This course is designed for teachers who may not have a full semester to teach personal finance, but would still like to provide their students with a strong foundation in multiple areas within the topic. This course is also a great option for teachers who want to offer personal finance as a summer elective.
This course consists of forty 45-minute class periods, which creates 8 weeks of daily instruction. Each lesson may cover one or two class periods. The course includes two assessments - one diagnostic exam and one final exam.
This course will cover the following topics in order:
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