Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Day 33

English 102 Lesson Plan Day 33 Spring 2008

  1. What different types of services do taxpayers pay for? List at least ten services and/or programs. Then write about whether you agree or disagree with the following statement, and why: Those who earn more money should pay more taxes." After a few minutes, allow students to share their responses.
  2. As a class, discuss the article "Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind" focusing on the following questions:
    a. What are the income characteristics of the "hyper-rich" compared to the "very rich"?
    b. According to the article, how are the Bush administration's tax cuts predicted to affect certain groups of taxpayers over its first fifteen years after 2001?
    c. How did The New York Times analyze how these tax cuts would affect the very richest of Americans?
    d. What were some of the newspaper's findings, through this analysis?
    e. What is the alternative minimum tax?
    f. Why is some income not subject to taxation?
    g. What are some examples of how the Bush tax cuts will affect different income earners over the next decade?
    h. How might the widening gap between the hyper-rich and everyone else affect society, according to various experts?
    i. What has been the trend in economic mobility in the United States in recent years?
    1. anything on the graphs?
  3. Homework: Read Angela Whitaker's Rise 202-218
  4. The next week plus
    1. Wednesday: AW's Climb part one
    2. Thursday: AW's Climb part two
    3. Friday: How do we duplicate her success?

Tuesday: In-class writing assignment (20 points towards "Final Draft")

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