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Officials Say $25 Billion Foreclosure Deal Will Help Heal Market LATIMES (Feb 9, 2012)

Counterfeiters copy cheaper brands LATIMES (Feb 9, 2012)
The ailing economy gives rise to knockoffs of labels found at Target instead of Macy's.

Eastern ports in a Panama scramble STATELINE (Feb 2, 2012)

A Goodwill deal: Pay by the pound PPH (Feb 18, 2012)

Produce Supplier Going Out Of Business PPH (Feb 18, 2012)

Yarmouth Council Weighs Public Works Bond FORECASTER (Feb 9, 2012)

Bonds Backed by Mortgages Regain Allure NYTIMES (Feb 18, 2012)

Casinos in Mass NYTIMES (Feb 25, 2012)

Class Blog
Healthcare Crisis
The Purpose Of Spectacular Wealth NYTIMES May, 2015
Apple's Taxes
WED, JUNE 13

FINAL EXAM 12:00

MON, JUNE 11
IN CLASS:
IOUSA/Freakenomics
32 Innovations that will change your tomorrow NYTIMES (June 1, 2012)
HOMEWORK:
THR, JUNE 7
IN CLASS:
Why We Fight
HOMEWORK:
Create an assignment for next year's class. How can they get to the heart of the message? Spend 45 minutes on it.
TUE, JUNE 5
IN CLASS:
Who Killed The Electric Car?
HOMEWORK:
Create a BLOG post that answers the question- Who Killed the Electric Car?
Bottom line- Who do you think is MOST responsible for killing the electric car? Explain.
Here is another resource: Who Killed The Electric Car?
FRI, JUNE 1
IN CLASS:
Last Day of Classes For Seniors
Legacy of Steve Jobs FORTUNE (6:10 min)
Steve Job's Commencement Speech- Stanford University 2005 (15:05) "Love What you do."
Go and Make a Blog Post-
1. Legacy Of Steve Jobs
2. What was Steve Job's message to you in his graduation speech?
HOMEWORK:
Part 3: Investment Vocabulary
WED, MAY 30
IN CLASS:
Asset Allocation
Make Pie Chart

Asset Allocation and how to create a well-balanced portfolio. As a class we will examine stock indexes and different theories on how to create a well-balanced portfolio.
What is a Mutual Fund? WSJ
HOMEWORK:
Complete Part 1: Trade Log of investments and start Part 2: Asset Allocation in your Investment Portfolio.

MEMORIAL DAY

FRI, MAY 25
IN CLASS:

HOMEWORK:
Balance your portfolio and document your decisions in your Investment Notebook. Please refer to content covered in class about how to balance your portfolio and how to select different classes of stocks and/or investments. Be sure to look-up and write definitions for any terms you do not understand so we can develop our investment vocabulary. For instance- what is the difference between a bond and a stock? What is market capitalization?
WED, MAY 23
IN CLASS:

What is Stock?
Facebook's IPO Raises Regulatory Concerns NYTIMES (May 22, 2012)

Today we start our Stock Market Simulation.You will start with $1 million. The purpose of your portfolio is to create a well-balanced and thoughtful portfolio that will meet your own personal investment objective. Your Investment Notebook is due Friday, June 1st at start of class. Join our Group
YHS Econ Semester 2 2013.
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http://www.smartstocks.com/

New York Times
Wall Street Journal
HOMEWORK:
Invest All $1 million Dollars into the Stock Market. "Do not put all of your eggs in one basket." Try to put your investments into a variety of different companies from different sectors of the economy. Do research and think about why you want to invest money into a company.
MON, MAY 21
YEP PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
Lynn Hynes
Art Bell
THR, MAY 17
IN CLASS:
Finalize Project
HOMEWORK:
TUE, MAY 15
IN CLASS:
Visit to Class By Business Consultants
Greg Leonard
Art Bell
Start Key Note
HOMEWORK:
FRI, MAY 11
IN CLASS:
Mr. Pearl away- Museum Of Fine Arts Boston.
Start Website/Social Media plan
HOMEWORK:
WED, MAY 9
IN CLASS:
Refine Financial Plan for your business
HOMEWORK:
MON, MAY 7
IN CLASS:
Start Financial Plan for your Business
HOMEWORK:
THR, MAY 3
IN CLASS:
Complete Survey
HOMEWORK:
TUE, May 1
IN CLASS:
Today you should start constructing your survey. This survey will help determine the direction of your business.
Continue working on all phase of project.
1. Make sure each Section has a proper title
2. Be sure to write your name on the section you are working on.
3. You can write using bullets but make sure you start to CATEGORIZE and SORT information
[Hint] It is a great idea to write Questions to focus your thinking.
HOMEWORK:
1 hour of work on Project by next class documented in Google Docs
FRI, APR 27
IN CLASS:
Start work on all phase of project.
1. Make sure each Section has a proper title
2. Be sure to write your name on the section you are working on.
3. You can write using bullets but make sure you start to CATEGORIZE and SORT information
[Hint] It is a great idea to write Questions to focus your thinking.
HOMEWORK:
1 hour of work on Project by next class documented in Google Docs
WED, APR 25
In Class:
Groups convene to create a Macro project outline and Macro time-line for the project. Please share the document with me.
Title- ProjectName.econ
HOMEWORK:
Individual students identify a project to complete and a time-line with benchmarks to make to complete the project. Please share the document with me. Title- Lastname.Project.econ
MON, APR 23
IN CLASS:
Write a Blog Post: Does Europe Hate Us?
What is the Thesis of The Story?
What are 3 most interesting facts presented by Thomas Friedman?
What is the point of view of Thomas Friedman?
Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Brainstorm a business Plan for YEP
Introduce YEP



