Money Changes Everything is a Bedford Spotlight Reader (2014) that presents a collection of articles, essays, memoir, charts, advertisements, and book chapters, all on the theme of money.
This sample syllabus is presented in 4 units, each with a set of readings, writing emphases, and major assignment.
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A general syllabus templates for 16-week courses.
- “Wealth and Poverty” by Peter Singer
- “On Plumbing and the Meaning of Poverty” by Melanie Scheller
- “The Good Life” by the Roper Center
- When Spending Becomes You” by Juliet Schor
- Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or Poverty Thoughts
Writing Emphases: Argument; Analysis; Narrative; Summary; Quotation
Financial Aid Appeal Letter
- “May 2011 Wage Estimates” by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
- “Serving in Florida” by Barbara Ehrenreich
- “The Vanishing Middle Class” by Elizabeth Warren
Writing Emphases: Narrative; Argument; Summary; Description; Quotation
Wages & Worth: Letter for a Pay Raise
- “The Price of Motherhood” by Ann Crittenden
- “College Sports” by Murray Sperber
- Sample set of supplemental readings in Step 2 of Assignment 3.
Writing Emphases: Narrative; Pathos; Quotation; Summary; Reflection
The Cost of Unpaid Labor Essay
Writing Emphasis: Reflection
Assignment 4: Money Blog Post. Students compose a narrative reflection essay that includes 3 excerpts from their previous assignments; personal reflection on what they’ve learned; a Featured Image; brief Author Bio; and optional author photo. Instructor posts their content to a public blog. Students write with awareness of a broad, public audience. See sample class money blog here.