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Civics and Economics

Civics & Economics, 2013-2014
Yvette Cerbone, MAT yvette.cerbone@cms.k12.nc.us
Course Overview
The purpose of this course is to teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to become an informed and active citizen. As both a citizen and consumer, students need to understand the historical traditions of democracy, our Constitution as the written foundation of our nation’s laws and system of government, and the governing principles of the free market system and other economic systems throughout the globe. This course is a graduation requirement and will require students to be an active learner every day.

Tutoring & Instructor Information
  • I offer tutoring for C & E on Thursday afternoons from 2:20 until 3:00 PM. Students are always welcome to come for help with a signed pass from 6:30 - 6:55 AM daily.
  • Email communication is made between the hours of 6:30 AM and 3:00 PM daily. Understand that emails sent after 3PM will be read the following school day. You may contact me at yvette.cerbone@cms.k12.nc.us.
Course Materials
Texts: Remy, Richard. Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics and You. Glencoe
Financial Fitness for Life. National Council for Economic Education
Online: Teacher website can be found at http://yvettecerbone.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/

Course Outline -For each unit listed there will be a summative test
    1. Colonial History
    2. Founding of the British Colonies of North America
    3. Historical traditions of Law
    4. Enlightenment thought
    5. Independence Movement
    6. Revolution
    7. Early U.S. History and Principles of Democracy
      1. Articles of Confederation; Shays’ Rebellion
      2. Constitutional Convention
      3. Federalist/ Anti-Federalist debate
      4. Principles of American Democracy
      5. Separation of Powers (Three branches)
    8. Constitution
      1. Articles
      2. Powers/Checks and balances
      3. How a bill becomes a law
      4. Amendments
      5. 14th Amendment focus w/cases
      6. The Individual’s Role in American Government
      7. Citizenship
      8. Civic Duties and Responsibilities
      9. Modern Political Issues (Performance Assignment: Argumentative Essay)
      10. Planks and Platforms
      11. Elections
      12. Propaganda
    9. Law
      1. History of Law
      2. Types of Law
      3. Enforcement of Law
      4. Jurisprudence –Due Process
      5. Courts – Federal only
      6. Personal Financial Literacy
      7. Financial Fitness for Life (workbook activities)
      8. EverFi (on-line module)
    10. Economics: Principles of a Market Economy
      1. Supply & Demand
i. Equilibrium
ii. Price floor/price ceiling
iii. Compliments & substitutes
  1. Factors of production
  2. Property Rights -Copy right, patent, monopolies
  3. Marginal Return & marginal utility
  4. Circular Flow of Economic Activity
  5. Economics: Government Intervention in the Economy
    1. Economic Theorists
    2. Types of Economies
    3. Federal Budget &Measuring economic activity
    4. Government Intervention in the Economy
i. Regulation
ii. Business Cycle
iii. Taxation
  1. Economics: Monetary Policy, Banking and Trade
    1. Money
    2. Federal Reserve System
    3. International Trade
    4. North Carolina: Government & Economy
      1. State government
      2. Local government
      3. NC Economy
a. Student Work load: On a nightly basis students should expect to spend 30 minutes reviewing notes & completing assignments. In order for
student to assess their progress during each unit, unannounced quizzes will be given periodically.
b. Late Policy: There will be a 10% deduction per day for late assignments with a maximum penalty of 50%. After five days, students will be
expected to complete an alternative assignment to receive 50% credit.
c. Breakdown of grades: With the introduction of PowerSchool, CMS has implemented a new grading structure. A student’s grade for the
course will be based on 70% formal assessment (Tests, quizzes unit projects) and 30% informal assignments (class work, participation and

Classroom Expectations
  1. Keep an organized notebook. Students must have a 3-ring binder with loose-leaf. Additionally, 10 dividers with tabs are needed to organize the 10 units of the course. I will grade this binder twice each quarter.
  2. Be prepared. Each night review your notes & vocabulary. You will not be able to contribute fully and do your best work without taking the time to familiarize yourself with each class day’s content.
  3. You can have water in class, but no food or other beverages without permission from the administration (CMS policy).
  4. No cell phones are to be used in class. There is a class set of iPads for research needs.
  5. You will need to conduct yourself in a mature fashion and participate fully in class. If you review, ask questions and seek tutoring you will be successful. If you sleep, interrupt others and come unprepared, you cannot achieve and you hinder others from doing so as well.
  6. Ask for help. We are a team - teacher and students.
  7. Do not complain or throw tantrums. These are not constructive practices and can create a negative environment. I have considered the CMS calendar, religious holidays, and the needs of students in pacing the course. However, there are crises that emerge from time to time, so before lashing out at teachers, fellow students or parents let’s talk things through to see if alternatives are possible. J
  8. Be here or be prepared to go it alone. I leave work in the basket at the back of my room for absent students. It is your responsibility to get notes from a fellow student.