American Class System Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Teachers may use this lesson plan to teach students about the American class system. Students will identify the social classes, compare the American class system to a caste system, and create visual displays using related data.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define and use content-specific vocabulary related to social and economic class
  • Visually display data related to the American class system
  • Compare the American class system to caste systems


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


  • assets
  • frugal
  • income
  • inherit
  • lower class
  • middle class
  • minimum wage
  • poverty line
  • prestige
  • social mobility
  • socioeconomic
  • stratification
  • upper class


  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Visual display that shows the pyramid of the feudal caste system
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Access to computer/internet
  • Paper
  • Pens

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