Civics & Economicsby Matthew Caggia
- Semester 1 Bell Ringers
- Unit 1: Foundations of American Government
- Unit 2: The Constitution
- Unit 3A: Comparative Government-Legislative Branch
- Unit 3B: Comparative Government-Executive Branch
- Unit 3C: Comparative Government-Judicial Branch
- Unit 4A: Citizenship, Voting, & Elections
- Unit 4B: Political Parties & Influencing Government
- Unit 5: Making Laws
- Unit 6: Violating the Law
- Unit 7: Personal Financial Literacy
- Unit 8: Economic Fundamentals
- Unit 9: Government in the Economy
- Unit 10: International Economics
- Review Materials
- Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Civics & Economics
Thanks for visiting the Civics & Economics Page. Here you will find information, links, activities, tools, handouts, and objectives for each unit in Civics & Economics.
This site will continue to grow as I add new things, discover new links, and create items that will be useful for learning Civics & Economics.
On the right are three important sections. The first lists the Goals and Objectives according to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) for each unit. The second lists the handouts associated with the unit. I will be doing my best to keep the list updated as we go along. The third is a link to the Remind page for each Civics and Economics Class. (Remind links only appear on this Main Civics and Economics Page.)
What is Civics & Economics?
C&E is probably the most useful of your required Social Studies courses because it deals with topics that effect you everyday. It is a conceptual course as well as a historical course. That is, it deals with many concepts about government and economics that relate in many ways to many different historic events (not to mention events yet to come in your lifetime).
This course is divided into two parts that are both distinct and intertwined. First, this course examines Government of the United States, its origins, how it works, how it has changed, and an individualís role in government. Everyday we are impacted by our government, in more ways than we realize. The fact that you are here at school today is evidence of that. But beyond that, it is important to know how YOU impact government as well Ė in more ways than you realize. We will pull information from your prior knowledge of US Government, US History, North Carolina Government and History and World History in order to get a more complete picture of the government of the United States. We will be able to clarify rumors and possible misconceptions about how government operates and works.
Second, this course will also examine how and why people make decisions, the function and operation of the United Statesí economic system, and how individualís work within the economics system. Just as with government, we are impacted by economics daily. Economics not only involves money, it is basically a study of decision-making. Each of us is confronted with decisions we must make everyday. Although they may not be major decisions, they are decisions nonetheless. By examining the decision-making process we will be better able to understand the economic system of the United States, and then how that system affects the way we make decisions.
In this course, I expect each of you to be responsible for your education and learning. In order to best prepare you for all the possible topics on which you will be tested, this course will be taught strictly according to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCS). You must think broadly about subjects we discuss and be able to apply it to different situations because the final exam will be about the application of the broad ideas, not necessarily about the specific examples we will use in the class to explain them.
Why Study Civics & Economics?
I am glad you asked because it gives me an opportunity to introduce Crash Course into C&E!!! I know it isn't John Green who is doing the narrating, the series is still on point with what we are doing in here. This is the introduction to Crash Course US Government and Politics.
Online Textbook Resources
Expectations & Rules
1st Day Presentation about some of the basic expectations and rules for the class. There is always some much to figure out as we go along.