This grade 9-12 course consists of the following content area and literacy strands: Economics, Financial Literacy, Mathematics, Languages Arts for Literacy in History/Social Studies and Speaking and Listening. Basic economic concepts of scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, and cost/benefit analysis are interwoven throughout the standards and objectives. Emphasis will be placed on economic decision-making and real-life applications using real data.
The primary content for the course pertains to the study of learning the ideas, concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable students to implement beneficial personal decision-making choices; to become wise, successful, and knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit and money managers; and to be participating members of a global workforce and society.
Content should include, but not be limited to:
- cost/Benefit analysis of economic decisions
- earning an income
- understanding state and federal taxes
- utilizing banking and financial services
- balancing a checkbook and managing a bank account
- savings, investment and planning for retirement
- understanding loans and borrowing money, including predatory lending and payday loans
- understanding interest, credit card debt and online commerce
- how to prevent identify fraud and theft
- rights and responsibilities of renting or buying a home
- understanding and planning for major financial purchases
- understanding the costs and benefits of insurance
- understanding the financial impact and consequence of gambling
- avoiding and filing bankruptcy
- reducing tax liability.
Honors/Advanced courses offer scaffolded learning opportunities for students to develop critical skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in a more rigorous and reflective academic setting. Students are empowered to perform at higher levels as they engage in the following: analyzing historical documents and supplementary readings, working in the context of thematically categorized information, becoming proficient in note-taking, participating in Socratic seminars/discussions, emphasizing free-response and document-based writing, contrasting opposing viewpoints, solving problems, etc. Students will develop and demonstrate their skills through participating in capstone and/or extended research-based paper/project (e.g., history fair, projects for competitive evaluation, investment portfolio contests, or other teacher-directed projects).
Instructional Practices: Teaching using real world materials, examples and simulations enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend concepts related to personal financial literacy. Using the following instructional practices will also help student learning.
- Incorporating current event articles on economic developments related to personal financial literacy.
- Having students create economic models that reflect key concepts and economic decisions.
- Use real world data and evidence to answer complex high-level questions that are based on real world scenarios.
- Require students to make and support personal financial decisions using evidence and trends.
- Provide extended learning opportunities that simulate economic scenarios including, but not limited to:
o planning and managing a household budget
o purchasing a home or automobile
o planning for retirement
o filing a tax return
o managing an investment portfolio
o affording college for dependent children
Literacy Standards in Social Studies
Secondary social studies courses include reading standards for literacy in history/social studies 6-12, and writing standards for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects 6-12. This course also includes speaking and listening standards. For a complete list of standards required for this course click on the blue tile labeled course standards. You may also download the complete course including all required standards and notes sections using the export function located at the top of this page.
English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SS.pdf.
Finance Your Future
The Division of Consumer Services at the Florida Department of Financial Services offers a free financial literacy resource designed for middle and high students. Finance Your Future is comprised of eight main modules on the topics of: Budgeting & Saving, Credit Cards, Banking, Credit Report & Score, Debt, Frauds & Scams, Insurance & Benefits and Life Events. Each module includes lessons, activities, games and a comprehensive knowledge check at the end. Visit the Finance Your Future website to access this resource. It should be noted that this resource does not include all of the financial literacy content needed to satisfy the standard high school diploma requirement per s. 1003.4282, Florida Statutes. A crosswalk of Financial Literacy standards and benchmarks can be found here.