Economics: Class Requirements and Expectations

Juniors and Seniors Paynesville High School


Ms. Knoll

Course Description:

Economics is the study of how a society distributes its limited resources to meet the needs and wants of its citizens. This is a semester long course that will give an overview of macroeconomics, microeconomics, and personal finance. The laws of supply and demand, various economic systems, factors of production, investing versus saving, and the interrelationship of economic principles will be reviewed and discussed.

There will be two major projects associated with this class. One will be related to personal financial literacy and the other will be related to globalization. Both of these projects will be research based projects. There will be several presentation options for the student to choose from to complete these assignments.

All assignments, tests, quizzes, etc. will be given a point value. The total points will be placed into the grading scale and then assigned a grade for the class. The grading scale is listed later on this paper.

Students are expected to complete all course work on time as assigned. NO LATE PAPERS! If a student is absent the day work is due, it is their responsibility to get the assignment turned in ASAP upon return to school. All make-up work due to absences is the responsibility of the student.

Areas of Graded Work:

1)      Daily work: A variety of assignments will be part of the expected daily work category. These include but are not limited to daily notebook assignments studyguides, worksheets, etc. The point value for these will vary.


2)      Drop Quizzes: These are unannounced quizzes given periodically to check the students understanding on materials that have been assigned or covered previously. These quizzes will be worth 10 points each. The lowest quiz grade for the quarter will not be calculated into your quarter grade. Since the lowest grade is dropped for the quarter, there will not be an opportunity to make up a missed drop quiz.



3)      Announced Quizzes: These are mini-tests that will be announced. A variety of point values will be assigned to Announced Quizzes.


4)      Test: These are given at the end of a chapter or related sections of chapters or units. The point value given to these tests will vary from 50 to 75 points. There will be a wide range of types of questions on the tests such as true or false, matching, completion, short answer, listing, etc.



5)      Projects and Major Papers: These are usually related to the topics we are covering in class. There will be a variety of options and point values based on the projects or major papers.



Grading Scale: This course is based on total accumulated points. Every graded assignment will be assigned a point value and then based on the following scale. Student grades will be updated at least once a week and posted on our on-line grading program so that parents as well as students will be able to keep track of student progress (both scores and completion of assignments).

A:   100% - 96%

                        A-:    95% - 92%


B+ :  91% - 89%

B:     88% - 85%

                        B-:    84% - 82%


C+:   81% - 78%

C:    77% - 74%

C-:   73% - 70%

D+:  69% - 65%

D:    64% - 60%

F:    59% - 0 %

Students will receive the grade they earn in this class. It is your responsibility to get the work completed and turn in on time. If you don’t understand the requirements, it is your responsibility to inquire.

Google Docs: Students will be given information about my Google Docs pages. The goal in using Google Docs for my High School class is twofold: 1) to introduce the students to the technology that will be a common part of their future educational experience 2) to provide the opportunity for the class to move toward a paperless work environment.

This will be an important resource for students and parents because it will have copies of worksheets, study guides, Current Event forms, and PowerPoint notes that can be downloaded from the site. This will provide a better method for the students to stay organized. Advantages associated with the use of Google Docs include: it is a free web-based service that can be accessed from any computer, the documents stored on Google Docs are web-based so it is not dependent on your computer staying updated, and it allows several generations of computers to interface efficiently.

Economic students will need to set up an account for Google Docs and use it to turn in all major assignments. (If a student does not have internet access at home, please contact me so that we can work out an alternate method of assignment completion.)

Class Expectations: The Student Handbook lists the school policies as they apply to the students of Paynesville Area Schools. Each teacher will have their own expectations for the student in their classroom. These are mine!

1) Students are expected to come to class prepared to learn. This means you have all your materials, completed assignments, and any other resources needed to successfully participate in class.

2) Respectful behavior is expected of all students. Respect other students, teachers, opinions, and property.

3) Cheating is unacceptable in any way, shape or form. Parents will be notified if their student has been caught cheating. Consequences will follow school policy.



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