Week 3 – Economics

  • Monday – Unit 1 Test/Budget Project
    • Topics Included:
      • Scarcity
      • Three Economic Questions
      • 4 Economic Systems
      • Wants v. Needs
      • Production Possibilities
      • Trade-offs
      • Opportunity Cost
    • Work on Budget Project in Lab 2048
      • Project not due until December but you need to be finishing up topics on your project.
      • Make sure you have your apartment and utilities taken care of by now.
      • Look for the post from last week to find weblinks to help you do the project.
  • Tuesday – Start Unit 2 – Microeconomics: Supply and Demand
    • Circular Flow of Economic Activity
      • Image result for circular flow of economic activity
    • Get new set of Vocab for Unit 2
  • Wednesday – Unit 2 – Demand
    • Law of Demand
    • Law of Supply
    • Law Posters
  • Thursday – Unit 2
    • Unit 2 Vocab Quiz Part 1
    • Get new Unit 2 Vocab Part 2
    • What is the difference between a change and a shift?
    • Graphing problems
  • Friday – Unit 2
    • Graph quiz
    • Market in Wheat Game!

Budget Project

Budget Project Click Here!

  • If you want to make edits directly on the document so you can save it online follow these directions:
    • Click on “File” in the top left corner of the page.
    • Click on “Make a Copy…”
    • A box will pop up with the name of the file (you can change it to whatever you would like to name it).
    • Click “Ok”
    • You have your own copy now!
  • If you want a google account to save everything, we really recommend it. It automatically saves everything you do without having to actually click a button to save it. You can access it from anywhere including your phone or any computer you go to.

Helpful Links for your Project:

  • Apartment Websites:
  • Utilities Websites:
    • Electric Bill Estimator (you input the information into the website and it will calculate your bill for you, then you can print the page and you will have proof of your bill amount)
      •  http://laneelectric.com/tools/bill-estimator/ (copy and paste this link to get to the bill calculator
    • Natural Gas: you probably don’t have this if you live in an apartment. If you do, use the link below to help you calculate your bill.
    • Water Bill Estimator (you put in the amount of water you will use into the CCF box and then it will calculate your payment, then you can print the page and you will have proof of your bill amount) Water Bill Estimator
    • Garbage is normally included with your apartment cost. If you live in a house or townhome, it’s usually separate. Here are some websites you can use to find costs:
    • Internet/Cable/Home Phone: you can use your bills from home if you have them. You can bundle these in any combination you wish. If you have Netflix, you must have internet. No, you may not steal internet. 🙂
    • Cell Phone: you are no longer on your parent’s family plan. You may get a family plan with your roommate if you want to lower the cost. Use whatever plan you want.
    • For the rest of the utilities, you can use whatever information you have including what you use at home. Ask if you have questions.
  • Vehicle Websites:
  • Car Payment Calculator:
    • Car Payment Calculator
      • Adjust the price of the car to the total amount of your car.
      • Leave credit rating at Good
      • Change down payment to $0
      • Change term length to 48 months

Week 1 – Economics

  • Monday – Welcome to Economics!
    • Syllabus – here is the link to the syllabus
    • Budget Project – this is the only major project you will have in Economics.  It won’t be due until December, but it’s a MAJOR project and not something you can complete overnight.  We start work on October 5th (that’s this Thursday)
    • Economic Way of Thinking (EWOT) – what is it and how do you get your brain in this mode of thinking?
  • Tuesday – Unit 1 – Fundamentals
    • Vocab Packets
    • Unit 1 Packets
    • Fundamentals = basics of Economics.  What is Economics all about and what will be doing for the rest of the semester with the basics?
      • Notes from Page 1 of your Unit 1 Packet:
        • Three economic questions
        • Scarcity
        • Five basic economic goals
        • Four economic systems
  • Wednesday – continue Unit 1
    • Features of American Free Enterprise – graphic organizer in your packet
    • Chapter 2: Section 2 Notes in your Unit 1 packet
      • Why markets exist – specialization
      • Free market economy
      • The Self-Regulating Nature of the Marketplace (Self-Interest and Competition)
    • Production Possibilities Curves page in your Unit 1 packet
  • Thursday – Computer Lab 2048
  • Friday – continue Unit 1
    • Unit 1 Vocab Quiz – Vocab Part 1 Packet is due today
    • Get Unit 1 Vocab Part 2 Packet – quiz on these words Tuesday
    • Econoland!!!! – game that shows you how the factors of production work with production possibilities

