Course Syllabus

Civics and Economics Syllabus

Teacher: Ms. Tiphany Speck

Subject: Civics and Economics

Room: E5


Teacher Contact Information


PHONE: 704-753-2810

Course Description:

Civics covers a broad range of topics and legal issues.  The purpose of this class is to teach you about early American political history and to help motivate you to become a responsible and active citizen in the community and nation.  We will study many different roles you play as a citizen, the role of government: local, state and national, the role of money in our lives and the role of money in the nation. 

My goal is to give you the tools you need to excel in the class. However, this requires effort and commitment throughout the semester from you.  Please work hard and challenge yourself to go beyond what is required.   I will help you, but you need to make the effort.


  • Citizenship
  • Early Government Influences
  • Articles of Confederation and The Constitution
  • Legislative Branch
  • Executive Branch
  • Judicial Branch
  • Political Parties and the Election Process
  • Local and State Governments
  • Personal Financial Literacy
  • Economics


Each student is required to maintain an up-to-date notebook with dividers (notebook checks will occur and be for a grade), bring all necessary materials to class, including computers, textbook, notebook and writing utensils, be an active learner, be punctual to class, have regular attendance and display respectful classroom behavior. Tardiness will NOT be tolerated and will earn lockout consequences.


  • 1-inch 3 ring binder
  • 10 dividers
  • Loose-leaf Paper
  • Writing utensils (work is only done in Pencil, Blue or Black Ink)
  • Highlighters
  • Color Pencils
  • Ear-Buds


The grading system for this course will be averaged based on total pints possible. Every home-work, class work, quiz, test, notebook, project, etc. will be assigned a point value. Remember that a C is the average expected grade. To earn an A or a B you must consistently do work that exceeds the average.

90-100   A             89-80     B             79-70     C             69-60     D             59-0       F

Class Rules and Guidelines:

  1. All students are to be in their assigned seats and ready to begin work when the bell rings.
  2. Eating, drinking drinks without a lid, and personal grooming are not permitted in class. Chewing gum is allowed as long as the gum stays in your mouth.
  3. Cell phones, personal technology or electronic devices are not allowed in class and will be confiscated if necessary. (Read and Sign Cell Phone Policy)
  4. Please help keep the room clean and orderly. No writing on the desks, walls or displays. Straighten the desks and pick up your trash before leaving class.
  5. Students will be allowed six passes out of class per grading period. Passes will not be given out during the first ten or last ten minutes of class or during tests. (Emergencies are an exception.)
  6. Cheating/coping in this class will NOT be tolerated and will result in a zero on the grade for all parties involved. This includes class assignments, homework, and test/quizzes.
  7. Please respect yourself, your classmates, your teacher and any visitors in class. Listen without interrupting, raise your hand before calling out and wait to be called on. Refrain from profanity of any kind. Remember that the teacher’s desk, chair, computer and other things are off limits without permission.
  8. Class participation is crucial and includes asking relevant questions, actively sharing and listening during class discussions, completing assignments, and preparing for tests. Attendance, punctuality, behavior and responsibility all count toward this goal.
  9. Please follow the UCPS and Piedmont High School dress code at all times.
  10. Students should not leave their seats without permission. I will dismiss the class when the bell rings. Do not stand up or line up at the door before dismissal.


  1. Place your name, date and assignment in the upper right hand corner of the first page. These instructions are the same for digital assignments. Names must be on papers!
  2. Always put the number of the question and then answer it in full sentence form or in some cases detailed bullet points.
  3. Make-up work will be accepted according to PDHS policy.
  4. Late work will be accepted ONLY 3 days after the assigned due date and will lose significant credit.


  1. Students can expect both announced and unannounced quizzes.
  2. Students can expect that all test will be announced prior to the test date.
  3. If a student is absent on the day of an announced test/quiz, he/she will have 10 school days to make up the missing assessment.
  4. If a student is absent for an extended period, test/quiz will be made up according to PDHS guidelines. REMEMBER IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to make arrangements.

Course Summary:

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