Background and Context

These resources are designed to help students develop a thorough understanding of the topic of Economic Issues; and help students make connections between historical eventscurrent conversations, and current policy proposals surrounding the issue of Economic Issues. 

 

Current Issue Debates

Current Issues Debates highlight current policy issues featured in the news. Issues are framed by a central question, historical context, an overview of both sides of the topic, and discussion questions. These concise resources allow students to move quickly from reading to discussing and debating the issue. 

 

Homelessness Deliberation

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How should governments work to address the homelessness crisis?

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Lesson Plans

Our lesson plans are designed to promote civil discourse and empathy for diverse perspectives. Based on the proven instructional techniques that Close Up uses with students on program, these lesson plans are ideal for teachers who want to enhance the quality of student discourse in the classroom. 

 

Additional & Archived Resources on Economic Issues

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Unemployment

Extended Unemployment Benefits: Helping Workers or Holding the Economy Back?

Post | June 1, 2021

After April’s jobs report fell short of predictions and unemployment ticked up for the first time in the last year, some politicians and policymakers, particularly conservatives, called for an end to the generous unemployment insurance (UI) benefits that have been place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Although federal pandemic-related UI benefits are set […]


Joe and Jill Biden at School

Reshaping the Economy

Post | May 18, 2021

President Joe Biden is currently promoting his plan to transform the U.S. economy.1 In a previous blog post, we explored one element of that plan: infrastructure. In this post, we will examine some details of the Biden administration’s American Families Plan. What is in the Plan? According to the White House, the American Families Plan […]


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Build It and They Will Come: The Biden Infrastructure Plan

Post | May 10, 2021

President Joe Biden is currently campaigning to promote his administration’s infrastructure plan. The plan is intended to address three main areas of concern: crumbling or inadequate infrastructure, job creation and economic growth, and environmental issues. In this post, we will focus on the infrastructure goals of the plan. What is Infrastructure? Infrastructure refers to the […]


Building Bridges - Taxes

Building Bridges – Taxes

Podcast | April 27, 2021

April 15th is traditionally when our income taxes are due, we thought we would dedicate this session to some fascinating tax stories in American history.


Addressing Economic Inequality: Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Proposal

Post | March 4, 2021

During her 2020 presidential bid, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., put forward a tax on the wealthiest Americans—a so-called ultra-millionaire tax—as one of her central proposals.1 And on March 1, 2021, Warren introduced the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act, which would “create an annual tax of 2 percent on the net worth of households and trusts between $50 […]


Exploring Transportation Policy & Environmental Equity

Videos | February 26, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Mia Charity, discusses environmental justice issues with Dr. Regan F. Patterson of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.


Tackling Climate Change: Zero-Emission Vehicles

Post | February 10, 2021

President Joe Biden has made addressing climate change one of his administration’s seven “immediate priorities,” requiring “bold action” by the government to improve the lives of the American people and protect the environment.1 On his seventh full day in office, President Biden signed an “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” […]


New Congress, New Ideas?

Post | January 4, 2021

The 117th Congress was sworn in on January 3, 2021.1 This is the most diverse Congress ever,2 with a record number of women and LGBTQ members, a slim Democratic majority in the House, and a Senate that is still up for grabs due to runoff elections taking place this week in Georgia.3 READ MORE: “Here’s […]


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