Consumerism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

This lesson plan will teach students about consumerism with a brief video lesson. After discussion and a quiz, students can apply what they've learned during a collaborative activity.

Lesson Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the definition of consumerism
  • Develop a project highlighting the application of consumerism
  • Present projects to the class


75-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.


Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.



  • Begin by introducing the idea of consumerism. Explain that, according to the video you are about to see, consumerism is ''the ideology that places value upon the excessive consumption of material goods and services.'' Discuss what this means.
  • Next, show the related video: What Is Consumerism? - Definition, History & Examples.
  • Once the video has concluded, discuss the following:
    • What is consumerism and how does it apply to our everyday lives?
    • What happened in the early 1900s that pushed the development of consumerism in America?
    • What effect did the Great Depression have on American consumerism?
    • The video stated that there are varying opinions on consumerism. What are some of the positives and negatives?
    • How does American consumerism influence the economy?
    • Allow for any further discussion that the class may wish to have.
  • In order to check for understanding, ask students to complete the quiz.

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