10 Chairs — Unequal Distribution of Wealth

Objective
Students will dramatize the shift in the distribution of wealth in the U.S.A. from 1976-2004.

This is an economics lesson in English.  I have done it twice in Japan with H.S. grade 2 students in a “Comparative Culture” class (it is an elective social studies class taught in English). It fits into our unit on Global Inequalities.

The lesson is quite popular in American classrooms.  A thorough description can be found on many websites.  Here are a few links to the lesson plan:

http://www.teachingeconomics.org/content/index.php?topic=tenchairs This site has a video that explains the lesson procedure and objectives, as well as a link to handouts.

http://www.faireconomy.org/files/GD_10_Chairs_and_Charts.pdf

http://global-action.org/Downloads/Documents/Power.pdf

Notes

High-level English required

Duration
High School
2,
3
Resources
room for 10 chairs--one next to another