Setup: Have students put tables into 6 pods of 2 tables each (4 students per pod). Students may sit wherever they wish. When possible, have 4 students per pod (so, in the morning class, you may have only 5 groups of 4).
Questions of the Day:
Framing: Hey guys, I am sick, and staying home to sleep and attempt to not infect the rest of you. Today is our first day for the federal budget, and will really establish some key knowledge that you will need to have. Please have the focus and independence that you would have if I were there (maybe even more!). We only have a week to learn this complex issue, so it’s important that you not waste today!
Starter 34 (20-30 min)
1. Put the following things in order of priority, from most important to least important. At the top of your list should go things that you think should receive the most government money, at the bottom the things that should receive the least.
3. Pair/share with the person next to you your answer for question 2.
4. NOW…go to https://www.nationalpriorities.org/analysis/2015/presidents-2016-budget-in-pictures/ , and compare your priorities with those proposed by the president in the first graph. Where are you most different? Where are you the same? What stands out to you here?
5. TEACHER: Clarify the fact that in this budget, social security are mandatory- the president cannot cut spending on those programs.
6. Share out popcorn style.
Handout: Federal Budget Key Terms and Concepts (15-20 min)
Movie: Ten Trillion and Counting
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