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Can money buy happiness? - Civil Discourse for Classrooms
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About This Lesson is a free, evidence-based interactive tool for students to develop media literacy skills by applying the 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy to public media content. Importantly, the tool does not require registration for teachers or students, abides by student privacy laws, and is advised by a board of both youth and educators.

Each module consists of:

  • a compelling and timely question;
  • related current and age-appropriate public media content including audio, video, and text;
  • extension resources for advanced or highly-interested students;
  • student graphic organizers;
  • a simple debate tool;
  • a teacher's guide to the module;
  • and a guide to the 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy.

This Teacher's Guide supports the Can money buy happiness? module on Here is the full module and below is a summary.

These days, happiness seems to be a topic on everyone’s mind. You can find books instructing readers how to find happiness, podcasts interviewing guests about how they achieved happiness, and even college classes teaching students how to be happy adults. Many of these resources investigate the link between money and happiness. But is happiness for sale? Can money buy happiness?

To use this module with learners in any setting, we recommend using one of the structured discussion formats outlined at You can find options for a small or large group, so that all students or just a few participate, and examples of some discussion formats.




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