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Income Tax Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Why do we pay taxes on what we earn? A text lesson provides a brief history on taxation and an in-class small group activity gives students the chance to compute income-based tax rates. To further instruction on taxation, consider the related lessons and additional activities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what income tax is
  • discuss the history of taxation in America
  • estimate income tax rates based on pay and location

Length

30 minutes to 1 hour

Materials

  • Photocopies of a paycheck stub showing deductions (with any identifying information blacked out)

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.9

Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

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