Article of the Week Theme: Black Friday

Posted November 22, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core

As millions of Americans prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, some are preparing for their annual shopping spree the day after Thanksgiving! Many retailers offer extraordinary deals the Friday after Thanksgiving in order to to lure customers to come early and begin shopping. Apparently, this strategy is working as there are already reports of eager shoppers forming lines outside their favorite retail stores “hoping to cash in on holiday bargains.”

Some claim that the ever-growing hype around Black Friday deals, including the decision by many stores to open doors on the evening of Thanksgiving, has gone too far. This week we invite students to learn more about the history behind one of the biggest retail shopping days of the year and invite them to consider whether Black Friday a good thing for the economy and for people?

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Black Friday

Grades 4-5: “Confessions of a Black Friday shopaholic”, “Black Friday”

Grades 6-8: “The Branding of Black Friday”, “Black Friday Is Facing Extinction”

Grades 9-10: “The Origins of “Black Friday”, “5 Signs This Holiday Season Is the Most Competitive, Desperate Ever”

Grades 11-12: “Spirited “Black Friday” has dark roots”, “Why Black Friday Isn’t That Special Anymore”


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