How to Write A Business Plan.

HOMEWORK:
Come up with 3 ideas for a business and start Mission Statement, Goals, and elevator speech.

APRIL VACATION

WED, APR 11
IN CLASS:
Guest Speaker: Mark Primeau- Clam Festival Director.
Hand in Written and Present Proposals for Clam Festival Food Court.
Review Macro-look at the Clam Festival
HOMEWORK:
Write a Blog Post on:
Clam Festival
1. List and describe 5 important and interesting things you learned about the Clam Festival. Why did you find them interesting? How did they make you look at the Clam Festival or life differently?
MON, APR 9
IN CLASS:
Present Proposals for Clam Festival Food Court (rough draft)
Everything Is Amazing & Nobody's Happy
Giving Away a Fortune- Bill Gates

Write a Blog Post on:
Giving Away A Fortune:
1. Bill and Melinda Gates' vision.
2. What kind of people do they seem to you?
3. Why have they selected to give the way they have?
HOMEWORK:
Hand in final proposal for Clam Festival Food Court.
THR, APR 5
IN CLASS:
Guest Speaker: Mark Primeau- Clam Festival Director.
HOMEWORK:
What is the current model the clam festival uses?
What do you think could be a better model? Why?
TUE, APR 3
IN CLASS:
Finish Sicko
Healthcare Crisis
HOMEWORK:
none
FRI, MAR 30
IN CLASS:
Healthcare Crisis
Sicko by Michael Moore

HOMEWORK:
Blog post using this assignment.

WED, MAR 28
IN CLASS:
Health Insurance Exchange Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(1:05)
New Rules For Health Insurance Exchanges Global Medical News (2:36)
Health Insurance Exchanges 101 CSM (March 20, 2010)
Mississippi Builds Insurance Exchange Even as it Fights Health Law NPR (March 15, 2012) (3:53)
Why Doctors Struggle to Make Ends Meet WSJ (March 15, 2012)

HOMEWORK:
Create a cartoon using Comic Life that explains how insurance exchanges work. Make sure you include at least 5 pieces of content. Print in color prior to next class. Please turn in Dollar Store project by Friday.
1. Problem the Healthcare Exchanges are trying to solve.
2. Solution offered by Healthcare Exchanges
3. Pros of Healthcare Exchanges
4. Cons of Healthcare Exchanges
MON, MAR 26
IN CLASS:
Seminar- Naked Economics- Chapter 1- The Power of Markets- Who feeds Paris?
HOMEWORK:
THR, MAR 22
IN CLASS:
Juniors are Away on CEP
HOMEWORK:
Read Naked Economics- Chapter 1- The Power of Markets- Who feeds Paris?
Be prepared for a graded discussion next class.
TUE, MAR 20
IN CLASS:
Parking in San FranciscoNYTIMES March 15, 2012
SF Parking (2:50)
HOMEWORK:
Dollar Store Economy NYTIMES (AUG 18, 2011)

Please type your answers to the questions.
Please complete the Dollar Store project by Monday.

