Teacher Guide

Freakonomics Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will be able to relate the main themes of the text to contemporary concerns and personal history.

  2. 2

    Students will learn how conventional wisdom is often false and that things aren’t quite what they seem.

  3. 3

    Students will learn how incentives lie at the root of most human behavior, and that incentives can act in unintended ways.

  4. 4

    Students will learn that economics seeks to explain the actual world, without concern for moral posturing.

  5. 5

    Students will learn the difference between cause and correlation, and how people often derive cause...

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