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AP MACRO ECONOMICS Mrs. Dorcy
Building 7 Room 206
2015-2016 School Year
Course Essentials AP Macro Economics is a flipped classroom, meaning that much of the course work will be posted to Edmodo and students will upload their work to Edmodo. We will use class time for lectures, discussions, practice, projects and testing. Students will need to join my Edmodo class in order to facilitate this course.
Edmodo Class Name: AP Macro 2015
Course Code: h2bjcq
Course Materials: The required and provided text is Krugman's Economics for AP. The text deals with micro and macroeconomics. There is additional recommended reading and students are expected to tackle them. All assignments will be posted on Edmodo as well as discussed in class. The instructions on Edmodo will be clear as to whether the assignment should be submitted in class or uploaded to Edmodo.
Assessment: Much of the grade for the class will come from frequent assessments that follow only one or two lessons. Each unit cumulates with a unit test. The final is scored in the same way as the AP final. In the last semester much of the grade will be determined on a series of three mock AP finals and participation in the review.
Summative Assignments 60% - Section/Module Tests, Unit Mastery Projects
GRADES AND ASSESSMENTS:
The following is the grade distribution that is required by the Volusia County schools. Listed are types of assignments that will count under each weighted category.
Students who take an Advanced Placement course are required to sit for the A.P. Exam in May for that course. If for any reason you do not take the A.P. Exam, you will be assessed a charge from DeLand High School and the name of your course will be changed to an “honors” or “regular” designation rather than “A.P.” This will also result in a change of weighting for the course from a 5.0 to either a 4.5 or a 4.0, which could affect your class rank and weighted grade point average.
Summative Assignments 60%
Unit Mastery Project
Formative Assignments 40%
In class assignments
Diagnostic Assignments 0%
Class Participation; Preparedness; Attendance
Unit Mastery Projects:
After each Unit students are required to submit a Unit Mastery Project demonstrating their content knowledge. The method of demonstration will be determined by the student or students.
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. Students cheating on exams, quizzes or essays will receive a zero. Students caught aiding a student cheating will also receive a zero on the assignment. Cheating includes but is not limited to plagiarism or direct replication of another student’s work. For further information concerning academic honesty and integrity, refer to the DeLand High School Academic Integrity policy.
Please note that these policies and guidelines are subject to change as needed. I will describe any changes to policy in writing to all students and parents. Grading Policies:
The DeLand High School prescribed grading scale will be in effect.
90-100% A I have a philosophy that all student work will be of high quality. If you turn
80-90% B in sub par work, it will be returned to you ungraded (I will record a temporary
70-80% C grade for the assignment). You will have one week to improve the assignment
60-69% D to an acceptable (usually A/B) level of quality. If the second attempt is still subpar,
Under 60 F the grades will be averaged and recorded. I reserve the right to allow further attempts if I deem your efforts to be at a high level. Under no circumstances will a third attempt be allowed with a student who shows little or no effort. Teacher’s Authority to Override Final Grade: Teacher reserves the right to override the grade if a student’s overall performance warrants it. This refers to the final grade of the grading period, or the final grade for the course.
Failure to turn in an assignment on the due date (this includes any assignment less than half completed) will result in a zero. Student has a couple days to turn it in but 10 late points will be deducted from the assignment. After that time, there will be no further chance at a makeup.
Plagiarism, including on homework, will result in an automatic zero and a referral to the office. No second attempts will be given in any case of plagiarism or cheating.
There will be no additional attempts allowed on Course papers/ Oral Presentations or Book Projects/Presentations for your DeLand High grade.
There may be extra credit assignments offered. While they may be optional, they are strongly recommended. Please do not count on it for grade improvement.
