Honors
ECONOMICS and GOVERNMENT

Grade Descriptors Academic Honesty Policy

MR. CRAWFORD


ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

In this course, you will be expected to

  • Respect your peers and teacher at all times.
  • Help create an environment that is conducive to learning.
  • Strive to achieve to the highest of your abilities, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Follow all other regulations and rules of Berkeley Preparatory School.

BASIC RULES

  • Tech Time is limited to the first ten minutes of every class, and entails the appropriate use of your laptop to check email, and assignments.

  • A weekly assignment sheet will posted on Crawfordsworld.com and on Edline at least one week in advance.  If you are absent, please look on one of these sites to keep up with daily assignments.

  • All work is due on the assigned date.  Homework is due immediately following Tech Time at the beginning of class .   Late penalties (one letter grade per day) will be incurred if work is not turned in on time. 

  • Print out all assignments DURING Tech Time BEFORE class begins, any assignment turned in after class will be penalized one point.

  • Inappropriate use of class time (studying for other courses or working on other coursework) or inappropriate use of your laptop will result in a disciplinary detention.


EXTRA HELP

  • My EXTRA HELP SESSIONS are during A, B, D or G BLOCKS in the KIOSK or the LIBRARY--or after school by appointment.  It is strongly suggested to bring your notes, textbook, and study guide to extra help sessions.


Make-up policy

  • All tests are to be made up within two days of the absence per school policy, unless otherwise arranged with me.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with me to make up all missed work.  Make-up tests are administered after school in academic detention or during school in Ms. Pajot's office if you need extra time. Please see me as soon as possible to schedule make up tests at a convenient time for both of us.

  • If you are unexcused absent or fail to make up an assignment  or test by the deadline, the missed assignment or test will count as a zero.

  • Videos shown in class are also available online.  If you are absent during a video, you will be expected to view the videos on your own.

  • You are allowed to postpone scheduled tests and take a makeup if you are feeling unprepared or overwhelmed. If you choose to postpone a test you must tell me or email me immediately before the test .  The make-up test must be taken in academic detention or during a mutually agreed upon time within two days of the original test date .

  • All makeup tests will cover the same material as the original test, but will consist of different multiple choice, definitions, and essay questions.  Your grade on the makeup will be reported to you, but to go over your makeup in detail please schedule an appointment with me or stop by during extra help.


GRADES

  • You will be graded on the basis of your performance on homework assignments, quizzes, tests, simulations, and a final examination.

  • All of test and quiz scores will be reported to you, and therefore you are responsible for keeping track of your average in this course.

  • Weighting of Assessments

Tests and Quizzes 60%

Homework 15%
Projects including graded discussion 15%
 Participation 10%
  • It is inappropriate to use class time to discuss your average with me or your peers; please schedule an appointment with me or stop by during extra help to discuss your average with me in private.

Remember that you are not just responsible for keeping track of your grade in this course, you are also responsible for your actual grade in this course.

YOU EARN YOUR GRADE; YOU OWN YOUR GRADE!


ASSIGNMENTS

  • HOMEWORK

    You will be assigned homework on a weekly basis.

    Homework will consist of reading assignments for classroom discussion, and writing assignments from chapter review questions, online articles, and videos presented in class.

    All writing assignments will require you to use either VIEWPOINT Format or the BRIEF Format.  These assignments are designed to provoke educational and informative discussion and debate while helping you to clarify your own views on government and economics.

    All VIEWPOINT graphs must be in your own handwriting, and all BRIEF writing assignments must be In Your Own Words (IYOW), and any reference material must be properly cited.

    YOU ARE NEVER EVER TO USE FIRST PERSON IN YOUR VIEWPOINTS, BRIEFS, or TEST ESSAYS.

    All provisions of the Berkeley Honor Code apply to Brief assignments.

    All assigned Briefs will be graded based on the 30-point Rubric.

    All writing assignments will be turned in person at the beginning of the class period on the assigned day; if you are absent on the due date of an assignment you are responsible for finding a method to get the homework to me--either by email or in my mailbox or sent in with a friend.

    Late penalties (one letter grade per day) will be incurred for any work that is not turned in on time.

    Homework assignments will be scored out of 10 possible points.


  • QUIZZES

    Approximately once a week the class will be given a pop quiz concerning points brought up in lectures, reading assignments, or current events.

    Every video shown will be the subject of a quiz covering the basic themes and topics of the film.

    Quizzes will be 5 to 10 questions in multiple choice or fill in the blank format.

    There are NO makeup quizzes for in-class quizzes; a missed in-class quiz is NOT counted for the purposes of the semester average.

    Quizzes will be scored out of 6 to 10 possible points. 


  • SIMULATIONS and DEBATES

    There will be at least one simulation or debate during each semester. You will be graded on participation, effort, and success in each of these activities.

    Every member of a simulation or debate team MUST be prepared to make presentations and justify decisions for the entire team.

    Unexcused absences during simulations will count against your individual grade.

    Simulations will be will be scored out of 25 possible points.


  • RESEARCH PAPER

    During the second semester, research will be assigned pertaining to a controversial issue in either American Government or Economics.  This research will culminate in a term paper in which the student will take a position on the issue and give a well-documented, clear, and convincing argument supporting this position.

    The requirements for the research paper are outlined here.

    Your research paper will be graded on organization, content, creativity, and clarity.

    Any portion of the (research) paper that is not turned in by the due date will be graded with a 10% penalty per day late.

    The research paper will be a substantial portion of your second semester grade, and will scored out of 75 possible points.


  • TESTS

    There will be one test per Unit as listed in the schedule. Unit tests will be given approximately every two to three weeks.

    Each Chapter Test in Honors Economics will consist of 35 multiple choice questions worth 1 point each, 5 definition questions worth 1 point each, and one short essay worth 10 points.  Essay questions will consist of one viewpoint graph and one brief essay.  Chapter tests will take approximately one class period to complete and will be scored out of 50 possible points.

    Each Chapter Test in Honors Government will consist of 35 multiple choice questions worth 1 point each, 5 definition questions worth 1 point each, and one short essay worth 10 points.  Essay questions will consist of document-based essays in brief format.  Chapter tests will take approximately one class period to complete and will be scored out of 50 possible points.

    We will go over all the questions on every test the following academic day.

    All tests will kept on file with the instructor; to go over your test in detail on an individual basis please schedule an appointment with or stop by during extra help.

    Your tests will be given back to you to study during review week before the semester exam, but must be returned to the instructor before taking the semester exam.

    Unit tests will be scored out of 50 possible points.


  • FINAL EXAMINATION

    The Final Examination will be a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.  It will be given during the exam week and will take approximately 3 hours.  The Final examination will be cumulative of all the material covered during the semester

    A review sheet will be posted before the final

    The Final Examination will be counted as 25% of your final Semester average as per school policy.


    THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXTRA CREDIT IN THIS COURSE!