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									                            MIRA MESA HIGH SCHOOL
                           10510 Reagan Road • San Diego, CA • 92126                         PHONE (858) 566-2262
                                                                                               FAX (858) 549-9541

  Economics/American Government Syllabus And Course Requirement
                              (Economics – Semester 1/Government – Semester 2)

Course: Economics/American Government, Grade 12
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will examine ideas such as Supply & Demand, Fiscal/Monetary Policy,
Trade Unionism, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and the Global Economy. Students will master
fundamental economic concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, and equations) from other subject areas to
the understanding of operations and institutions of economic systems. Studied in a historic context are the basic
economic principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic
systems, measurement, and methods. Student will also engage in a curriculum rich in financial literacy that will
expose them to the financial market, credit ratings and interest rates, and personal finance.
Principles of Economics Course Standards:                        12.4 Students analyze the elements of the U.S. labor
Students who have successfully completed the course              market in a global setting.
will be able to:                                                 12.5 Students analyze the aggregate economic behavior
12.1 Students understand common economic terms and               of the U.S. economy.
concepts and economic reasoning.                                 12.6 Students analyze issues of international trade and
12.2 Students analyze the elements of America's market           explain how the U.S. economy affects, and is affected
economy in a global setting.                                     by, economic forces beyond the United States’ borders.
12.3 Students analyze the influence of the federal
government on the American economy.
        In addition to studying economic in grade twelve, students will also master the fundamentals of
American Government in the second semester, which is a required course. It is designed to acquaint the student
with the foundations of American Government; the Constitution and the corresponding impact on current
government policies and politics; the organization of federal, state, and local governments; and the multifaceted
role people have in politics.
        Students in Grade 12 pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American
government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and
changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative,
executive, and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship
among federal, state, and local governments, with particular attention paid to important historical
documents such as the Federalist Papers. These standards represent the culmination of civic literacy as
students prepare to vote, participate in community activities, and assume the responsibilities of
citizenship. (California History-Social Science Standards and Social Science Framework)

American Government Course Standards: Students                   5. Students analyze the aggregate economic behavior of
who have successfully completed the course will be able          the U.S. economy.
to:                                                              6. Students analyze issues of international trade and
1. Students understand common economic terms and                 explain how the U.S. economy affects, and is affected
concepts and economic reasoning.                                 by, economic forces beyond the United State’s borders.
2. Students analyze the elements of America's market             7. More effectively and critically gather data, analyze
economy in a global setting.                                     this information, and develop strategies to
3. Students analyze the influence of the federal                    understand and participate in U.S. politics.
government on the American economy.                              8. Discuss the history of the Constitution, with its
4. Students analyze the elements of the U.S. labor market        inherent conflicts, ambiguities and omissions.
in a global setting.                                             9. Understand the various forms of government that have
                                                                 existed in the U.S.

                            MIRA MESA HIGH SCHOOL
                           10510 Reagan Road • San Diego, CA • 92126                         PHONE (858) 566-2262
                                                                                               FAX (858) 549-9541

10. Comprehend the ongoing development of civil rights           12. Understand the election and electoral system, it
and liberties under the Constitution and the                     strengths, weakness and idiosyncrasies.
  coping with bigotry, prejudice and discrimination.             13. Appreciate the duties and responsibilities of the
11. Discuss the political party system, its evolution and        president and executive branch.
changing ideology over time.                                     14. Comprehend the structure and functioning of the
                                                                 court system of the federal judiciary.

   Course Textbook:
   Economics – O'Sullivan, Sheffrin, Economics: Principles in Action, Prentice, 2003
   American Government - Remy, Richard C., United States Government: Democracy in Action, Glencoe-
   McGraw Hill, New York, 2003

   Course Methods:
       Lectures
       Assigned readings in the textbook and outside sources taken from primary and secondary historical
       Class discussion relating to assigned reading from text and outside reading material.
       Quizzes and tests with subjective and objective types of questions.
       Homework including both assigned readings and written responses.
       Group oral reports, Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations, multimedia or posters.

   Keys to success: Successful students come to class every day, participate wholeheartedly with their team,
   and are prepared with all materials and tasks ready when they walk into the room. Pencils are sharpened,
   the student is attentive and notebooks and books are open when the bell rings.

