-Students will be graded on the basis of in-class quizzes, multiple choice tests, essay tests, discussion boards, economic simulations, and trimester examinations.
I. BLACKBOARD DISCUSSION BOARD ASSIGNMENTS
As part of the AP Macro class, you will be watching films in class as well as being assigned to review shows on television such as the NPR Nightly Business Report. After reading the commentary on the show by the instructor as well as supplemental readings posted online, you will be required to post relevant responses to questions posed on a blackboard discussion board within the established deadline (usually one week). These discussion boards are designed to provoke educational and informative discussion and debate for quiz points while utilizing the blackboard system.
It is NOT necessary to actually see any film before posting on the discussion board, read the summary and assigned supplemental readings--as well as other students thoughts--in order to post a relevant response.
Each week's posting counts as one half of a quiz grade--a relevant post receives 5 points, no post or a offensive or off-topic posting gets a zero. There is absolutely no excuse not to post on blackboard; these assignments are posted and open for over a week before the deadline closes the board.
Approximately once a week you will be given a quiz concerning points brought up in lectures, reading assignments, or current events. EVERY video shown in class will be the subject of a quiz covering the basic themes and topics of the film--particularly episodes of Economics U$A. Quizzes will be anywhere from 6 to 12 possible points and can be in either multiple choice or graphing essay format.
There are NO makeup quizzes; a missed quiz is NOT counted for the purposes of the trimester average.
The total quiz average for the trimester will count as ONE test.
There will be one test per unit as listed in the schedule. These tests will be given approximately every three weeks. Each Unit Test will consist of 40 multiple choice questions, and will take approximate one class period to complete. We will always spend a day going over the multiple choice questions on the test the following day. If you are absent (excused) on a scheduled Unit Test day you will be expected to make up that test BEFORE the next Unit Test is given. If you are unexcused absent or fail to make up the test by the deadline, the missed test will count as a zero.
If you feel unprepared for the test for any reason, you may choose not to take the test on the scheduled day. However, if you choose not to take the test on the scheduled day, you will be responsible for making up the test before the next test is given. Because it was your choice to delay taking the scheduled test in order to give yourself more time to prepare, the makeup will necessarily be more challenging and cover more material. It is YOUR choice not to take a test on the scheduled day.
Multiple choice tests will be counted out of 40 possible points.
There will be approximately THREE Unit Tests per Trimester.
IV. ECONOMIC SIMULATIONS
There will be two economic computer simulations and competitions during the first two trimesters. You will be graded on participation, effort, and success in each of these activities.
The first trimester you will be participating in the Internal Revenue Service' Game of Life. You will be playing the actual game of Life--but with tax consequences for every decision. You will be required to keep financial records of all transactions, income, and expenditures in order to complete the proper income tax forms based on the information gathered over the 'life' of the game. Using this simulation, you will be able to understand the basics of government revenue and the social and economic consequences of taxation policy on individuals and the economy as a whole.
During the second trimester, you will take on problems of national and international importance in the Federal Reserve Board's Running the US Economy also known as the "Fed Challenge' or RUSE. RUSE is a computer simulation in which you will take on the role of one of the President's Council of Economic Advisors: the Secretary of the Treasury, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, or the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. You will work in policy teams to determine tax rates, levels of government spending, and interest rates. The computer will grade your team based on how well your fiscal and monetary policies contributed to economic prosperity, growth, price stability, and full employment. The most successful teams may actually be invited to present their findings and results to the actual Federal Reserve Board of Directors in New York City in May.
Every member of a simulation team MUST be prepared to make and justify decisions for the entire team; absences during simulations will count against your individual score.
Each simulation will be counted as HALF a test grade, and will be scored out of 20 possible points.
V. FINAL EXAM
Yes. Unless otherwise instructed by the administration or your teacher, there WILL be a final examination in this course.
The final examination will be 60 multiple choice questions taken in 70 minutes and will counted out of 60 possible points.
VI. OPTIONAL POINTS
Optional points may be given for attendance at both Political and Business Forums put on by the Institute for Civic Involvement. Thoughtful reflections on your part will be handed in to the sponsor at the end of every forum and will then be given to me. In order to receive any credit for attendance, your form MUST be filled out, handed in, and sent to me.
Forum attendance will receive 1 out of 1 possible points to a maximum total of 10 points.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXTRA CREDIT IN THIS COURSE!
YOUR FINAL GRADE WILL BE DETERMINED BY A PERCENTAGE: THE POINTS YOU HAVE EARNED DIVIDED BY YOUR TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS.
YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR OWN GRADES.