Monday, October 22, 2018

Celebrating 50 econlife Lessons!


On October 24, 2018, izzit.org celebrates the 50th econlife current events article shared through our daily current events program.  Teacher and author Elaine Schwartz frames economics in a manner that middle and high school students can relate to as a means of encouraging them to think about economics in their daily lives.  izzit.org is proud to partner with Elaine to bring this valuable resource to our teachers & their students.


Articles from econlife began appearing on in izzit.org’s daily current events program in the fall of 2017.  Articles included such topics as why mac and cheese prices vary, how the market prices Taylor Swift tickets, an honor system in place for the sale of eggs, and a mysterious toilet paper shortage in Taiwan.  Links to econlife’s website and social medial are included, as well, so students and teachers may review additional content beyond the one article and activity provided each week.

Elaine Schwartz brings her vast knowledge of economics to students by employing a writing style that aligns with middle and high school student’s daily lives to connect ordinary events and items to market dynamics.  The writing level is typically around a 7.5 on the Readability Scale, with a range between 6 and 9.  The articles are rich in graphics, including tables, charts, and graphs that lend themselves to subject areas like science, humanities, critical thinking, and math.


Discussion questions and activities accompany each article, so teachers can plan an entire period around an article and activity or incorporate articles into other lessons.  With 50 articles to date, teachers can use a current article, search our archive of articles, and/or jump to econlife’s website to view other articles (although only izzit.org has articles and activities). 

We hope you’ve enjoyed econlife thus far and ask that you continue to use current events – ours and econlife’s – as part of your lesson plans.  We look forward to another 50 articles and more from econlife.

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Ideal for the classroom, econlife.com reflects Elaine Schwartz’s work as a teacher and a writer. As a teacher at the Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, she’s been an Endowed Chair in Economics and chaired the history department. She’s developed curricula, was a featured teacher in the Annenberg/CPB video project “The Economics Classroom,” and has written several books including Econ 101 ½ (Avon Books/Harper Collins). You can get econlife on a daily basis! Head to econlife.