Teacher: Mr. David Clagett
Room: 124 (period 2); 237 (period 9)
Course Objectives: By the end of the semester, students will be able to…
• illustrate how scarcity and opportunity cost impact individual and business decision-making.
• compare and contrast major economic systems.
• demonstrate a basic understanding of the American free enterprise system.
• analyze how the forces of supply and demand affect individuals and businesses.
• explain the basic purposes of money and the impact of inflation.
• evaluate economic productivity using common indicators.
• summarize major changes to the American labor force over the past 50 years.
• describe the development of unions in the U.S. and the impact of legislation on the labor movement.
• analyze the role of government in our modern economy.
• critique arguments for and against free trade.
Course Description: This academic course is designed as an introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of economics, and in particular those that are basic to the American economic system. Topics include: the market system; the roles of business, labor, and government; money and banking; economic growth and stability; unemployment and poverty; fiscal and monetary policy; federal, state and local tax structure; national economic institutions; international trade; and financial literacy skills.
Online Textbook: Economics: Concepts and Choices, 2011 ed., Holt McDougal
5 Simple Expectations:
#1 – You will arrive on time, properly dressed (see student handbook), and prepared to work.
#2 – You will treat everyone with respect.
#3 – You will use technology appropriately.
#4 – No food.
#5 – No whining!
I expect you to bring…
ü your class binder with lined paper
ü your daily economics journal (I will provide you with the pages you will complete, but you are responsible for
providing the three-fastener folder to house them)
ü a pen or pencil.
Class Work: We will have class work every class. Students are required to have the appropriate supplies as well as a positive attitude to complete their class work. Unless indicated otherwise, all assignments must be handwritten.
Daily Economics Journal: Students are responsible for maintaining a class journal using the forms provided in class and a three-prong folder that they are responsible for providing. Each day, students will copy the day’s objective; copy and answer the warm-up question; and, copy and answer the reflection question. Journals will be collected intermittently throughout the semester to be graded.
Financial Literacy Requirement: As high school seniors, it is critical that students develop basic personal finance skills as they enter prepare to enter the world of college and work. Students are responsible for successfully completing the EverFi online course and receiving their certification in financial capability.
Homework: Homework is a necessary extension of the learning that takes place in the classroom. Unless indicated otherwise, all assignments must be handwritten. Homework that is submitted late will receive half credit unless it is the result of an excused absence.
Tests and Quizzes: Tests and quizzes will be a mix of multiple choice questions, matching, short answer questions, and essay questions. During testing and quiz sessions, students may not have out any electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, calculators, cameras, iPods, gaming devices, etc.) or non-test materials (books, magazines, newspapers, notebooks, planners, etc.) This policy is in effect during the session from the initial distribution of testing materials to the collection of testing materials from ALL students. Students in violation will receive a ZERO on the assessment NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
Attendance and Make-up Work: Consistent attendance is essential for students to maximize their academic success. However, some excused absences may be unavoidable due to field trips, athletic events, illness, medical appointments, or family emergencies. In such cases, it is important that students promptly seek to obtain make-up work upon their return. Students are responsible for completing a make-up work request form for each of the days missed and submitting it in the make-up work request drop box. The requested assignments will then be placed within their personal make-up file for them to retrieve.
Grading: A point system is utilized to determine a student’s grade. Daily homework, classroom activities, assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests are assigned appropriate point values. The total points earned by a student in a report period are divided by the total possible points and a percentage is computed. Total points per report period may vary depending upon the content and activities involved. Grades are updated regularly and are available at - https://powerschool.pt-sd.org/public/
Grading Scale: 90-100% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; 59-below = F
Final Grade: A student’s final grade for the course is computed using the grade points (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) from each of the two quarters and the final exam using the formula below.
(2xQ1) + (2xQ2) + (1xExam)
“B.Y.O.D.”: Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, Peters Township High School adopted a new policy on personal technology devices (laptops, tablets, etc.): “Students are permitted to bring their own technology devices to school for educational use as authorized by school administration and as defined by individual classroom teachers.” Students are expected to use the technology responsibly as directed by the teacher. Unauthorized use, off task behavior (games, emailing, tweeting, IM-ing, etc.), classroom disruption, or accessing inappropriate content may be punished with disciplinary action.
Home Access to Technology: Some homework assignments may require students to access the internet. Students will need to begin thinking about how they will gain access. If the internet is unavailable at home, students need to either make arrangements with friends and relatives or make use of the community or school libraries. Some assignments may also require the use of a printer.
Disclaimer: This syllabus is not a contract, but rather a guide to course procedures on attendance, requirements, grading, and objectives. The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus when conflicts, emergencies, or situations arise that necessitate a change.
*My Personal Promise to You*
“I am very excited to work with you this year to see that you achieve the course objectives. I will work to make lessons effective, relevant, and ultimately memorable. I will also do my best to treat you fairly and help you to become a socially responsible, globally-aware citizen.”
- Mr. Clagett