How did wealthy Americans acquire their fortunes? Were the members of the Fortune
400 all starting from the same position or did some get started on third base?
Based on your level of wealth, what kind of lifestyle can you have? What kinds
of assets can you acquire? How much power does one wield based on his or her
fortune? These and other questions will be explored in this lesson known as
"Born on Third Base."
The following information will help you prepare to have a lively, engaging,
and effective hour of learning with your group.
This lesson, which takes approximately one classroom hour (55 minutes) has
the following learning objectives:
- Explore how wealthy Americans acquired their fortunes.
- Compare levels of wealth and the lifestyles, assets, and power each level
Concepts and Key Terms
The following concepts and key terms are covered in this lesson:
- concentration of wealth
- trickle-down theory
- supply-side economics
- demand-side economics
- Forbes 400
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Articles and Other Web Resources
While the lesson plan provides everything you need to carry out the lesson
in your classroom, you may want to familiarize yourself with recent articles
and web resources concerning the issues raised in this lesson. We have selected
several for you and have linked to them below. We encourage you to explore other
resources and ask that you let us know of other links we should add to this
National Standards Mapping
This specific contents and discussion topics provided for in this lesson map
into the following National Council on Economics Education (NCEE)
- Standard 14 (profit and the entrepreneur)
- Standard 15 (growth)
- Standard 16 (role government)
- Standard 20 (monetary and fiscal policy)
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