AP Macroeconomics Syllabus 2012

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AP Macroeconomics Syllabus

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Teacher: Ms. Betty Lowry




Wk# 817
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408
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4600

Cell# 817
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578
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7373

Conference hrs: 6th period (2:30
-
3:15)




e
-
mail:
betty.lowry@granburyisd.org



The course goals are f
ourfold:


1. To introduce you to the field of macroeconomics

2. To have you acquire an understanding of basic macroeconomic concepts and the analytical



skills needed to apply those concepts.


3. To enable you to score well on the AP Macroeconomics E
xam


4. To develop financial literacy skills.


AP Macroeconomics is designed to replicate the introductory macroeconomics course taught at the college level. As such,
it requires far more effort and commitment than the typical high school course. You wi
ll have a reading and /or writing
assignment daily, of which will require 1
-
2 hours of your time. The goal of this class is to give the student a solid base
from which to continue a study of economics, public policy and business and also to prepare him/her

to successfully
master the AP exam in May. That is not possible without lots of hard work and a strong commitment to master this
material on your part.


The course is based on the Advanced Placement Standards set by the College Board. That information
is accessible on
the College Board Website at
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testi ng/ap/sub_maceco.html?macro
.

The financial literacy standards developed by TEA whic
h can be found as
ATTACHMENT III , Text of 19 TAC, Chapter 74.,
Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C., Other Provisions, §74.34., Additional Requirements for Economics Classes,
Grades 9
-
12.



The assigned text is: Mankiw, N. Gregory.
Principles of Macr
oeconomics, 2
nd

ed
.

Supplemental text is: McConnell, Campbell R. & Brue, Stanley L.
Macroeconomics, 15
th

ed.


Tutoring is available b
efore school from 8:00
-
8:30 or after school
as posted
.


The following supplies need to be brought to class by the 3
rd

day

of the semester.




large (
8 ½ x 11
) 3
-

5 subject spiral notebook




pen (blue or black ink only) and pencil




glue sticks


I have included a course calendar as a separate handout. My intention is to stick to it. All of this ma
terial will be covered
on the AP exam.
You will also be given a unit calendar with specific reading and homework assignments.
It is your
responsibility to know where we are on the schedule
/calendar

at all times. In other words:
KEEP UP WITH IT AND READ
I
T
.



If at any time you feel you are falling behind, PLEASE see me for help. This is a subject that builds on it self. Failure t
o
master any of the early parts dooms you to failure later. PLEASE don’t let this happen. I WANT YOU TO BE SUCCESSFUL,
LET
M
E HELP YOU TO BE.


I LOOK FORWARD TO TEACHING YOU!!



To keep you and your parents informed,
I will provide a progress report to you every 3 weeks. This must be signed by a
parent or guardian and brought back by the end of that week.


This information and

copies of my power points and other class notes are available on my website under
Macroeconomics
.




THIS HANDOUT NEEDS TO BE KEPT IN YOUR NOTEBOOK SO THAT YOU MAY REFER TO IT FOR
CLASS POLICIES AS NEEDED. IT WILL BE COUNTED AS PART OF YOUR FIRST NOTEBOO
K GRADE


CLASS RULES

*Be Prompt & Present*

*Be Polite*



*Be Prepared*


*Be Passing*

-
Be in the classroom


-
No talking when I am


-
Bring your book,



-
To be passing you


when the tardy bell rings




lecturing, explaining or





notebook and
something




must follow the other

-
Tardies will be counted &



giving instruction



to write with to class



three rules


reported to the office


-
No use of cell phones or




everyday




-
In order to graduate in


and will reduce your pay



MP3 players while I am


-
Complete assigned readings


May you must pass

-
Excessive absences will




lecturing
,
explaining or





daily





this class.


make it extremely difficult


giving instruction


-
Complete homework daily


for you
to pass the class.


*Consequences


all classroom infractions are fineable offenses and will cost you Economania money, AND
may result in discipline referrals.


GRADE POLICY

6
7
%
-

Major Grades


tests, Economania

3
3
%
-

Minor Grades


notebooks, daily work



MAJOR GRADES

Tests

-
Multiple choice tests

consisting of 20
-
40 questions will be given at the end of every unit.

-
Free response tests

(15
-
30 minute timed) will be given throughout the units. The combined scores of the timed writings, usually 2
-
3
each 6 we
eks, plus the best one doubled will count as one test grade each six weeks.

-
Make
-
up tests must be completed within one week of the original test day.

-
Multiple choice tests can be corrected for ½ the points lost

up to a 70
.
They must follow these guidel
ines:




All corrections will be done on the test itself.




The letter of the correct answer must be given.




A correct explanation of why that is the correct answer must be given (direct quotes from the book or notes are
encourag
ed).




The correct
page #

in the book where explanation was found or
date

notes given or title of notes or work where explanations
was found must be given.




Corrections must be done in my classroom, but outside of class time. They must
be completed within one week of test day.




Final Exam

o

This will coun
t as two test grades

the last 6 weeks of the semester.

o

It will be a released AP Macroeconomics exam.

o

You may be exempt from the final exam if you meet the following requirements:



You take

the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics test in May.



You have an 85 average for the semester at the time of that test.



You have no more than 3 absences (excused and unexcused).



You have no significant discipline infractions in my classroom.




Economania

(1
/2 of a test grade)

-
Bank registers and daily participation in Economania will be evaluated each 6 weeks for a ½ a major grade.





MINOR GRADES

Notebooks

-
Notebooks are a very important part of the overall grade. Each notebook will contain all the work
and notes done for each unit,


therefore notebooks will
count as half your minor grade each 6 weeks
.


-
A detailed explanation of notebooks will be handed out separately.

-
Notebooks will be turned in as we finish a unit. The dates are listed in your course

schedule.

-
Notebooks are considered late if they are turned in after the class period. There will be a 20 point penalty for the first
day late and 10


additional points every day thereafter
.


Daily work and quizzes

-
Daily work and quizzes are turned in
separately from your notebook.

-
Daily work includes worksheets done in class, assignments other than notebook homework, movie questions, etc.





OTHER CLASS INFORMATION

Homework

-
Homework will be
listed on the board daily

and on your unit calendar
.

-
Home
work
is to be completed daily.

-
Homework that is assigned to the notebook will be checked for completion and stamped.
You
will not
receive a stamp if
any part

of assignment is incomplete.

Each stamp will be worth no more than 2 points of your notebook grad
e.

-
If you are absent the assignments will be listed in the make
-
up log for your class period.
It is your responsibility to check for
make
-
up work
. Make
-
up work must be completed according to GISD policy for full credit.


Late Work

Work is considered late if it is turned in after the beginning of the class. All late work will be penalized a minimum of 20
points.



Economania

-
This will be an ongoing class activity that will require your participation in a mini
-
economy. A detailed ex
planation will be handed out

separately. The purpose is to give you practice in making economic decisions you will be encountering as an adult.

-
One
-
half a major grade will be given every 6 weeks for participation and completion of this activity. If yo
u are unable or unwilling to
participate an alternative research report will be assigned.