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1. Banking on a Good Turn: Examining Key World Economies and Comparing their Current Volatility (internal link)
Abstract: In this lesson, students review key economic terms and ideas necessary for understanding world economies. They then research the economies of countries in the Group of 8 and present how their economies have changed over the past five years and how the relationships among these countries affect each other in light of world events. Finally, they individually reflect on how the war with Iraq has impacted the economy of one of the Group of 8 members.
Resource Type: Curriculum

2. Foreign Exchange: Investigating the Economy of Foreign Nations (internal link)
Abstract: In this lesson, students share ideas about the values of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. They then research the economy of a foreign country and prepare an appropriate budget for one month study abroad. They synthesize their learning by reflecting on what life would be like if they were to live on $100 a week in a foreign country.
Resource Type: Curriculum

3. FREE TRADE SLAVES (external link)
Abstract: This film discusses free trade zones and the problems they have wrought in human terms. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka, El Salvador, Mexico, and Morocco, it exposes companies that pay little in taxes; exploit cheap labor, especially women; and reap significant profits by selling the products at high prices in other parts of the world.
Resource Type: Film

4. Graph of HIV Rates vs. Income, Worldwide (by Country) (internal link)
Abstract: A Scatterplot graph comparing HIV prevalance rates and Gross National Income (per capita) for over 100 countries around the world.
Resource Type: Map

5. Life and Debt (external link)
Abstract: Utilizing excerpts from the award-winning non-fiction text "A Small Place" by Jamaica Kincaid, Life & Debt is a woven tapestry of sequences focusing on the stories of individual Jamaicans whose strategies for survival and parameters of day-to-day existence are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. By combining traditional documentary telling with a stylized narrative framework, the complexity of international lending, structural adjustment policies and free trade will be understood in the context of the day-to-day realities of the people whose lives they impact.
Resource Type: Film

6. Migration Information Source (external link)
Abstract: This very informative website contains a wealth of information about migrants, immigration, and populations of countries around the world. It includes a global data center, maps, publications and reports, and much much more.
Resource Type: Website

7. National Geographic Map Machine - Online Interactive Maps (external link)
Abstract: A user-friendly website that allows users to quickly create maps by either geographic region or social, political, or economic topic.
Resource Type: Website

8. Rethinking Globalization (external link)
Abstract: This comprehensive 402-page book from Rethinking Schools helps teachers raise critical issues with students in grades 4 - 12 about the increasing globalization of the world's economies and infrastructures, and the many different impacts this trend has on our planet and those who live here
Resource Type: Book

9. Sweatshop & Globalization Films (external link)
Abstract: A list of documentary films about sweatshops, globalization, child/slave labor, and other related topics
Resource Type: Film, Website

10. The Cost of War in Iraq: How Does it Affect My Community? (internal link)
Abstract: This series of lessons has students look at the cost of the War in Iraq and has them look at how this has had a financial impact on them and their communities. Students also come up with alternative models for the money spent on the war that would positively affect their communities.
Resource Type: Curriculum

11. The Field Guide to the Global Economy (external link)
Abstract: An eye-opening, at-a-glance guide to the myths and realities of the international economy. Highly illustrated with charts, graphs, and political cartoons, The Field Guide to the Global Economy makes the international economy comprehensible for everyone and reveals the harmful effects of corporate-driven globalization.
Resource Type: Book

12. The Human Development Index (external link)
Abstract: Published by the United Nations, this country-by-country index compares many factos including life expectancy, literacy, GDP, education, poverty, and much more.
Resource Type: Data

13. The Water Atlast: A Unique Visual Analysis of the World's Most Critical Resource (external link)
Abstract: With a range of maps of startling clarity and richness of detail, The Water Atlas brings together the latest findings to show water distribution worldwide, the real cost of use in water-rich countries, and the dangers of a future where privatization and profit dictate availability.
Resource Type: Book

14. Union for Radical Political Economics (external link)
Abstract: The URPE website contains information about the organization, as well as an extensive collection of tools for economic justice advocates including papers, fact sheets, a newsletter, journal archives, links, and more.
Resource Type: Website

15. US-Europe Discord Rocks the Shared Economic Boat (internal link)
Abstract: This article explores the financial relationship between the US and Europe in terms of international trade with one another, as well as their economic relations with other countries. The article also discusses how US policy has changed based on other nations' response to the Iraq War.
Resource Type: Article

16. World Health Organization - Global Health Atlas (external link)
Abstract: Use this website to obtain an enormous amount of health data (diseases, malnutrition, etc) about any country in the world in both present day and ranging back many years. This site also contains reports and interactive maps about global health issues.
Resource Type: Website

17. Zoned for Slavery (external link)
Abstract: Meet the children who work in the sweatshops of Central America. See the armed guards at the factory's gate. Talk to them about the deplorable conditions: low wages, forced birth control, work quotas, long hours and compulsory overtime, denial of education.
Resource Type: Film

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K. Wayne Yang
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East Oakland Community High School