American Government and Economics

1st Semester – American Government*

This class will help your student understand the United States government and its political systems.  We will accomplish this using videos, activities, class discussion, guest speakers, and simple in-class projects.

Some of the topics we will cover during the semester:

  • What is a Federal Republic?
  • 3 Branches of Government & the Constitution
  • Navigating media bias and politics in today’s world
  • Understanding the Electoral College (or trying to!)
  • Importance of civic responsibility
  • A look at our State Government

We will not hide from controversial topics of discussion. However, it is a classroom and therefore, we will be appropriate and mature at all times to allow for learning and growth.  Any and all material and/or speakers of a political nature will not push a specific agenda, but help to present a real-world perspective on what it is like to carry out civic duties such as holding a public office or running a campaign.

Required materials: There is no required textbook; however, tutor notes (provided) largely outline Abeka- American Government should you wish to purchase it.

Homework: short weekly assignments for review


2nd Semester – Economics*

The study of economics will provide the answers to almost every question you have ever had concerning the behavior of individuals and organizations.  It will be, at times, mind blowing and other times painfully obvious.  Never again will you consider the study of Economics boring or impractical!

Some of the topics we will cover during the semester:

  • Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
  • Types of Economics Systems
  • Supply and Demand (of course!)
  • The Government’s Role in our Economy
  • The Benefits of Trade

Similar to the first semester, we will access videos, complete activities, and participate in discussion in order to grasp a variety of economic concepts and theories.

Required materials:  There is no required textbook; tutor provides notes

Homework: short weekly assignments for review

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

Tuesday  – FILLED

Times: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 9 -12
Class Fee: $350
Supply Fee: $50
Tutor: Jamie Reed

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.