The Economist Articles — Week of 13 Feb 2016

Every week I read through The Economist to pick out articles that may be useful for teaching in the classroom. I’ll be sharing some of my notes and the discussion prompts I’ve come up with in these weekly posts. For students, they can serve as guide-rails for your reading. For teachers, I hope they will be helpful for your teaching.

1. Smoking in France — Between a puff and a Kalashnikov

Opportunity cost: the opportunity cost of smoking outside school premises has increased given the threat of terrorist attacks.

3 Ways to Use Articles in an Economics Classroom

Let’s say we have a piece of writing — economics writing.

How do we most effectively use it to teach students economic concepts?

Here are some ideas.

Break it up

Identify the different characters in the article and get students to role-play.

First, in groups, students do research about what the different characters might think or act in this situation and then they try to play out the scenario presented in the article.

Arrow of time

Expand on the issue described in the article into a timeline of sorts and get students to describe the links between different events using economic theory.  Pay attention to any causal relationships that might exist.

Which of the following ways to learn Economics would be appealing to you?

Which of the following ways to learn Economics would be appealing to you? (You may select more than one)

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