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Mr. Kurtz-Nicholl from Richmond CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Making Economics Interesting and Fun!

The cost of 35 copies of The World Philosophers, and 10 copies each of Freakonomics, Nickel and Dimed, The Working Poor and The Two-Income Trap is $1501, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am an Economics teacher at Richmond High School in Richmond, CA. I am a new teacher to the school and while the area has a bad reputation, I have encountered great kids who want to learn and really value their education. Teaching Economics to teenagers is an interesting task because they are often apprehensive about the subject matter and don't necessarily see the connection to their lives. Economics is particularly important to students in Richmond who may not have the same social, educational and economic support that helps lead to successful futures. In two separate activities, I try to present them with interesting practical views of economics, and the theory based economics that are necessary for higher education. One project involves reading books related to Economics, books that will grab their attention, but still relate to their life and the world we live in. Some of those titles include: Fast Food Nation, Nickel and Dimed, The Working Poor, and Freakonomics. The second activity involves learning about some of most famous economic thinkers in the history of the world. I introduce a project where the students create a presentation on one chapter of a book called "The Worldly Philosophers" by Robert Heilbroner. Then the students present and teach that information to their fellow classmates. Over 140 students will participate in these activities. These resources will enable my students to get a fresh look at Economics and really increase their handle on the subject matter.

Mr. Kurtz-Nicholl
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner • Barnes and Noble $15.57 10 $155.70
The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers Robert L. Heilbroner, Preface by Robert L. Heilbroner • Barnes and Noble $14.40 35 $504.00
The Working Poor: Invisible in America David K. Shipler • Barnes and Noble $12.60 10 $126.00
The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke Elizabeth Warren, Amelia Warren Tyagi • Barnes and Noble $12.60 10 $126.00
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Barbara Ehrenreich, Arlie Hochschild, Shara Kay (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $11.70 10 $117.00

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