Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Economics/Government 2019-2020

Economics/Government ~ 2019-2020 Syllabus

Instructor:  Mrs. Sonya Trosper
Classroom: 126
Office Phone:  (360) 491-2966, ext. 126

In-Class Materials:
·        Textbooks: Economics, BJU Press; American Government, BJU Press
·        Binder for with a section for notes, homework, and tests
·        Composition book or notebook for class notes
Course Description:
First semester will focus on how economic principles permeate many of the decisions we make in life.  We will start with establishing the basics of economic terminology, and then proceed through these economic principles, seeing how they measure up to the underlying principles of Christian values.  Personal finance is incorporated into the course through Financial Fridays, which focus on a different topic each Friday.  Students will be completing a research paper during this semester.       
During second semester, students will explore the beginnings of the American political system, the basic principles of democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizens according to the Constitution.  Students will also examine the U.S. party system, campaigns, elections, and the three branches of government. 

Course Objectives:
1. To learn how the American economic system works, how it compares to other countries and cultures in the world today and in the past, and how we can learn good stewardship with our resources. 
2. To gain an inclusive understanding of the American government, political, and economic systems, and the standard workings of each.   
3. To interpret and determine our role in government, whether it is a simple knowledge basis of the system, or participation through some degree of political activism. 
4. To experience firsthand the impact of government in our lives and determine the importance of our knowledge of its daily application. 

Class Rules:
No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety, or well-being of anyone in this classroom.  Beverages with a lid are allowed.

Class Website:
Major course documents, such as the syllabus will be available on the blog:  This page will be updated with information about assignment due dates, class activities, helpful resources, etc.

Class Notes:
You may keep these in your binder. Take notes on the media presentations and lectures. Be diligent—anything you see on the board, anything you see on a Power Point presentation or DVD, and anything you hear discussed in class is fair game for a quiz question.

Students must be seated and ready to work when the bell rings. Please do not ask to go to the restroom during class. If you have been ill and require special restroom privileges, talk to me or have a parent email me. Often the content of class discussions will show up on tests and quizzes. Therefore, it is important that you talk to your classmates to find out what was discussed if you are absent.
Late Assignments
All work is due on the date assigned. Work turned in one day late will receive 50% credit. After this, no late work is accepted. Missing assignments will show a zero in the grade book and will cause a grade to drop. 

Make Up Work
If you have an excused absence for illness, you have a grace period equal to the number of days of your absence in order to complete the work assigned in class on those days. (Ex: if you miss two days of class, you have two days to complete the work.)  You are responsible for scheduling a time to take missed tests/quizzes within a week of your return and for getting your own make-up work on the first day back from your absence.  Assignments that are due on the date of an excused absence are due upon returning from the absence. You will not be given extended time on previously assigned papers, essays, and projects unless you receive permission. This is for exceptional situations, not a cold or the flu.
If you know you will be missing school for vacations, appointments, or other activities, it is your responsibility to get your assignments beforehand as soon as you know you will be gone. Work is due upon your return to class.
School-Related Absences: If you know you will be leaving school early for sport meets/games, doctor/dentist appointments, etc. you are still responsible for turning in your work before you leave campus and for getting your new assignments before you leave campus.
An unexcused absence will receive a zero on all class work, participation, homework due, and homework assigned for that day.

Grading Scale & Components
Grading in this class is on a total points system, with the weight in the point value of the assignment. All assignments are grouped into the following categories:
Daily work (45% of overall grade) and Tests/Quizzes (55% of overall grade).

 A      93-100%
A-     90-92%
B+    88-89%
B      82-87%
B-     80-81%
C+    78-79%
C     72-77%
C-    70-71%
D+   68-69%
D     62-67%
D-    60-61%
F      0-59%

In the event of cheating or plagiarism, the student will immediately fail the assignment. Additional consequences will be decided by the administration.

Cheating includes: direct copying of assignments, copying or use of cheat-sheets on tests, and turning in any work that is not solely one’s own

Plagiarism includes: copying texts without citing the sources, using someone else’s intellectual work without giving him/her credit, papers purchased or downloaded from the Internet, and papers written or revised by another student, past or present

Unless specifically told otherwise, assume that all work must be completed individually. When permitted to work together, it is NOT acceptable to have word-for-word matching answers on separate assignments unless previously authorized by the teacher

Student and Parent Agreement—DUE Tuesday, September 10, 2019

By signing this document, I affirm that I understand the policies set forth by NCHS as well as those added by the Government/Economics instructor, specifically, the policy on plagiarism, the grading and late work policy, and the course schedule. I agree to abide by the school and class rules. I have read, I understand, and I accept the academic responsibilities of this course.

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