Government – Week 6

  • Monday – Labor Day – No School!
  • Tuesday – Computer Lab 2048
    • Presidents Projects – due September 15th!
  • Wednesday – Roles of the President
    • We’ll discuss the 7 roles below and then do an activity to make sure we understand what each role actually means.
    • Chief Executive
    • Chief of State
    • Commander in Chief
    • Chief Diplomat
    • Chief Legislator
    • Chief of the Party
    • Chief Administrator
  • Thursday – Unit 4 Quiz – Vocab
    • Vocab Quiz will be first over Unit 4
    • Packet finish up day – we’ll finish up worksheets in the packet to get ready for the test on Friday (tomorrow)
  • Friday – Unit 4 Test
    • Packet and Vocabulary are due BEFORE the test

Presidents Projects

Research Sites for Projects:

Make sure you answer each section of the project THOROUGHLY.  I’m listing them below to remind you of what you have to get done.

  • Term
  • Popular and Electoral votes
  • Political Party Affiliation
  • Vice President
  • Congress (friendly or unfriendly toward the President)
  • Any Supreme Court Appointees
  • Any Changes to the Constitution
  • Major Achievements in Foreign Policy
  • Major Legislation Passed
  • Major Achievements Domestically
  • World Events Dealt with (i.e. war, famine, etc.)

You are creating a poster with all the information on it somehow.  You can add pictures to help represent topics about your president but you need to give an explanation of what each picture is representing.

EVERYTHING must be cited.  EVERYTHING must be cited. EVERYTHING must be cited.

Due September 15th.  IT CANNOT BE TURNED IN LATE!

Government – Week 5

  • Monday – Review for Unit 3 Test
    • We’ll review everything that could come up on the Unit 3 Test over the Legislative Branch
  • Tuesday – Unit 3 Test – Legislative Branch
  • Wednesday – Start Unit 4 – Executive Branch (Early Release Day)
    • Vocab Posters – you’ll each get a word from the vocabulary list and you’ll make your vocab poster for the word wall.
    • Presidential Succession Order – If something happens to the President, who takes over and what is the chain of command that chooses who comes up next?
    • Qualifications to be President and Vice President – what does it take to be President or Vice President?
  • Thursday – Powers and Roles of the President
    • What powers does the President have?
    • What are the 6 main Roles of the President?
      • We’ll do an activity in class where you must identify the Role of the President and match it up.
  • Friday – Vice President’s Jobs and Administration
    • What is the job of the Vice President?
    • What does it mean when they say “Administration?” – who makes up the Administration and what is their role in the Executive Office?

Open House

Welcome Parents!!!  

  • Here are some links to the syllabus for Government and Economics:
  • Government will end on September 22nd (Fall Break) and Economics will start on October 2nd.
  • There is an EOC (End of Course Exam) for Economics in December that will count for 20% of their final average.
  • Exam Info:
    • Government final exam will be on September 20th
      • 20% of final average
      • May exempt if they qualify BUT they will not be able to exempt any of their other finals in December if they choose Government.
    • Economics EOC will be on December 12th
      • 20% of final average
      • May not exempt due to it being a standardized test
  • Major Projects: (worth 15% of final average)
    • Government:
      • Presidents’ Project – your student has been assigned a President and are doing research on the administration of that President.
      • Project Instructions
      • Grading Rubric
      • We work on this in class usually once a week.
    • Economics:
      • Budget Project – your student will be assigned a salary and they will have to figure out life including paying bills, finding a place to live, buying a car, paying insurance and taxes, buying groceries, etc.
      • Budget Project Worksheets
      • We work on this in class usually once a week.
    • Both projects are a major chunk of their grade and require students to do research HOWEVER, we do give them more than enough in class time to work on it. Don’t let them give you excuses about not having enough time.
    • No major supplies are needed for either project.  Poster board for the Presidents’ Project and nothing for the Budget Project.

