College Placement Civics & Economics
Welcome to Civ/Econ! You have made it. This will be your last required history class. As soon to be graduates, you need a good basic understanding of what it takes to be a responsible citizen. This class will help you achieve that goal.
You will want to keep an eye on this page. As the class progresses this year, more and more information will be posted on-line. My motto used to be "Kill trees for history", but I am hoping we will be able to actually save some by using the technology tools available to us.
Standards based grading
Students' grades are based on demonstrating understanding of the Civ/Econ and Common Core Social Science Standards. This method uses a 4 point rubric (see file on the right), which can be converted to traditional letter grades. Since the goal is standards mastery, students can continually try to improve the grade throughout the year. For example, a student demonstrated a 2 on one of the standards at the beginning of the year. At the end of the year, that student completes work showing a 3 level understanding.
Tale of Two Textbooks
We will be using two textbooks in this class: Holt's Economics (big green book) and TCI's Economics Alive!. The majority of the class presentations, assignments, etc. will come from Economics Alive!.
Through out 1st Semester (Economics), you will be exploring different aspects of Financial Literacy. Financial Literacy is the ability to manage the money skills you will need in the adult world. The semester will cap off with individual projects demonstrating your understanding of the required skills as well as some of your and financial goals.
During 2nd Semester (Civics) you will be working on a short research paper. The ability to research information, evaluate it, synthesize it and present it are essential skill for not only college but many workplaces. After the research paper assignment, you will feel more prepared for your college/career goals.