Civics and Economics

Civics and Economics

This Week in Class: Critical Thinking

The Critical Thinking section covers covers one week of class time (suggested) and begins with an overview of logical thought, including inductive and deductive reasoning. Next, the focus turns to bias and famous logical fallacies and concludes with an overview of basic statistics. This unit is a good start to set the ground rules for future discussion and debate.

The Critical Thinking section contains three separate days:
Day 1: Thinking Fast and Slow introduces basic logic
Day 2: Biases and Fallacies looks at cognitive bias
Day 3: Statistical Literacy discusses the difference between causation and correlation

Unit Lesson Plans

The structure of this site begins with top-level units, each unit containing about three weeks worth of class material. Go to each unit's home page to see a further breakdown into week-long sections and then daily lesson plans, along with activities, assignments and other resources.

  • Course introduction, then a look at the origins of government and how the ancient Greeks and Romans influenced our modern institutions.
  • The creation and mechanics of our own Constitution and the separation of powers into three branches: executive, legislative and judicial.  
  • Overview of North Carolina politics and a look at state-level government - the place where most of us encounter government in our daily lives.
  • Introduction to basic concepts of supply and demand, market types, economic indicators, monetary policy and other topics.
  • How to find a career that suits you; how to find the right college (and how to pay for it) and what is expected in the workplace.
  • Learn how credit works; how to buy a car; what types of insurance do you need - practical advice for success in the real world.