Government – Week 4

  • Monday: Eclipse Day
    • Computer Lab 2048 – work on Presidents’ Projects
  • Tuesday: Congressional Powers/How a Bill Becomes a Law
    • “Development of Congressional Powers” – we’ll work on this page in the packet first to set up how Congress divides power between the two houses.
    • How a Bill Becomes a Law – we watched “I’m Just a Bill” last week and now we need to discuss the actual steps for a bill to become a law.
  • Wednesday: Influencing Congress
    • What influences Congress and how have they been accomplishing ideas in the real world?
    • What has the current administration been doing to pass legislation?
  • Thursday: Vocab Quiz
    • Quiz over the following words:
      • Bicameral legislature
      • Session
      • Census
      • Reapportionment
      • Incumbent
      • Constituents
      • Caucus
      • Majority leader
      • Whips
      • Bill
      • President
      • President pro-tempore
      • Filibuster
      • Veto
      • Pocket veto
    • How a Bill Becomes a Law Activity
  • Friday: Review for test on Monday
    • Unit 3 Test – entire packet and vocabulary must be finished for Monday
      • We’ll make sure you have all the necessary information for the test on Monday.
      • We’ll probably play a review game…

Government – Week 3

  • Monday – Continue Unit 2
    • Finish working on Body Biographies – Political Parties
    • Work on Unit 2 Packets
      • Specifically get the pages on Party Organization and Nominating Candidates finished.  Use the textbook to help you answer those pages.
    • Vocab Posters – As we do with every unit, I will assign you a vocab word from our list and you will make your vocab poster to hang on the board in the room.
  • Tuesday – Continue notes from last Thursday
    • Unit 2 Note Guide
      • This is the note guide we started taking notes on last Thursday.  We’ll continue talking about political ideology and how your political socialization has shaped the way you developed your political ideology.
    • Political Socialization – how have the people and experiences in your life shaped the way you identify with politics?
    • Unit 2 Vocab Quiz – we’ll have a quiz over vocabulary from this unit.  We’ll go over specific words in class that will be on the quiz.
  • Wednesday – Public Opinion and the Media
    • Public Opinion – we’ll review the pages in your packet over public opinion and discuss how this affects political socialization as well as the goals of political parties in general.
    • Media Impact – we’ll discuss how the media impacts our views of the government and what their responsibilities are regarding their role in political behavior.
    • Test Review (kahoot?) – we’ll review everything you need to know for the test tomorrow.
      • Vocabulary
      • Public Opinion
      • Party Organization
      • Nominating Candidates
      • Media Impact
  • Thursday – Test over Unit 2
    • When you finish your test, you’ll go ahead and get your Unit 3 Packets so you can start looking it over and working on the vocabulary.
  • Friday – Unit 3 – Legislative Branch
    • Vocab Posters – time for a new word from the Vocabulary to be put up on our word wall
    • Congress – what is the breakdown of our Congress?  What are their jobs and roles in our government system?  How do they compare to the rest of the government in the checks and balances system?

Government – Week 2

  • Monday – Computer Lab 2048
  • Tuesday – Test Review
    • Packets will be finished today
    • We will go through each part of the test to make sure everything is good to go for the test on Wednesday
  • Wednesday – Unit 1 Test – How did our government form?
    • Types of Government – Autocracy, Oligarchy, Monarchy
    • Political Philosophers – Locke, Rousseau, Montesquieu
    • Influential Documents – Code of Hammurabi, Magna Carta, 1628 Petition of Rights, 1689 Bill of Rights
    • Declaration of Independence – What are the major parts of the Declaration that split us from Great Britain?
    • Articles of Confederation – how did we change the Articles to form our Constitution and make it a better document for our country?
    • Great Compromise – how did we combine the Virginia Plan with the New Jersey Plan to create our voting system?
    • Checks and Balances – how does each branch of the government help and check each other?
    • Marbury v. Madison – Judicial Review
    • McCulloch v. Maryland – Necessary and Proper Clause
  • Thursday – Start Unit 2 – Political Behavior
    • Word Wall Vocab Posters – same as Unit 1 procedures
    • Political Ideology Survey – which political party do you line up with?
      • Does Republican and Democrat matter or does Liberal and Conservative matter?
    • Political Parties – Republican, Democrat, Other
  • Friday – Continue Unit 2
    • Nominating Candidates – how do you nominate a candidate?  How does a candidate win an election?
    • Political Socialization – what causes you to choose your political leanings?
      • Post-it activity – anonymously put up beliefs that have developed political socialization.
    • Start Body Biographies – Political Parties
      • You’ll work in groups to draw a body biography on the different major political parties in the United States.  You’ll show how they differ from one another in their fundamental beliefs.

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