Assignments and Assessments:
Traditional quizzes and tests for each unit, including multiple choice and in-class Free Response essays for exam preparation
Research projects/papers/debates/Socratic Seminars
Class discussions on text material and current issues
Required readings in text, outside assigned articles, book groups, and current events
EXPECTATIONS: The key to success in this course is careful, consistent, and active preparation and participation. Nightly reading assignments and class discussions are important, as are the major tests and papers/projects. You will find that what you put into the class determines how much you get out of it.
In order to make the most of your experience in this class, please respect the following guidelines:
Seek help when you have questions or issues. I am always eager to help you with assignments or to listen to concerns. Make an appointment or drop by when I am free. I have 2nd lunch.
Treat your fellow classmates and me with respect and kindness, especially when there is disagreement.
Come to class with an open mind and a willingness to learn and try new things.
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Course Learning Objectives
Gain a rigorous introductory background in macroeconomics that will leave them well prepared for future, more in-depth course material in higher education or professional training.
Understand contemporary macroeconomic issues and be able to discuss the outcomes and causes of them.
Demonstrate knowledge of sequence and causality in historical economic issues and be able to compare and contrast them to contemporary economic events.
Learn how major global economic institutions function and understand how they impact domestic economic and political policy.
Understand and be able to develop informed opinion on fiscal and monetary policy
Gain necessary skills to allow them to navigate different financial products and instruments and be able to make more informed decisions when making investments or taking on credit.
Transferable skills as a result of taking Economics….
Understanding that choosing means refusing – students will begin to develop more sophisticated decision making skills.
Gain a working knowledge of business, finance and taxation
Have improved political efficacy as a result of better understanding the impact of economic issues on government policy and political parties
Be able to translate economic issues such as incentives, spill-over costs, and opportunity costs to personal decisions and activities.
Fun and recommended as an essential background
Harford, Tim, The Undercover Economist
Wheelan, Charles, The Naked Economist: Undressing the Dismal Science
Buchholz and Feldstein, New Ideas from Dead Economists: An Introduction to Modern Economic Thought
Pratchett, Terry, Making Money (fiction)
Appleyby, Joyce, The Relentless Revolution A History of Capitalism
Ferguson, Niall, The Accent of Money
Sachs, Jeffrey: The End of Poverty: How we can make it happen in our lifetime
Judt, Tony, Ill Fares the Land
Two outstanding high school teachers, Steve Reff and Dick Brunelle, have constructed a website that includes digital lessons, interactive graphs, and practice exams that are extremely valuable to both teachers and students. We will be using this website quite often in the course. You should familiarize yourself with the site as soon as possible. The Reffonomics website can be found here:
There is also a fine companion website with additional resources for both students and instructors at: www.bfwpub.com/highschool/Krugman_AP_Macro There are also many youtube videos available for review purposes as well as for preparing for the AP exam. ACDC Leadership also has many excellent review videos on youtube on all of the macro topics covered in this course and is highly recommended that Student watch the video before and after beginning a particular unit.
Economics by Example, by David A. Anderson
The instructor will assign the Economics by Example readings after each section of the course, after the material has already been presented to keep the students engaged.
Discussion questions from Economics by Example could also be used as part of take-home homework assignments, short papers, or in-class group presentations.
Strive for a 5 (Study Guide and Prep for AP* Exam) Macro: 1-4292-6359-8
Margaret Ray, Mary Washington College, VA College Board Endorsed Faculty Consultant, Reader and Table Leader since 2001.
David Mayer, Winston Churchill High School, San Antonio, TX AP Economics Table Leader for ETS/College Board;
AP Economics Endorsed Consultant for the College Board’s Southwest Region.
This unique guide reinforces the topics and key concepts to help students complete the course and prepare for the AP exam. The study guide component of Strive for a 5 provides an overview of each section and systematic module-by-module coverage, with these features:
• Before You Read the Module
• While You Read the Module
• After You Read the Module
• Answer Key
The AP preparation section begins with a diagnostic pre-test that helps students focus their test preparation time where it is most needed. Students also get preparation and study advice, including suggestions for setting a test preparation schedule, as well as sample practice tests.