Identifying Economic Concepts

in Literature


Objectives:

Materials Needed: A copy of the book Annie and the Old One will be needed. Four large sheets of paper, that contain descriptive words or statements, describing Annie's actions when the Old One was weaving her last rug. These can be computer generated or written on the paper ahead of time.

Procedures:

1. Introduce the book Annie and the Old One. Discuss a little about the area where the book takes place and the time period. Ask students to pay particular attention to the economic concepts in the book such as trade and exchange. Read the book to the students.

2. Corners Strategy. Hang up four statements, one in each corner of the room, that contain descriptive words or statements, describing Annie's actions when the Old One was weaving her last rug (a few possibilities are included in the appendix). Call the students attention to the statements in the corners. Ask students to think about the statements and decide which statement they agree with most. Have them go to that corner. In pairs have students explain their reasoning and ideas. Have them share their ideas with others in their group. Ask a student from each corner to share his/her ideas and reasoning with the rest of the class. Does anyone change their views? What caused them to revise their answer?

3. Response Journal. Have students record in their journals the ideas and opinions they had about Annie. Ask them to also relate at least one economic concept that they noticed in the book.

Evaluation: The evaluation of this lesson will first take place when students "go to the corner" labeled with the word they agree with. Also listen as students verbally express their opinions and ideas about the label they have chosen for Annie. Read students response journals to check that each student has identified at least one economic concept from the book.

Appendix

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