Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

State of Our Union: Deciphering the Data

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90 minutes

SUBJECTS: Math, Social Studies

TOPICS: Economics, U.S. Population Trends/History, Public Health

Resource Overview

As individuals and in small groups, students critically examine graphic data about U.S. health, environment, and the economy and then conduct research to get a more complete picture of trends in these three areas.

Students will be able to:
  • Critically examine graphic data and make educated guesses about potential causes behind the data.
  • Develop questions in order to improve data literacy and to guide research about American trends in health, environment, and the economy.
  • Find reputable data from multiple sources to research a topic and then synthesize information to create a bullet point summary.

Features of This Resource

  • Opportunity for authentic learning with real-world data
  • Curated set of graphs and data charts provided
  • Ready-to-use lesson that is great for data literacy

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