This activity has three parts. Make sure you read on for details to complete them all!
Part One: Choose
Identify an economic issue that is important in your community. These are some examples:
The list below includes some topics that you may want to consider for your Module Six Project. Please keep in mind that your topic must be relevant to your local community. You are not limited to this list. Follow the steps and recommendations in the lesson to help you decide which topic to pursue.
|Economic Policy Areas||Specific Topic Ideas|
|Transportation||Constructing and managing a high-speed rail system,
expanding existing roads and highways,
adding public bus system
|Energy||Build nuclear power plant,
require new homes and buildings to install solar energy panels,
renovate city buildings to be more
|Education||Build a four-year university,
allow building of charter schools,
create dropout prevention program,
build after-school youth center
|Housing||Drain wetlands to build new neighborhood,
build new apartment complex in central part of city
|Water||Build new water treatment plant,
upgrade sewage system throughout city
|Jobs||Offer lower taxes to attract new businesses,
create job training program for jobs in demand locally
|Law Enforcement||Hiring additional police officers,
installing “red light camera” system,
increasing fines for traffic or
other minor offenses, build a new jail,
expand crime prevention education efforts
Part Two: Research
Learn more about how this issue affects your community. You may choose to contact a local leader such as a member of your city or county council or representative from an a related citizen interest group. Consult an online phone book or community website for contact information. Use the Research Chart to document your data, take notes, and track your sources of information.
Part Three: Construct
Construct a circular-flow diagram for a business or industry in your community. Diagram the flow of goods, services, and money from your chosen industry to the various sectors of the local and world economy. For example, a factory in your community creates jobs and products. The income to the households creates spending in the economy as people consume products, invest, and pay taxes to the government.
Use the Research Chart to document how this business or industry’s activities affect the various sectors of the local and world economy.
Submit both the diagram and the chart in assessment 6.01.
Use the chart below to guide your research. Answer the questions presented for the issue you have chosen. Be sure to take notes, including the sources of information.
You may use any online resource to make the circular flow diagram such as this one:
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