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Books for High School Economics Classes

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Economics for Educators, Revised Edition

A word from the author, Robert Hodgin:

I wrote this short primer to help K-12 educators prepare to properly teach economic ideas to their students.Economics provides a useful way of thinking about how the world works and its main themes deserve a rightful place in each student’s mindset. The main themes—efficiency, trade-offs and opportunity cost—echo throughout the eighteen Microeconomic and Macroeconomic lessons.

Written in plain language, each lesson orients the busy educator on the meaning and application of core economic terms, concepts and tools. Other economic concepts then can be directly integrated with the more fundamental ones presented. It is my hope that the work enhances teacher knowledge and confidence, and then gets multiplied by the number of students they enlighten on this useful subject.

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Building an Economy: The Texas Experience

Lessons included:

1. Understanding the Free Enterprise System
2. Texas Native American Groups: Economic Patterns
3. European Exploration of Texas: Economic Motivation
4. Early German Immigration to Texas: Economic Patterns
5. Anglo-American Colonization in Texas: Economic Motivation
6. Scarcity and Invention: Barbed Wire comes to Texas
7. Transportation in Texas: The Role of the Railroad
8. From Windmills to Wind Farms: Harnessing the Texas Wind
9. Cotton Industry in Texas
10. Boom towns: A Result of Oil Discovery
1 1. Food and Fiber – Making a Living in Texas through Agribusiness
12. Flying High: Aeronautics and Aerospace Industries of Texas
13. Technology in the 21st Century and the Texas Economy
14. Imports and Exports: Texas and the World

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Texas Eras & Individuals – Through the Economic Looking Glass

The objective of Texas Economics- Eras and Individuals is to provide supplemental materials that can be used to support an already established curriculum in language arts and social studies. These lessons are designed to be used independently of each other and can fit into the existing scope and sequence, as appropriate.  These lessons are designed to meet the objectives of economic educators while at the same time preparing students for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exam. Instead of assuming a competition for the time to integrate economics into the classroom, this publication recognizes the ability of using economics to teach mandated curriculum.

The lessons in this publication are designed for teachers who might not have a basis in economic training. As a result, these lessons contain detailed procedures, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions for the teacher. Each lesson also has extension activities, allowing for individualized assignments. Texas Economics - Eras and Individuals will increase a teacher's confidence in teaching economic concepts and will provide meaningful examples and activities for the students. With subjects including the cattle drives, king cotton, rail expansion, oil and boomtowns, the great depression and dust bowl, urbanization, and current day tourism, economics is brought to life for the students.

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Texas Economics — Math & Personal Finance

In an effort to integrate the existing T.E.K.S. of Language Arts and Math into a program of Personal Finance, the Texas Council on Economic Education has developed this series of lesson plans for teachers.

These lessons are designed to meet the economics strand of the T.E.K.S. while allowing teachers to maintain their existing scope and sequence.


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