LONG WEEKEND

THR, MAR 15
IN CLASS:
The Card Game FRONTLINE

HOMEWORK:
TUE, MAR 13
IN CLASS:
Lecture- Supply
Bad Food. Tax it, and Subsidize Vegetables. (Op-Ed. NYTIMES. July 23, 2011)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/24bittman.html

HOMEWORK:
Go to the class Blog and construct a new post with the title: Bad Food. Tax it, and Subsidize Vegetables.
Using the article and the interactive graphs- write well thought-out answers to the following two questions:
1. What is the fundamental economic reasoning behind the author's argument? (use economic terms from chapter 1 & 2)
2. What is the most compelling data the author uses?
3. What do you think about the author's idea?
4. Can you think of any unintended consequences?
5. Please find a political cartoon that relates to this issue.
FRI, MAR 9
IN CLASS:
Lecture- Demand
Should We Legalize Trade of Ivory to Save Animals? DISCOVERYNEWS (March 2, 2012)

Current Inflation Rate
US Department of Labor Inflation Calculator
What is Inflation? INVESTOPEDIA (1:09min)


Barry Shwartz- The Paradox of Choice TEDTALKS (19:41)
Go to your Blog and compose a post with the title "The Paradox of Choice." Answer the following questions:

1. Describe Barry Shwartz's Thesis Statement (you can also list a few of his best maxims)
2. Provide 3 of the strongest or most tantalizing examples he uses to support his main point
3. Do you agree with him? Do you disagree with something he said? Why?

HOMEWORK:
Read the rest of Chapter 2- Supply & Interaction of Supply and Demand (p.48-66) and take notes using the reading guide below.

WED, MAR 7
IN CLASS:
Test- Chapter 1
HOMEWORK:
Read Chapter 2- Demand (pg. 41-48) and take notes using the reading guide below.

MON, MAR 5
IN CLASS:
Podcast- Reading, Rockets, and 'Rithmetic- from Freakonomics Radio
Review For Test

HOMEWORK:
Study for Test
THR,
MAR 1
NO CLASS- SNOW DAY!
TUE, FEB 28
IN CLASS:
Facebook's IPO
Investopedia- IPO
Explain it to me IPO CNN Feb 2, 2012
Face Book's Stock Offer NYTIMES (FEB 1, 2012)
From Netscape to Facebook NYTIMES Graphic
Face Book's IPO Herald Sun (FEB 3, 2012)
Facebook Files for IPO NPR (Feb 1, 2012)
How Does Facebook Generate Ad Revenue? NPR (Feb 1, 2012)
Times Topics- Facebook NYTIMES

HOMEWORK:
Loose-end research from Naked Economics- Chapter 2: Incentives Matter. Post your research on the Blog with the Title: Naked Economics: Incentives Matter. Research a loose-end from our discussion during the seminar- hunt it down and "kill" it. Please provide specific evidence. Provide links to your resources and include a relevant image, graph, cartoon. Remember- this is formal writing so please write using proper grammar. Target- 150+ words.


FEBRUARY VACATION

FRI, FEB 17
IN CLASS:
Seminar: Naked Economics- Chapter 2

HOMEWORK:
None
WED, FEB 15
IN CLASS:
Cuts, Tax Hikes & Politics AP (Feb 14, 2012)
Impact in Maine: Heating Aid Loses, BIW Gains PPH (Feb 16, 2012)

Obama's Budget Proposal NYTIMES (Feb 13, 2012)

HOMEWORK:
Read Naked Economics- Chapter 2: Incentives Matter (Due Friday for an in-class Socratic Seminar)

MON, FEB 13
IN CLASS:
Lecture: CH1- Part 2

Where Does the Money Go? US Department of Labor (April 2009)

Opportunity Costs- College
Tough Times For Graduates - Newsweek (May 29, 2011)
For Graduates, A Shrinking Payoff- NYTIMES (Aug 31, 2011)

Public Education
Districts win, lose pieces of aid pie - PPH (Feb 6, 2012)
Education Gap Grows NYTIMES (Feb 9, 2012)

HOMEWORK:
Go to the class Blog and construct a new post with the title: What about College? Using all of the resources we have examined in class and the website What will College Run You? (CNN, 2010) write well thought-out answers to the following questions:
1. Explain the challenges being faced by college graduates. Use statistics and examples (cite your work)
2. Look up the costs of 3 different colleges you are considering attending.
3. Consider the degree you are going to pursue and the job you would like to get someday. How much will you make the first year? How much do you expect to make on average in the next 10 years?
4. Using the concept of opportunity cost, describe which college makes the most economic sense and why.
If you do not plan on attending college- look up the potential income for the job you plan to get. How much do you expect to make on average in the next 10 years?
- Using the concept of opportunity cost, describe how your decision makes economic sense and why.
THR, FEB 9
IN CLASS:
Scarcity- Gold Rush & Mr Pearl's Hermes Scarf - Newsweek (April 17, 2011)
Review Text 3-12

Maine Care
Maine Parties at odds over funding DHHS PPH (Feb 8, 2012)
Deal to reduce shortfall brings priase, attacks PPH (Feb 9, 2012)
Lepage Threatens Budget Veto MPBN MPBN (Feb 6, 2012)


HOMEWORK:
Read Text 12-24 and please try to understand the following economic concepts.
Construct an example for each (please do not use the same example as the text book.)

