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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Taxes, and supports the standard of analyzing the purpose of taxation and its impact on society. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of a receipt that includes sales tax, like the one shown below:

• What is sales tax and why is this on almost everything we purchase?
• What percentage of the subtotal is the sales tax?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

• Read aloud the description on the Taxes topic page
• Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
• Assign Related Reading articles to different students. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Assign Taxes Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about taxes while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

• Make-a-Movie: Produce a PSA that explains how taxes help provide services that benefit communities.
• Make-a-Map: Make a concept map describing the purpose of collecting taxes from citizens and identify three examples of how taxes can support a community.
• Creative Coding: Code a learning game challenging players to sort taxes and tax-funded services as federal or state.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Filed as:  6-8, 9-12, BrainPOP, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.4