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Rich vs. Poor: How Wealth is Impacting the 2012 Elections

In this PBS NewsHour lesson plan, students will: 1. Participate in a survey about social class in the U.S. and work as a group to calculate class results. 2. View a video clip and review articles and data related to socioeconomics and politics. 3. Record, analyze and discuss socioeconomic data and small groups and draw conclusions about how this might affect the outcome of elections in their area. 4. Participate in class discussions related to social class and the effects is has on the election process. 5. Create and share a prioritized list of ideas related to addressing issues of social class.

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