TUE, FEB 7
IN CLASS:
Lecture- Economic Way of Thinking
Yarmouth School Budget
Town to vote on new garage, athletic field -PPH (Sept 19, 201)
Population Reference Bureau

Students Think-Pair-Share their economic topics.
Students keep a log of economic issues and key vocabulary terms.

HOMEWORK:
Students post an editorial cartoon on their Blog that had to do with an issue discussed in class. Write a brief summary of the economic issue and the point of view of the author. Find a cartoon with the opposite point of view or a different angle on the same issue and do the same. Here is a website to try- http://www.cagle.com/
FRI, FEB 3
IN CLASS:
Please hand-out Economics Text Books. Write your names in the front covers of the text books in case they get lost. Please complete the assignment below. Please be thoughtful with your examples.

Read Text 3-12


HOMEWORK:
none. (make sure you have completed your two blog posts Hard Times Generation and Spent by end of class Friday. I am going to assess them over the weekend)
WED, FEB 1
IN CLASS:
Go into this simulation http://playspent.org/ and "accept the challenge" and "find a job." Please spend 30 minutes carefully going through the simulation. Please make decisions that you think you would make if this was real. Please pay attention while you go through this simulation and write down 10 things you learned about the struggles facing a working poor family in America. When you are done with the simulation:

Go to your Blog and compose a post with the title "Spent." Answer the following questions:

1. What are 10 key insights you gained from this experience?
2. What was the most difficult decision you had to make? Why?
3. How did the simulation make you feel? Please explain.

Please remember that Blog posts are formal writing. Please edit your work and provide accurate and specific information as well as proper spelling and grammar. Please cite your work and provide insightful graphs, images, and/or cartoons. All images must have citations and captions.

HOMEWORK:
Please go to the internet and locate a story with pertinent data that supplements the story you selected last class. Be sure to book mark the article in case I ask you to share it with me next class. Using the two stories (and more if you desire) type notes on the following.
1. Summarize the issue and describe the underlying economic issue
2. Identify the different constituencies involved and describe as best you can their agenda/point of view
3. Identify and summarize two "loose ends" that you examined as part of your analysis
4. Economic Vocabulary- please define any economic vocabulary terms you used or learned when completing your analysis
MON,JAN 30
IN CLASS:
Here is the Syllabus:


Florida Primary
Florida Primary & Economy NYTIMES (Jan 30, 2012)
Watch the following short video and think about the thesis of the production.
What are the three most compelling facts in the video?
Identify the connection to our study of economics.
Hard Times Generation- Homeless Children

HOMEWORK:
Jig-Saw Economic Readings: Students will read about a recent economic story.
1. Summarize the issue 2. Identify the major constituencies involved 3. Describe how it gives us
insight into our "economic way of thinking" 4. look-up a few "loose ends" or questions you have from the reading.

Current Events
Cut The Defense Budget NYTIMES (Jan 26, 2012)
Super Pac For Gingrich to get $5 million Infusion NYTIMES (Jan 23, 2012)
Romney Tax Return NYTIMES (Jan 24, 2012) & The Candidates Tax Returns NYTIMES (Jan 24, 2012)
Rates to stay Near Zero Fed Says NYTIMES (Jan 25, 2012)
Cruise Industry Weighs Effect of Ship Accident NYTIMES (Jan 17, 2012)
State of the State- Lepage PPH (Jan 25, 2012)
Hostess Bankruptcy HUFFINGTON (Jan 11, 2012) & WSJ
Con Artist & Google WSJ (Jan 25, 2012)
Target to Partner with Specialty Shops SYRACUSE.COM (Jan 12, 2012) & USA Today
Human Costs on i-pads in China NYTIMEs (Jan 25, 2012)
Keen- Shoe Company Practices In-Sourcing For the Sole NPR (Jan 27, 2012) & Oregon Live.com

State Of The Union Address
President Obama's State of The Union Address NYTIMES Jan 25, 2012
President Obama's State of the Union Address
Choice Words NYTIMES Jan 25, 2012