2013-2014 GOVERNMENT / ECONOMICS Syllabus

   

Overview

Government and Economics are senior level courses. Each student must pass one semester of each in order to meet the requirements for graduation. This course will examine the foundations and evolution through history of each topic.

 

Economic  Objectives

Students will be able to do the following by the end of the class:

1. Discuss the basic economic problems faced by
consumers in American society.

2. Discuss how businesses make economic decisions.

3. Discuss ways people invest money to save for the future.

4. Discuss how economic policy affects the individual, state, nation and world

 

Government Objectives


Students will be able to do the following by the end of the class:

1. Study will be focused on the branches of government,
Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

 

2.  Discuss the rights guaranteed to citizens through the Constitution.

 

3. When discussing the branches of government, examine the similarities and differences between the various levels (Federal, State, Local) of government.

Classroom Objectives

Possess mastery understanding of the World and its deep-rooted history

  • Master all of the TEKS objectives
  • Hone writing and public speaking skills.
  • Become a great learner and thinker

 

Grading Policy

Expect a minimum of four graded assignments/activities per week.  Only students with EXCUSED absences will be allowed to make up the work; however, remember that it is YOUR responsibility and NOT the teacher’s to get you the missed work.  Previous handouts will be available in the Make-Up work folder. NO MAKE-UP WORK WILL BE GIVEN DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE SIX-WEEKS GRADING PERIOD OR THE NINE-WEEKS GRADING PERIOD! 

 

The Nine-weeks grade is broken down in the following percentages:

Formative – Daily Assignments

            (i.e. classroom participation/journals/pop quizzes)                                                                                50%

Summative – Chapter Tests

               (e.g. oral and written tests and C-Scope Unit Tests)                                                                               50%

 

 

Classroom Policies

 

Classroom Rules—SEE POSTER BOARD

 

Conduct and Behavior—Students are expected to act in a similar fashion as they would if they were walking into a church.  Furthermore, students are to conduct themselves in the manner which has been set forth in the Student Code of Conduct and the Behavior Contract (SEE Education and Behavior Contract).  Any violations of this Code will result in the appropriate form of discipline deemed necessary. 

Absences—An absence excuse from the office is your ticket to enter class the following day and also allows you the right to ask for any missed assignments.   Missing work due to excessive absences will only be excused under special circumstances.

 

Homework—If we do not finish our assignment in class or it appears that extra practice would be helpful, I will assign homework.  Please note that it is called Homework, which also means you should finish it at home, not the period before my class.  All homework should be placed in the homework box upon entering the classroom at the beginning of the period. Any homework submitted after the tardy bell will be marked LATE and can only earn a maximum grade of 75.   

 

Tardy—Three (3) unexcused tardies during a six weeks period will result in one absence and lunch detention.  Excessive tardiness will NOT be tolerated. 

 

Restroom Breaks—Students are allowed only 2 (two) restroom breaks per nine-weeks period.  Therefore, plan your restroom breaks wisely.  If at any time students abuse this privilege, restroom break will not be allowed. 

 

Cheating/Plagiarism—“Sometimes, all you have this world is your WORD and your BACK, and you shouldn’t have to break them for nobody.” (Tony Montana, Scarface)  Thus, dishonesty is like murder.  So don’t even think about it.

 

Required School Supplies

Please bring the following items with you EVERYDAY

1. pen / pencil

2. 90-page spiral notebook

3. Loose-leaf paper

 

 
                                                                                                                                          
 
ECONOMICS REQUIRED SEMESTER GRADES

 

During the 2013-14 school year, you will be required to complete a variety of research and group oriented assignments.  Further detail regarding these required semester assignments are outlined below.

 

Required grades in 1st nine-weeks
1) Two major projects (20% of total grade each, for a total of 40% of grade)
     Project #1: In groups of three, complete an advertising project.

     Project #2: In pairs, you must complete a budgeting exercise by planning a vacation for Spring Break 2013.

 

2) Four smaller individual projects (5% of total grade each for a total of 20% of grade)


3) 1st Nine-weeks Exam

Required grades in 2nd nine-weeks
1) A Stock Market Project. (20% of grade)

2) Detailed paper on the effects of the individual, state, nation and world on an economic issue. (10% of grade)


3) Semester Final Exam (25%)

                                                                                                      GOVERNMENT REQUIRED SEMESTER GRADES
During the 2013-14 school year, you will be required to complete a variety of research and group oriented assignments.  Further detail regarding these required semester assignments are outlined below.

 

 

Required grades in 1st nine-weeks

1) Mock Executive participation and reflection paper
2) Mock congress participation and reflection paper
3) Executive and Legislative Exams
4) Six letters to elected officials-two to federal officials, two to state officials and two to local officials.

5) 1st nine-weeks exam

 

Required grades in 2nd nine-weeks

1) Watch two hours of C-SPAN, C-SPAN TWO or Court TV and write an evaluation paper.
2) Write an evaluation paper on the responses received from the letters written in the previous quarter.
3) Mock Supreme Court and reflection paper
4) Write a paper detailing your view on a political issue.
5) Semester Final Exam