Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, but has long been celebrated in a more secular manner as well.



Thank You Parents

Thank you parents


Econ and Gov: Parent Teacher Conferences

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Econ and HGov: Parent Teacher Conference



Econ and HGov: 12-week Progress Report



HGov: Bureaucratic Accountability

Bureaucratic Accountability

The major checks on the bureaucracy occur through the president, Congress, and the courts. The president has some power to reorganize the bureaucracy and the authority to appoint the political head of each agency. The president also has management tools, such as the executive budget, that can be used to limit administrators’ discretion. Congress has influence on bureaucratic agencies through its authorization and funding powers and through various devices including enabling provisions, sunset provisions, and oversight hearings that can increase administrators’ accountability. The judiciary’s role in ensuring the bureaucracy’s accountability is smaller than that of the elected branches, but the courts have the authority to force agencies to act in accordance with legislative intent, established procedures, and constitutionally guaranteed rights. The Senior Executive Service, administrative law judges, whistleblowing, and demographic representativeness are internal mechanisms for holding the bureaucracy accountable.


Econ: Economic Indicators Puzzle

economy_puzzleStudents will analyze three historical case studies about the economies of different countries during the 1990s and 2000s. Each pair will be given a set of puzzle pieces consisting of primary source photographs and graphs of key economic indicators. Pairs will examine and match their puzzle pieces for each of the three economies. They will then use the information in the puzzle pieces to evaluate the health of these economies. Each pair will cut the pieces from all three pages of the handout. Then they will be given time to match all the pieces.

After reading the text describing the economy, students will select which GDP table, unemployment rate graph, and inflation rate graph matches the description.

Based on the data and photographs related to key economic indicators, which of these economies—A, B, or C—do you believe was the healthiest and why? The least healthy and why?

Are any of the three key economic indicators better than the others at measuring the health of an economy? Explain.