Exploring Economics

Complete High School Economics Curriculum

 Curriculum PackageAre you looking for an economics curriculum for your high school student that is complete and easy to use? Exploring Economics is a one-semester course centered in God's Word that equips your student to better understand what economics is and how it affects our lives.

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High School Credit

Author Ray Notgrass designed the curriculum for students to use successfully anytime in high school--9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, or 12th grade.

Daily lessons guide your student through core topics of economics with practical examples from history and recent events. With the lessons already planned, your student can use the curriculum independently.

Using Exploring Economics as designed provides one half year of high school credit in economics and one half year of credit in English (literature and composition). However, the course is flexible, so you can adjust the assignments as needed to fit your student's schedule and needs.

What's Included

The Exploring Economics Curriculum Package includes everything you need for a successful study.

  • The main book features engaging lessons with dozens of colorful photographs and historic illustrations.
  • The collection of primary source documents offers perspectives on economics from the past and present.
  • Weekly project ideas include a writing assignment and two other creative assignments such as completing an art project, making a video, or conducting an interview.

We suggest four books that enhance your student's understanding of economics. We also offer optional review activities and tests.

Watch our intro video and keep reading to learn how the curriculum works, see sample lessons, and read what parents are saying.

Quick Overview

Written from a perspective of faith in God and trust in His Word, Exploring Economics surveys Biblical teachings on money and finance, provides an overview of the economic history of the United States, gives a clear explanation of terms and concepts used in economics, discusses economic issues confronting us today, and puts our participation in the national and world economies on a personal level. In a time when economic activity is challenging classic definitions, Exploring Economics reasserts the importance of the free market system and enables students to take part in the economy with knowledge and faith.

What the student is to do each week and each day is clearly outlined. The Unit Introduction page gives a brief overview of the unit, the lessons in that unit, and suggestions for a project that is relevant to that unit.

If you prefer a video overview, watch author Ray Notgrass explain how the components work together as he walks you through a sample unit from the curriculum.

What's In the Curriculum Package

The Exploring Economics Curriculum Package includes these two books:

    Exploring Economics

    Exploring Economics

    This book has 75 lessons divided into fifteen units of five lessons each plus all assignments for weekly and daily activities.

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    Making Choices

    Making Choices

    This is a collection of historic and modern documents, essays, and speeches that supplement the lessons.

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Optional Resources

We offer an optional Student Review Pack to help measure your student's understanding of the material. We also offer a literature package with four recommended titles.

    Exploring Economics Student Review Pack

    Student Review Pack

    The Student Review book has review questions for each lesson and literary analysis and questions for each literature title. The Quiz and Exam Book includes a quiz for each unit and an exam every five units. The Answer Key has all the answers needed for the course.

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    Literature Package

    This set of two novels, a nonfiction book, and an autobiography enhance your student's understanding of topics covered in the curriculum.


What the Lessons Are Like

Exploring Economics is divided into 15 units with five lessons each. Your student can complete the curriculum in one semester by doing one lesson per day for 75 days.

Your student can read the daily lessons and follow the instructions independently. You as the parent can be involved as much or as little as you desire.

Reading one lesson will take about 20 minutes per day. At the end of each lesson is a list of assignments. Students using the course for both economics and English credit may need another 60-90 minutes to complete the additional readings and work on the weekly project. If your student is not completing the English credit, the total time needed per day will be about 45-60 minutes.

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Watch author Ray Notgrass explain how the components of Exploring Economics work together as he walks you through a sample unit from the curriculum.

Exploring Economics Literature PackageWe recommend four books that complement the lessons in Exploring Economics. These books are not essential for understanding the lessons, but each one adds a valuable perspective on topics discussed in the lessons.

Reading the literature is part of earning the English credit. If your student has already read one of the assigned books, or you want to choose a different book for any reason, you can substitute a different book.

  • Silas Marner by George Eliot (Units 1-3)
  • The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells (Units 4-7)
  • The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli (Units 8-11)
  • Mover of Men and Mountains by R. G. LeTourneau (Units 12-15)


Read sample lessons and see sample pages from the Student Review Pack with these PDF files.

Exploring Economics

Making Choices

Student Review Pack

Guide for Parents and Answer Key


Easy to Understand

"Easy to understand, gets the point across quickly, and teaches important things every homeschool student should know about economics." (Michigan)

My Son Wants to Be an Economist

"We have used Notgrass Government and Economics curricula and have been very pleased. It's heavy on reading, but really explains the concepts well and makes the student think. My son now wants to be an economist thanks to this curriculum!"

All of It Is Interesting

"I wanted to encourage anyone contemplating using this curriculum with your kids to go ahead and dive in. Definitely have your students read [the primary sources and articles]. All of it is interesting. We and our kids should understand the idea of economics. This course is informative and painless." (Texas)


"One thing we love the most about your curriculum is how thought-provoking it is. Rather than just throwing a bunch of info at the student for them to memorize, your studies require them to think for themselves and develop opinions on issues based on the historical facts and Biblical truths you provide." (Illinois)

Ray and Charlene NotgrassRay Notgrass is a follower of Jesus and a veteran homeschooling father. He met his wife, Charlene, at Middle Tennessee State University in the political science department. After graduating they were married in 1974. Ray went on to earn master's degrees in history and New Testament. Ray and Charlene are lifelong history lovers and began writing homeschool curriculum in 1999. They enjoy classic literature, traveling together, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.


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