This paper describes a creative approach to the instruction of intermediate financial accounting that relies primarily on a business activity model (BAM). Initially funded by an Accounting Education Change Commission (AECC) grant, this curriculum revision is designed to (1) motivate students for their chosen profession, (2) promote their technical competency, and (3) develop in them an expanded set of educational objectives including critical‐thinking, communication, and research skills. The BAM emphasizes financial disclosure and technical research as well as those topics commonly found in “traditional” intermediate accounting courses. Working in professional service teams, students mimic the accounting and financial‐reporting processes found in the “real world” by conducting analytical reviews, soliciting information from clients, preparing adjusting and correcting entries, and drafting financial statements and notes for a fictitious client company.

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