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How to Introduce Wealth of Nations in High School?

Feb 4, 2013 5:24am

I'm planning for my seniors to start reading Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith for Economics, but I do not want to overwhelm my students with the material. Is there a way I can do this using Inquiry based style of teaching? Also, is there a version out there that is abridged enough for my students not to get lost in the content?

  • Social Studies
  • 9-12
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  • Feb 19, 2013 5:53pm

    Dominique- I run into the same problem when introducing Merchant of Venice to 7th graders. One great way to get through difficult text is to jigsaw. Break up the students into groups and have each group responsible for certain chapters. They can read it together and present a summary and the most important content in a way that is most interesting to them - think glog, Powerpoint, skit, handout, etc... The students get really creative with it and it becomes a challenge in each group to try to make enough sense of the material to actually teach it to classmates. This eliminates the worry of each student having to struggle with the whole text.

    Good luck!

    • Feb 22, 2013 6:16am

      Dominique,

      Great book. I guess it depends on why you want them to read it. What's the learning goal/outcome? How does reading it help them meet that learning goal? How will you assess for that learning goal? Reading the entire book may be a great and noble idea, but maybe chunks of the book actually help you reach the learning goals better.

      I like Lauren's suggestion of current educational philosophies. If you select the relevant current (or historical) articles, you can also select passages from Smith to demonstrate the concept. Applying Smith's concepts to contemporary economic situations might give your students a better opportunity to demonstrate understanding.