculation
  2. Introduction to the business cycle
  3. Pin the tail on the business cycle
  4. Introduce aggregate demand
  5. Video on discouraged worker phenomenon (time allowing)

Homework due next class—Thu., 2/2 (A: SEHS)-Mon., 2/6 (B: SHS): Read chapter 16 in textbook on aggregate demand, complete student workpoint 16.6 on page 177 (5 pts.).

The Rise of the Taliban

HIST: Wed., 2/1 (C: 10A & SEHS)-Thu., 2/2 (A: 10B)

  1. Brief review of Afghan history up to Soviet withdrawal and civil war
  2. Read “The Rise of the Taliban” in packet, pp. 17-23
  3. Create a mind map, flow chart or some other sort of graphic organizer connecting the items below and explaining the connections:
    -Soviet withdrawal/civil war
    -Mohammed Omar
    -Pakistani government
    -Shari’a law
    -Osama bin Laden
    -al Qaeda
    -U.S.S. Cole
    -September 11, 2001 attacks
  1. Discussion: What factors led to the rise of the Taliban and al Qaeda?

Homework due next class—Fri., 2/2 (A: 10A)-Mon., 2/6 (B: 10B & SEHS): None.


ECON: Mon., 1/30 (A: SEHS)-Tue., 1/31 (B: SHS)

  1. Unemployment song
  2. Review kinds of unemployment
  3. Kinds of unemployment classification activity
  4. Class discussion

Homework due next class—Wed., 2/1 (C): None.

History of Afghanistan Presentations

HIST: Mon., 1/30 (A: 10A)-Tue., 1/31 (B: 10B & SEHS)

  1. Constitutional conflict overview
  2. Afghan history presentations
  3. Radio clip on Iranian film

Homework due next class—Wed., 2/1 (C: 10A & SEHS)-Thu., 2/2 (A: 10B): None.

Income Distribution Wrap-Up

ECON: Fri., 1/27 (C)

  1. Complete article analysis of GOP tax plan
  2. Mini-lecture: Pros and cons of sales tax
  3. Quiz on distribution of income
  4. Debrief quiz
  5. Start on homework (time allowing)

Homework due next class—Mon., 1/30 (A: SEHS)-Tue., 1/31 (B: SHS): Read Chapter 20. Complete notes on page 11 of the study guide. (5 pts.)

History of Afghanistan

HIST: Fri., 1/27 (C: 10A & SEHS)-Mon., 1/30 (A: 10B)

  1. Assign Jigsaw reading in Afghanistan packet
  2. Read assigned section
  3. Poster construction with group: Create appropriate visual and summarize main ideas

Reading assignments:

  1. pp. 2-5 (stop at “Brief History”)
  2. p. 5 (“Brief History”)-p. 8 (“How Did Afghanistan…20th Century?”)
  3. p. 8 (“How Did Afghanistan…20th Century?”)-p. 9 (“Cold War”)
  4. p. 9 (“Cold War in Afghanistan”)-p. 12
  5. pp. 13-14
  6. pp. 15-16 (“Why Did Soviet Forces Withdraw?”)
  7. p. 16 (“Why Did Soviet Forces Withdraw?”)-p. 17 (“Rise of the Taliban”)

Homework due next class—Mon., 1/30 (A: 10A)-Tue., 1/31 (B: 10B & SEHS): None.