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    Course Description:                                                                                 

    This course seeks to offer insight into the science of economics. Through research students will the basis of economic theory both at a micro and macro level.  Students will apply these theories to understand the economic climate around them both on a national and global scale.  This economics course is aligned with Arizona College and Career Ready Standards and/or national content standards and supports school-wide efforts to increase student achievement.

    Course Objectives:

    By the time the student completes this course of study, the student will know or be able to:

    1. Use research skills to interpret historical data.
    2. Describe foundations of economics.
    3. Explain economic structures and market systems.
    4. Microeconomics – Supply and Demand and Market Prices.
    5. Understand the role of governments in the market and market structure.
    6. Analyze taxes and spending.
    7. Macroeconomics – Economic Performance.
    8. Understand and analyze global economics.
    9. Obtain an understanding of personal finance.


    Common Core Standards

     CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

     CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.3 Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.5 Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.6 Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.8 Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.9 Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11–CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.


    After an absencea student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/tests, regardless of the number of days absent. If many days were missed, please schedule an appointment with me to formulate a plan for the completion of make-up work. Make-up work for extended absences (over 3 days) may be requested through the Counseling Office and picked up there.


    Grading Weight

    Assessments   70%

    Assignments   30%

    Grading Scale:

    A = 90% - 100%

    B = 80% - 89%

    C = 70% - 79%

    D = 60% - 69%

    F = Below 60%

    -No extra credit will be given.

    Report Cards

    In an effort to conserve resources and harness the capacity of our electronic grade reporting program (PowerSchool) district schools will no longer print hard copies of report cards unless requested by individual parents. To request a hard copy of your student’s report card, please contact the front office at 623-376-3000.  To receive your PowerSchool login, please stop into the office with a valid photo ID.


    Power School Online Access:

    Grades and attendance may be accessed 24 hours a day online with your Power School access code.  Access codes are available in the Counseling Office or Front Desk Monday – Friday 7:00 AM– 3:30 PM. You may check student progress regularly on the PowerSchool site using the same login for one or more students.  For Mountain Ridge parents/guardians without home computer access, a computer with guest log-in capability is available in the Counseling Conference Room.

    Assignment Procedures:

    Make up Policy:

    Mountain Ridge students have within the current unit of study to turn in assigned work for full credit. However, students will have a minimum of a week to turn in assignments from the assigned due date even if the unit is completed. The unit of study is established by the teacher and the Department on campus.

    Daily Device Use (iPads)

    Students should come to school with their iPads charged and ready to use in each class every day.  Devices may not be used to record or take photos of other people without their consent.  Consequences for classroom disruptions and misuse of devices will follow a progressive discipline model, beginning with confiscation of device/s during class and progressing to office referrals for repeated or more serious offenses. Students who have devices out during testing, may lose credit on their assessment. See the Student Rights and Responsibilities consequence chart in the handbook for more specific descriptions of infractions and consequences.

    Retake Policy:

    Students will have the opportunity to either retake or complete test corrections summative assessments. In order to qualify for a retake opportunity, students must complete all assignments for the assessed unit to a level of mastery (80%) before retaking or remediating the unit assessment.

    Integrity and Character Counts: 

    Integrity is vital to the learning environment.  Cases of cheating and plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the MRHS student handbook.  While there are many different ways to cheat or plagiarize, please be aware that activities such as sharing material, copying work, and posting information on a web site are considered cheating.  Students who choose to cheat and or plagiarize will receive no credit for that work and will face further consequences as outlined in the Student Handbook.