Course Syllabus

Civics and Economics Course Syllabus and Guideline

Mr. Richard Carsner


Welcome to Civics and Economics! This course gives students the opportunity to learn the duties and responsibilities associated with American citizenship. They will also learn how the governmental and economic systems work in the United States. This course provides the foundations for future core classes such as American History. 


Grading Policy

Unit Tests: Unit tests are given on Fridays online once we have completed the unit. Unit Tests are weighted 30% of your six weeks grade. 

Quizzes: Vocabulary quizzes are given on Wednesdays. Quizzes are weighted 20% of your six weeks grade. 

Presentations / Projects: Presentations and Projects will sometimes be individual and other times with partners or groups of three or four. Presentations and projects are weighted 20% of your six weeks grade.

Participation: Participation includes your weekly assignments (Terms, Post and Reply Discussions, Worksheets, etc.) as well as your attendance or time logged in remotely. Participation is weighted 30% of your six weeks grade.

**Final Semester Grade: There are three six weeks and one final teacher made exam. Each one counts as 25% of your final grade for the semester.


Technology Requirements

Charged Laptop with High Speed Internet

Digital Recording Device or App

Smart Phone


Other Requirements

3-Ring Binder

Pencil or Pen


Instructional Websites

Canvas Page

Canvas page will be your daily log-in requirement. It will house all the information needed for daily assignments and upcoming assignments.

Notes and Lessons

Sign in with your school Google account


Contact and Email Protocol

My email is

You may email me at any time with questions or help with classwork

During our face to face time, we will spend a lot of it reviewing and answering questions


Classroom Expectations

Follow all classroom and school rules

Be on time

Be prepared for class

Be considerate and respectful of others

Show respect for your school and its property

Turn in assignments on time

Actively participate in class

Wait to be dismissed (Online or in person)

Work quietly (Muted online unless answering a question)

No cell phones unless approved by teacher


Course Outline

First Six Weeks

Unit 1   Citizenship, American Identity, Government Systems  

Unit 2   European Influences, Colonization of America, Rebellion

Unit 3   Revolutionary and Constitutional Periods

Second Six Weeks

Unit 4   3 Branches of Federal Government

Unit 5   Influences on Government

Unit 6   State and Local Government

Third Six Weeks

Unit 7   America’s Economic System, Personal Finance

Unit 8   The Role of the Government in Our Economy    

Unit 9   Global Interdependence

Course Summary:

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