   Class Policies – Expectations – Consequences: All policies published in the MMHS Student/Parent
   Handbook are followed.

     Attendance/Tardiness/Truancy: Daily attendance is essential for individual academic success and for
     class teams to work effectively in Principles of Economics and American Government. Roll call is called
     immediately after the bell. To avoid being marked absent, the student must answer when his/her name is
     called and be in his/her assigned seat. Students who arrive more than 29 min. late are marked absent
     and may be considered truant.

     Absences: Students must call a team member to be updated on the work of the team, to get a copy of any
     class notes and to receive any new assignments. Copies of handouts can be obtained from a team member
     or from the class website (when posting handouts online is possible). For all other assignments, contact
     your Study Buddy for notes. Assessments and assignments must be submitted on the day of return or by
     revised due date arranged with me. It is the student’s responsibility to remember to submit the assignment
     upon returning to MMHS. Please write “Absent” at the top of the submitted work to avoid late penalties.

     Tardiness: When a student is tardy, he/she is to report directly to class. The teacher will inform the
     student of the tardiness and assign the detention. One tardy equals 30 minutes of detention; one
     period truancy equals one hour of detention. Students may be requested to serve detention for a tardy
     on the same day the infraction occurred, and if the student is not present at the appointed time an
     additional detention will be assigned and/or a referral issued. Detentions will be served in Room 412 after
     school unless otherwise informed. Detentions cannot be cleared by serving them with another teacher
     without prior written approval from Ms. Kraus.
                           MIRA MESA HIGH SCHOOL
                          10510 Reagan Road • San Diego, CA • 92126                       PHONE (858) 566-2262
                                                                                            FAX (858) 549-9541

        Students with uncleared tardies will not be allowed to participate in specific activities, for example

**ACADEMIC HONESTY, PLAGIARISM, CHEATING: In an effort to maintain a high standard of
character education, ethics, and moral responsibility, MMHS has adopted an "Academic Honesty Policy".
Students are expected to do their own work and earn their own accomplishments. Students are expected to be
honest and trustworthy in all their endeavors. Students must abide by the MMHS Internet acceptable use
agreement. Plagiarism or cheating in any form is not acceptable. Plagiarism or cheating will result in a
grade of zero for the assignment and a lowered citizenship grade.
        1. Cheating: Copying another student's test, homework or written or oral work, submitting any work
        which has been previously submitted for another course or to another teacher.
        2. Plagiarism: Taking ideas, words, or concepts from ANY source without giving full credit to the
        source from which it was obtained. This includes paraphrasing ideas, words, or concepts without
        Penalties: If proven to be a violation, the teacher will, according to their classroom discipline plan,
evaluate the seriousness of the offense and determine what consequence the student will receive.
        Consequences include:
                  1. A failing grade (no points) on the assignment.
                  2. An automatic "N" or "U" citizenship grade for the quarter or semester.
                  3. A conference with parent, student, teacher, counselor, and vice principal.
                  4. An apology letter from the student which will be maintained at school.
                  5. Suspension from school and possible removal from class.
        **Excerpt from Mira Mesa High Student/Parent Handbook

Classroom policies: MMHS students are respectful and aware of themselves, all other persons, the
classroom and all the materials in the classroom.

Talking in Class:
1. Students will raise their hand and wait for permission to speak.
     Do not side talk. If you have a question, or a comment, raise your hand.
     Do participate in whole class and small group discussions, but wait to be called on.

NO Food, Drinks or Gum in Class
Dispose of the above BEFORE entering the classroom or put it in your backpack or purse.

Three Strikes Behavior Modification Process
First time      Name on the board and a warning, and 30 minutes detention in Room 412.
Second time: A check mark next to your name, a call to your parents, and 30 minutes detention in
                Room 412.
                     The student will be required to write standards commensurate to the offense.
Third time:     Two checks will be placed next to your name, and you will be assigned 45 minutes of
                detention in Room 412 or be assigned after school detention.
                     Your parents will be called, and a progress check denoting the incorrect behavior
                        will be sent home for parents’ signature.
                     *The student’s citizenship grade will be lower by one grade level.

Fourth time:      Automatic Referral – student will be sent to the appropriate Vice Principal.

