American Government / Economics

American Government and Economics

1st Semester – American Government*

Taught by a former legislative assistant to former Congressman Ed Bryant, this class is an overview of the modern U.S. government. Students will learn the role of government in their lives, as well as being challenged to examine their own role in shaping public policy now and in the future. In addition, each class will include critical thinking exercises that challenge students to examine real court cases and make a “rulings” based on their understanding of the Bill of Rights.

Required materials:

  • Internet access and computer
  • You Decide! Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases (Red student book)
  • ISBN–10: 0-89455-440-9
  • ISBN–13:978-0-89455-440
  • American Government, A Beka

2nd Semester – Economics*

This class will give students a clear understanding of the impact of economics on their daily lives. Topics include “money (its origin and history), the dollar (its origin and history), investment cycles, velocity, business cycles, recessions, inflation, the demand for money, government (its economic behavior), and more.”

In nearly every class, students will participate in hands-on challenges to learn practical applications for economic principles like supply and demand, specialization, and the Law of Diminishing Returns.

Required Materials:

  • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by Richard J. Maybury and Jane A. Williams
  • Internet access and computer
  • Economics: Work and Prosperity, A Beka

Day/Time: 2:35-4:05
Grades: 9th – 12th
Class Fee: $400
Supply Fee: $60
Tutor: Kim Erickson

*Meets the requirements for the mandatory American Government/Economics High School credit.