How Money & Banking Work – Lyn Alden – YouTube Video Guide


This How Money & Banking Work – Lyn Alden – YouTube Video Guide will challenge students to explore the evolution of money and its impact on society. This guide is meant to supplement the viewing of the Lyn Alden’s animated video on YouTube that summarizes her book of the same title. The 30 minute videos cover the bullet points below and more:
  • Barter systems to modern digital currencies: Discuss the transformation, highlighting the role of trust and technology in the development of financial systems.
  • Centralized vs. decentralized financial systems: Engage in conversations about the implications, including the effects of monetary policies on global economics.
  • Gold standard and Bretton Woods: Reflect on how these historical financial practices have shaped current global financial stability and currency valuation.
  • Societal and economic challenges of current monetary systems: Encourage students to consider the issues posed by systems, such as inflation and economic disparity.
  • Potential of digital currencies like Bitcoin: Discuss how digital currencies might address issues of inflation, economic disparity, and financial system centralization.
This guide will provide students with a deeper understanding of monetary dynamics, the value of currency, and the significant impact financial systems have on global and local economies.
NOTE: As of 6/2024 this video could be found on YouTube here.

Check the thumbnails for high resolution sample questions to see if this movie guide is suitable for your students. This resource consists of 8 high-level, short answer reflection and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

This product .zip file includes:

    • An Answer Key w/ CCSS Alignment (4 Pages)
    • A Student Movie Guide (4 Pages)
    • A PDF with link to a Google Slides version (1 Page)
    • CCSS alignment, Admin Movie Request and Permission Slip (2 Pages)
    • A free resources and ‘About’ section (8 Pages – Not included in the page count for this product)
    • CCSS Note: I’ve taken the liberty of aligning certain reading standards with the act of consuming content via the movie instead. Although students aren’t reading they are asked to perform the same cognitive functions on the content that they consumed from the movie.

Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:

    • Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
    • Create an assignment for your students
    • If you are using this resource for multiple classes and want to separate responses by class, create multiple copies of the Google Slides version with file names such as [Title]ClassPeriod[2] and then create assignments

Tips for using this How Money & Banking Work – Lyn Alden – YouTube Video Guide in your classroom:

    • Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
    • Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
    • Pause at the times designated on the movie guide and help students if necessary
    • Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers
    • If needed, and if time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie for additional analysis
    • After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
    • On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie

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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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