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					            Michigan Department of Education
            Technology-Enhanced Lesson Plan 2007

Lesson Title: Economic Indicators During Major Events Affecting National Security
Created by: Pam Shoemaker
Lesson Abstract: Students will draw connections between economic health and
the uncertainty caused by an events viewed as a crises of national security. The
guiding question is “How do events viewed as crises of national security affect the
price of stocks?” Students research historical stock quotes to discover possible
trends and patterns.
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 9
Unit Title: Economics

Michigan Educational Technology Standards Connection:
    3.b.1: Students identify technology tools (e.g., authoring tools or other
     hardware and software resources) that could be used to create a group
     project.
    6.b.1: Students formulate a research question or hypothesis, then use
     appropriate information and communication technology resources to collect
     relevant information, analyze the findings, and report the results to multiple
     audiences.

Michigan High School Content Expectations Connection:
    1.3.1: Describe the use of economic indicators and assess their accuracy.
    2.1.3: Develop generalizations pertaining to a specific social science topic by
     interpreting information from a variety of sources.

Estimated time required to complete lesson or unit: 3 class periods

Instructional resources: http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/


Prior required technology skills: basic web navigation skills


Sequence of Activities:
   1. Provide the guiding question to students: “How do events viewed as crises
      of national security affect the price of stocks?”

   2.   Divide the students into groups. Explain that students in each group will be
        researching a major event in recent American history that was viewed as a
        crisis of national security. Assign events or allow students to choose.
        Examples include:



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            2003 Invasion of Iraq (Mar 20, 2003)

            Terrorist attacks of September 11 (Sep 11, 2001)

            Oklahoma City Bombing (Apr 19, 1995)

            The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait (Aug 2, 1990)

            The Invasion of Grenada (Oct 25, 1983)

            The Shooting of President Reagan (Mar 30, 1981)

            The Iran Hostage Crisis (Nov 4, 1979)

   3.       Students use the historical stock quotes from Big Charts,
            http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/, to complete the chart found
            on the attached student handout.

   4.       Students create a poster or multi-media presentation based on the criteria
            on the attached student handout. (*UDL Offer flexible opportunities for
            demonstrating skill.)


Assessments:
   Pre-Assessment: Informal discussion and Class KWL. “How do events
     viewed as crises of national security affect the price of stocks?”
        o Scoring Criteria: 5 points for participation.
   Post-Assessment: Performance assessment – poster or multi-media
     project
        o Scoring Criteria: See rubric

Technology (hardware/software): computers with Internet access.

Key Vocabulary: Speculation, analysis, economic indicators, factors of production,
goods, competition

Differentiation: If time and interest allows, students could research the aftermath
in the oil fields following the 1990 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq War. Why did
retreating Iraqi soldiers set oil wells on fire? How were the fires extinguished?
What technology is currently available to limit the destruction of Iraqi oil fields in
times of war?

Application Beyond School: Students will develop knowledge about investing in
the stock market.

UDL Connections (insert in sections where applicable)

Teacher Reflection and Notes: Students should find that the stock market
fluctuates based on political events, but that the stock market is stable over time.




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                                         Name: ____________________
                      Other team members: ____________________


How do events viewed as crises of national security
           affect the price of stocks?

Put an X next to your group’s event

         2003 Invasion of Iraq (Mar 20, 2003)

         Terrorist attacks of September 11 (Sep 11, 2001)

         Oklahoma City Bombing (Apr 19, 1995)

         The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait (Aug 2, 1990)

         The Invasion of Grenada (Oct 25, 1983)

         The Shooting of President Reagan (Mar 30, 1981)

         The Iran Hostage Crisis (Nov 4, 1979)


Use the historical stock quotes from BigCharts web site –
http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/ to show
fluctuations in stock prices around the time of your event
for the following companies:
      The Coca-Cola Co (KO)

      Boeing Company (BA)

      International Business Machine (IBM)

      McDonald’s Corp. (MCD)

      Wal-Mart (WMT)

      General Motors (GM)

      Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM)




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Your group’s poster or multi-media project should include the answers to the
following questions:

   1.   What is the event of your group’s focus?

   2.   Why was this event considered a national security crisis? Summarize the
        event in no more than five sentences.

   3.   What was the closing price of each company’s stock on this date? (If the
        date of this event falls on a day when trading did not occur, choose the next
        day available following the event.)

   4.   Was there a significant change of each company’s stock price two months
        before this event?

   5.   Was there a significant change of each company’s stock price two months
        after this event?

   6.   How did the stock change over the decade (five years before and five years
        after?) Use the “Advanced” button on the BigCharts website and enter the
        dates in the Custom time frame area.




   7.   Does your group think, based on your research, that this event had an
        effect on the price of stocks? Why or why not? Why were some companies
        affected differently than others?




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Event:

           KO       BA          IBM         MCD           WMT       GM      XOM
Closing   Coca-    Boeing   International McDonalds       Wal-    General   Exxon
Price     Cola                Business                    Mart    Motors    Mobile
                              Machine                                        Corp

two
months
prior


on the
Date of
Event:


Two
months
after


Five
years
before


Five
years
after




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                              Economic Indicators During Events Affecting National Security
                                                       Group Poster or Multi-Media Presentation


  Student Names:      ________________________________________

   CATEGORY           4                                  3                               2                                 1                                 Score
Use of Class Time     Used time well during each         Used time well during each      Used some of the time well        Did not use class time to focus
                      class period. Focused on           class period. Usually focused   during each class period.         on the project OR often
                      getting the project done.          on getting the project done     There was some focus on           distracted others.
                      Never distracted others.           and never distracted others.    getting the project done but
                                                                                         occasionally distracted others.
Knowledge Gained      Student can accurately             Student can accurately          Student can accurately            Student appears to have
                      answer all questions related to    answer most questions related   answer about 75% of               insufficient knowledge about
                      facts in the project and           to facts in the project and     questions related to facts in     the facts or processes used in
                      processes used to create the       processes used to create the    the project and processes         the project.
                      project.                           poster.                         used to create the poster.
Attractiveness        The projectr is exceptionally      The project is attractive in    The project is acceptably         The project is distractingly
                      attractive in terms of design,     terms of design, layout and     attractive though it may be a     messy or very poorly
                      layout, and neatness.              neatness.                       bit messy.                        designed. It is not attractive.
Summary of Event      The event is summarized            The event is summarized with    The event is summarized with      The event is summarized with
                      creatively with no more than       no more than five bullets or    no more than five bullets or      random details.
                      five bullets or sentences,         sentences, concisely and        sentences, with accuracy.
                      concisely and accurately.          accurately.
Identification of     All seven companies closing        Six companies closing stock     Five companies closing stock      Four or less of the companies
opening and closing   stock prices displayed.            prices displayed.               prices displayed.                 closing stock prices displayed.
stock prices on the
day of the event.
Trends over the       Trends of all of the companies     Trends of six of the            Trends of five of the             Trends of four or less of the
decade                have been discussed                companies have been             companies have been               companies have been
                      accurately.                        discussed accurately.           discussed accurately.             discussed accurately.

Analysis              A thoughtful and well-             An analysis is presented,       An analysis is presented,         No analysis was done.
                      prepared analysis, based           but not all of the research     but it does not make
                      on research, is presented          was used to draw                sense.
                      on how the event effected          conclusions.
                      the price of stocks.
                                                                                                                           Total:




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