Key Instructional Components

This section provides an overview of the information you need to get started. It is divided into three sections, each describing one of the three key components of the initiative:

  • Fair Fight in the Marketplace documentary film (educational version)
  • Antitrust law curriculum manual
  • Community resource people

The Film

The first component is the Fair Fight in the Marketplace documentary film (educational version). The documentary film tells the stories connected with three leading antitrust legal cases. The film's goal is to inform the public of the function and importance of antitrust laws and their role in ensuring that consumers have fair pricing, product choices, product innovation, and, ultimately, a vibrant economy. The film weaves legal information with the real life stories of people impacted by antitrust violations. The documentary was developed in two versions. The regular version can be shown in about 30 minutes. The educational version has been divided into four chapters and each chapter is about 7 minutes long, with two minutes of prefacing remarks from subject matter expert Tom Papageorge of the LA County District Attorney's office.

The Curriculum

The second component includes the 5 lessons and supporting materials in the curriculum manual. The first lesson lays a foundation for viewing the film, including vocabulary basic law and economic concepts. This lesson should be completed before viewing the video. The remaining four lessons are best used following the chapter segments of the educational version of the documentary. The recommended procedure is to use the 7 minute documentary chapter to open the class followed by the questions for discussion in the lesson. Following the discussion each lesson has a strategy for applying the information in the lesson to some real life situations. Students are then asked to apply the information to some problems and then try out the newly learned concepts.

The Community

The third component is the involvement of Community Resource People. These are people in your community whom the teens don't normally interact with in a classroom or community setting. Their knowledge, expertise, and personal experiences are a valuable resource that will help make the lessons come alive. In addition, through their interaction with community resource people, teens form stronger bonds with their community and are exposed to positive role models.

The Website

This website contains numerous resources and references to support teaching about antitrust. In addition to all of the content in this "Educational Resources" section, please also refer to the About Antitrust for a brief summary of critical developments in the history of antitrust statutes. The American Antitrust Institute, which produced this educational initiative for the state of California, has an antitrust resources section on its website with an abundance of material and references. And finally, see the links page for more suggested sources of online information about antitrust.