You will learn the Michigan High School Content Expectations in civics and economics.
We will do civics (government) mainly in semester one.
We will do economics in semester two before the SAT/MME test in early April.
After that you will learn about state and local governments and about real-life economics.


Your quarter (term) grade is determined on a percentage-of-total-points basis. The standard Escanaba District grading scale applies.

Roughly half your grade will come from work, half from tests/quizzes. I'll arrange the points so they work out about right. You'll receive 3% extra for doing in-class ungraded work and practice, assuming you regularly work. If you do not, you'll receive less, or nothing.

Work will consist of journaling three or four times per week on a topic; see instructions elsewhere on this site. Work will also include larger writing assignments and projects. Late work (not ready when it is called for, even if just in your locker) will be docked 10% each day, unless you were excused absent. Tests/quizzes may be made up -- assuming you're excused absent -- within one week. They must be done before or after school. Not lunch. Tell me when you'll come in, to make sure I don't have a meeting then.

Your semester grade will be 40% from each quarter, 20% from the semester exam.

Extra Credit

You can earn up to 30 points of extra credit per quarter. Each item is worth up to 10 points each. You may mix-n-match and do several of either kind below to get to 30. Your options:

I. Attend a government meeting (school board, city council, etc.); have the agenda signed by one of the officials; turn it in with your name on it; and tell us what occurred, and your impressions of it. Bingo, 10 points.


II. Read and Write

A.Read an article of at least 500 words about government or economics

B. Cite the article properly according to MLA format.

C. Write at least one page typed of your thoughts regarding what you read.
Summarize in no more than three sentences. If I want to know more, I'll read the article itself.
THEN: Write some thoughts. Think about how what you read might affect your life or others' lives; its implications for (possible effects on) the future, etc. Are there biases in the article? Do you have any emotional reactions to it?
Be organized. Use paragraphs. Don't just ramble.

D. Up to 10 points., based on how well you do.