                           MIRA MESA HIGH SCHOOL
                           10510 Reagan Road • San Diego, CA • 92126                     PHONE (858) 566-2262
                                                                                           FAX (858) 549-9541

Other                 1.   Use of curse words or vulgarities in class
Reasons for           2.   Defiance (includes cell phone/electronic device use).
Automatic             3.   Fighting
Referral:             4.   Graffiti/writing on tables
                      5.   Violating Acceptable Computer Use Policy (see school handbook)

Computer Use policies: To insure student safety and to maintain a clean and orderly environment that
promotes learning MMHS students are respectful and aware. MMHS students follow directions and use
equipment appropriately. Inappropriately accessing unauthorized websites, bulletin boards, blogs, mosquito
sites, etc… or changing computer settings will result in banishment from the use of computer related
BOTTLES. Leave backpacks/purses at your assigned seat in the lecture /indicated area of the
classroom/computer lab. Do NOT allow others to use your account or password.

Homework/Assignments: Online under Kraus, Class Name, Class News and on the whiteboard (usually
for the whole chapter). Projects are assigned days/weeks in advance depending on content of project.
Submitted homework falls into three categories:
         1. On time & Correct/Corrected = 100%
         2. Absent-Excused –Due upon return to school + # of days absent or by Contract date.
         3. Late. Late Work Policy: The following must be on a cover page stapled to the front of the
         late assignment in order for it to be considered:
                      The reason why it is late.
                      The solution to avoid a repeat.
                      Parent and student signatures to signify that the parent/guardian and student have
                         discussed the issue to avoid habitual late work.
Late work may be accepted at the discretion of the teacher. The highest possible score will be reduced by
50%. Excused absences are NOT late when submitted on the day the student returns to school; remember
to write “Absent” at the top of the submitted work.
For Field Trips or other planned absences, the work is due before the student leaves unless previously
arranged with me. When absent, the student must contact a Study Buddy or Team Leader to get notes and
Progress Reports: Any student whose scholarship falls below a “C” (2.0) or whose citizenship falls below
satisfactory (“S”) will receive a notice of unsatisfactory progress. Parents may request a Special Progress
report at anytime via a phone call, letter or e-mail. This Special Progress report indicates the current
scholarship grade in the class and the effort and attitude. If you have any questions or concerns, please call
me at 858-566-2262 ext 4412 or e-mail me. I will attempt to notify students/parents of any
concerns/problems in a timely manner.
                                                Grading System

90-100%         A
80-89           B
70-79           C
60-69           D
59 & lower      F

                         MIRA MESA HIGH SCHOOL
                        10510 Reagan Road • San Diego, CA • 92126                    PHONE (858) 566-2262
                                                                                       FAX (858) 549-9541

       1. tests/quizzes                              34%
       2. homework                                   33%
       3. projects & participation/effort            33%
2. Quizzes worth 10 to 50 points will be given to ensure that students have read assigned material.
3. Unit/Chapter Tests will range from 50 to 200 points in value depending on the size of the unit or
4. Notes, projects, research and exploratory papers, and presentations will be assigned to give students an
avenue for demonstrating their synthesis of the curriculum.
5. Some assignments will be group projects but will contain a separate grade for individual effort based on
teacher evaluation, self-evaluation by the student and peer evaluation. Point totals will range from 10 to
200 points each.
6. Homework is assigned usually about 3 times/week or one section per day. Students with completed
homework receive a stamp. Then we discuss that section and correct the homework in class and often
students correct his/her own answers. Students use the CORRECTED HOMEWORK AS A STUDY
GUIDE and bring it to class on the day of the test. Stamped and corrected homework earns full credit if
submitted on/by the day of the test. A chapter’s homework is worth 100 points.
6. PER DEPARTMENT POLICY: A final exam must be passed in order to pass the class. Since it will use
questions that we have discussed in class, covered in homework and studied, all students should succeed.

EXTRA CREDIT: Is offered to the class as a whole numerous times (usually each chapter) throughout
each semester. It is to encourage and reward EXTRA EFFORT not serve as a last-ditch effort to pass
because you goofed off all semester.

EXCESSIVE GOOFING OFF: First, I speak with the Senior Student one-on-one to discuss
specifically what needs to change, how and when. If there is no improvement, I contact parents to
develop a three-pronged Plan for Success.

