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A Government for Xlandia
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students, as a United Nations Task Force, are asked to provide the new leaders of a nation that has just overthrown a dictator with good advice on how to create a constitutional democracy.

Fighting Chance
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students decide, in the role of first-year associates at a law firm, whether to take a case heading for the Supreme Court. Claiming unfair discrimination, a qualified woman wants to join the U.S. Army Special Forces but cannot because the Army bans women from such roles. Students analyze the strength of her case based on the equal protection and due process clauses of the 5th and 14th Amendments,  precedent cases, and the security needs of the nation.

LegiQuest
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students, in the role of lobbyists for an interest group representing young people, are asked to recommend the best path to follow from studying an issue to passing a law. Students must do research, recommend a position, and explain how to pursue legislation at the federal level to address three possible issues – music file sharing, gun control, and the military draft .

Matildaville
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

An additional PBE unit in which students act as economic policy analysts for the city of Matildaville, who are asked to recommend the best use of some undeveloped land donated by a wealthy benefactor. As they consider the wishes of the benefactor and the needs of the community, the analysts debate a list of possible entities that could operate on the land.

Monopoly’s Might
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

High school student entrepreneurs in a School-Based Enterprise (SBE) have developed, produced, and marketed a low-calorie avocado. During the course of the next three years, the SBE team analyzes data on sales, revenue, costs and profits to help them convince a venture capitalist to invest, then to fund research and development for a much-needed pesticide.

Not In My Back Yard
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students act as a City Manager’s staff trying to correct perceptions of back-room deal-making while deciding on the best location for transitional housing for the homeless. Various interest groups have entered the fray, and as students explain both their decision and the policymaking process they learn how local government works.

On the Campaign Trail
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students act as media consultants for a local political campaign and must decide how to best “market” a flawed candidate, given local issues and voter characteristics. Ethical dilemmas arise as students learn about the realities of campaigning for office today, providing the teacher and students with an opportunity to critically examine the U.S. election system.

Running in Place
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students play the role of rookie entrepreneurs who want to start a new shoe company by asking graduate students in economics to advise them on how their venture might fit into a market economy.

The Better Budget
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students, in the role of constituents, are requested to serve as a focus group by their congressional representative, who asks for recommendations on cutting the federal budget. In attempting to provide a balanced view, students learn about the ideological roots of liberals and conservatives and what they believe to be the appropriate role of government.

The Greater Good
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Student teams of economic leaders from two island nations pursue the possibility of trade by analyzing data on the hours it takes to produce goods and learning about comparative advantage, and discover economic benefits that occur with specialization of production and trade.

The High School Food Court
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

This popular unit is useful for introducing the problem-solving process used in the five Essential PBE units, while teaching some fundamentals about business economics. In the role of student council members at a high school, students are asked by the principal to make a recommendation to the school board about which restaurants should be chosen for the new food court on campus.

The Invisible Hand
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students, as policy group members in the U.S. Department of Energy, are asked by the Secretary for help in planning how to implement gasoline price control legislation that was passed by Congress.

The President’s Dilemma
PBE & PBG Units
Beginner

Social Studies

Students as Presidential advisors recommend a fiscal and monetary policy that considers both supply-side and demand-side options and the costs and benefits of various solutions during an economic crisis involving oil price shocks, inflation, and unemployment.