MONEY AND WEALTH LESSON PLAN
Related Standards (McREL’s Standards Compendium):
- Historical Understanding Standard 1: Understands and knows how to analyze chronological relationships and patterns
- Historical Understanding Standard 1: Understands the historical perspective
Overview of Lesson:
1. Students learn to define an image and read the list of images of wealth from American history.
2. Students discuss these images using the questions below.
3. Students write a reflection.
Time Needed for Lesson: 1 class period
Image: the representation or embodiment of an idea, concept, time period, or object; the representation suggests certain feelings or impressions of the thing it embodies.
Questions for class discussion
- How do the images and references provided here suggest certain feelings or impressions?
- Do these images accurately represent the things they are describing or are they exaggerated in some cases?
- What images of money and wealth exist today? Possible answers: Bill Gates, shows like How to be Millionaire, the lottery, Paris Hilton, Queen Elizabeth, expensive vacations, expensive cars, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
- In what ways are these images helpful? Are they hurtful in any way?
Question for Writing and Reflection: How are images of wealth and money used in modern advertising to persuade people to buy products?
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