Teaching through the Year: Seasonal Readings and Activities

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We're making it easy for you to find seasonally relevant ways to bring Adam Smith and his ideas into your classroom. 

Spring Semester


February
Black History Month: 

14th (Valentine’s Day): 

President’s Day: 

March
Women’s History Month: Nothing Useless, Absurd, or Fantastical: Adam Smith on Women’s Education by Sarah Skwire.  



April
American Tax Day: 

May
Mother's Day: 

Memorial Day: Do Not Take Peace for Granted by Alice Temnick



June
5th (Adam Smith’s Birthday!): James R. Otteson’s A Brief Biography of Adam Smith

Father's Day: Father's Day Advice from Adam Smith by Shannon Chamberlain

19th (Juneteenth): 


Fall Semester


September
Labor Day: Matt Bufton's Reading the Wealth of Nations: Book 2 invites reads to think about what make labor productive. Speaking of Smith post.

October
31st (Halloween): 

November
Election Day: Men of Public Spirit Activity. Use Adam Smith's discussion of men "whose public spirit is prompted altogether by humanity and benevolence" as a starting point to discuss civil government and how to approach difficult public policy problems.

Thanksgiving: Heather King's Happy Smithsgiving! Speaking of Smith post.

Giving Tuesday: The Virtue of Beneficence Activity. Use this quotation from Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments to discuss whether we can be forced to be generous and kind.

December
Bill of Rights Day: 1776 and the American Founding AdamSmithWorks Essay Collection

25th (Christmas):