JA Economics Blended Model®

JA Economics curriculum cover

High School
Implementation:
Classroom Based

Pillars of Student Success
Financial Literacy High Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Moderate Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness Moderate Work Readiness
JA Economics (Blended Model) is a one-semester course that connects high school students to the economic principles that influence their daily lives as well as their futures. Through a variety of experiential activities presented by the teacher and volunteer, students better understand the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in today's global economy. Volunteers engage with students through a variety of activities as subject matter guest speakers, or coaching for case study and project. Volunteer activities help students better understand the relationship between what they learn in school, their future career, and their successful participation in today's global economy.

The course addresses each of the economics standards identified by the Council for Economic Education as being essential to complete a high school economics course. Course components equip students to:

- Learn the necessary concepts applicable to state and national educational standards
- Apply economic reasoning and skills in the world around them
- Synthesize elective concepts through a cumulative, tangible deliverable (optional case studies and/or projects)
- Demonstrate the skills necessary for future financial literacy pathway success
- Integrate College and Career Readiness anchor standards in Reading, Informational Text, Speaking and Listening, and Vocabulary

Program Concepts

Allocation, Break-even point, Budgeting, Business, Business cycle, Comparative advantage, Competition, Demand, Economy, Economic freedom, Economic indicators, Economic reasoning, Economic systems, Entrepreneurship, Financial institutions, Financial markets, Free enterprise, Government policies, Gross Domestic Product, Income, Incentives, Inflation, Innovation, Interest, Invest, Law of Demand, Loss, Marginal analysis, Marginal thinking, Markets, Market-Clearing Price, Macroeconomics, Market failures, Market structure, Money, Opportunity cost, Price-allocation system, Price signals, Profit, Property rights, Production, Public goods, Resources, Rule of law, Scarcity, SMART goals, Specialization, Supply, Tax, Trade, Trade Barriers

Skills Students Learn

  • Apply economic reasoning
  • Apply mathematical formulas
  • Analyze and evaluate economic systems
  • Analyze national economic indicators
  • Analyze effects of specialization and trade
  • Budgeting
  • Compare and contrast government market decisions
  • Calculate profit margin and explain its importance
  • Evaluate outcomes of limited government
  • Describe the four market structures
  • Describe the importance of profit
  • Describe the effect of competition on price
  • Distinguish between needs and wants
  • Discuss market demand and demand elasticity
  • Explain the relationship between scarcity and opportunity costs
  • Examine how incentives affect decisions
  • Express the advantages and disadvantages of international trade
  • such as trade barriers and trade deficits
  • Identify the impact of self-interest
  • Identify factors that affect revenue and cost and explain how businesses respond to changes
  • Identify the four key productive resources
  • Identify characteristics of entrepreneurs
  • Interpret data and graphs
  • List the outcomes of competition
  • Recognize factors that influence economic freedom
  • Recognize the importance of small businesses
  • Recognize economic growth factors
  • Summarize the laws of supply and demand
  • Track the flow of money and resources through the economy

Alignment with State and National Standards

Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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