TAMISCAL HIGH SCHOOL
INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE AGREEMENT

STUDENT ______________________________ COURSE 20060: ECONOMICS

I. Student Learning Outcomes
All Tamiscal courses share the purpose of helping the student read, write, speak, and solve problems effectively. All courses within the Social Studies Department work toward developing the student�s ability to learn from the events, ways of life, and ways of thinking. Emphasis is on using lessons to understand what economics is and how the market process is the basis for economic decisions.

II. Activities
Students will prepare projects, portfolios, papers, letters, simulations, oral presentations, and take tests.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of GNP, inflation, CPI and money operations through the above activities.
Students will do a research a project on poverty, a local small business or a national business.
Given $100,000 to spend, students will develop a stock market portfolio, which they will follow for 6 ? 8 weeks and then write up a report following the stock market project criteria.
Students will follow economic news in the newspaper and in newsmagazines.
Students will read the text and complete related assignments.

III. Resources
In addition to the textbook, students are expected to utilize Tamiscal Homepage links, the Internet, District and County libraries, CDs, videos, and relevant media.

Textbook: Economics Principles in Action by Arthur O�Sullivan and Steven M. Sheffrin

IV. Assessment
Assignments for this course will include preparation for meeting District Outcome Assessments. For the purposes of evaluation and grading during the course, the following methods may be used: weekly assignments; projects; written reports; presentations; participation; quizzes and exams. Students will be informed of the grading criteria at the beginning of each semester.

Students enrolled in this course will participate in all required District Assessments.

V. Duration
The agreement is effective until the end of the current semester.

VI. Progress Monitoring
Progress will be monitored at weekly meetings; therefore, attendance is required. Missed appointments, tests, and assignments will result in partial course credits and may result in required attendance to Supervised Independent Study (SIS).

Grades and credits will be reported at the quarter and end of the semester.

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I accept the terms of this agreement

Student __________________________________________ Date Started _________________

Supervising Teacher ________________________________ Date Completed _______________

Other Staff _______________________________________

Parent __________________________________________

Credits Attempted _____________ Credits Earned _______________ Final Grade_____________