                                   AND TO GRADUATE.
                         WE WILL NOT QUIT SHORT OF THAT GOAL.

                         MIRA MESA HIGH SCHOOL
                        10510 Reagan Road • San Diego, CA • 92126                    PHONE (858) 566-2262
                                                                                       FAX (858) 549-9541

**Citizenship Grading Policy: Every student is expected to follow the MMHS citizenship policy
– See Student Handbook on Attendance & Citizenship. Citizenship grades are issued every six (6) weeks
which start at the beginning of every grading period. The maximum possible grade will be determined by
attendance combined with the items below. All excused absences must be cleared within 72 hours. All
cheating is not tolerated and will be addressed accordingly by administration. The following four (4)
criteria will be used to determine whether or not the citizenship grade will be further reduced:
Participation in Learning, Follows Classroom Rules, Displays on-tasks Behaviors, and is Respectful
to others.
      Participation in Learning means:
                  Student is active during class discussions
                  Student is constantly paying attention
                  (No electronic devices in class - Cell Phone/electronic devices are off upon entering
                  classroom AND REMAIN OFF – not just on Vibrate)
                  Student attempts to respond to teacher verbal and written prompts.
      Follows Classroom Rules means:
                  1. Come prepared to class – Homework completed and appropriate materials, i.e. books,
                  pencils or pens, notebooks and highlighters are READY WHEN THE BELL RINGS so
                  class time is not wasted.
                  2. Follows directions (Asks for clarification, if direction are not clearly understood)
                  3. Be Respectful to others at all times.
      Displays on-task Behaviors means:
                  Student is actively completing the assigned task in and out of classroom
                  Student is not working on work from another class.
      Respectful to Others means:
                  Student treats others with kindness.
                  Student does not interrupt the teacher or other students.
                  Student waits his/her turn to express him/herself.
                  Student refrains from making discouraging or hurtful comments toward others.
**Excerpt from Mira Mesa High School Student/Parent Handbook

Supplies and Materials: Access to a computer with Internet outside of school hours is essential as
assignments are not only listed on the whiteboard but also under Class News online under class

Each student needs to bring the following items to class each day: a dedicated spiral notebook with
perforated edges (jagged edges not accepted), an assignment book/day planner, a folder with loose-leaf
paper, one Blue or Black ink pen (No gel or glow Pens), two sharpened #2 pencils, 2 highlighters, 3 x 5
index cards, and a set of small post-it notes.

Ms. Kraus’ Contact Information
Room 412
Tutoring:       Thursdays and Fridays, Lunch and 2:25– 3:00 PM
Other times by appointment
(858) 566-2262 X Ms. Kraus 4412, Voice mail is on during instructional day. Calls
and/or e-mails from parents will be returned within 24 hours/next school day. E-
mail is the best way to reach me at
                       MIRA MESA HIGH SCHOOL
                       10510 Reagan Road • San Diego, CA • 92126               PHONE (858) 566-2262
                                                                                 FAX (858) 549-9541

Student _________________________Class Period ____
  (Print Last Name, First Name)
  Student Accountability Contract/                                  Academic Year 2010-11
  Parent Contract of Support                                        September 2010

                         AMERICAN GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS

                                   Student Accountability Contract
I have read the syllabus online at for American Government/Economics.
I will do my best to fulfill the requirements for American Government/Economics and the
expectations of my teacher. I will record in a day planner the assignments written on the
whiteboard and/or online via the teacher’s class website. I am aware of the teacher’s office hours
and will not wait until the day before an assignment’s due date to seek help.

                                    Parent Contract of Support
I have read the syllabus online at for American Government/Economics
and have discussed the course requirements and class expectations with my student. I pledge to
support my student to fulfill these requirements and expectations.

□_____ We are unable to read the online syllabus for American Government/Economics and
   would like a copy of the syllabus sent home with our student.

Parent (Print Last Name, First Name) __________________________________________

Daytime Phone Number(s): __________________________________________________

Signature ________________________________________                Date ____________

Preferred E-mail

Student (Print Last Name, First Name) _________________________Class Period _________

Signature ________________________            Date ________________

Please return this form to Ms. Kraus by 9/29/2010.


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