Questions of the Day:
Framing: Okay, now we’re digging deeper. Today we’re going to look at some of the main areas of the federal budget that make solving our debt problem difficult, and then you’re going to attempt to make the hard choices necessary to solve the issue. Take careful notes today, especially during the simulation—these could very well be things that end up in your legislation!
Starter 35: Everything You Need to Know About the Fiscal Cliff (NOTE: This video is from a few years ago. Some of the specific stuff may be a bit outdated, but the 5 elements are still the same, the basic percentages are very similar, and many of the perspectives are still relevant today).
As we watch, jot down responses to the following questions for discussion:
10 Trillion Questions Jigsaw
Expert groups: First, get in a group with the other student(s) assigned your two film questions. Make sure that you are all clear. If you need to do any additional research or rewatch the film section, now is your chance! Make sure you’re ready to teach it.
Get in a group with other students. You should have questions1-10 represented in your group.
Challenge: Balance the Budget
A pen and paper. Note-taking is strongly encouraged, and you may need to backtrack. Things to potentially take notes on…You have two simulations for this… http://crfb.org/stabilizethedebt/ AND http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/13/weekinreview/deficits-graphic.html?_r=0. Do the crfb one first, then, if you have time, check out the NYT.
Finish Budget Simulation. Take detailed notes, and be ready to write about it for your starter tomorrow!
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