STEM Civics and Economics

  • STEM Civics and Economics

    Instructor:  Mr. Clinton Chapman

    Mobile Unit #16

    704-786-0125 ext.1520

    Planning: 2nd Period

    Course Description:  STEM Civics and Economics is a course designed to teach students about our legal system, political and governmental structure, and what it means to be a citizen in the United States. In this course the students will also learn basic economic principles, personal finance, and global economic interactions. This course will be using both project based activities in class and online activities both in class and at home. This style of learning challenges students to use their problem solving skills and creativity to create products that show their understanding of the content while strengthening their skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. In this class we will be studying the Civics and Economics using various methods and perspectives using a variety of resources to expand the student's’ knowledge. I will do my best to make this class as interesting and entertaining as possible but it is important to realize that YOU GET OUT OF THE CLASS WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT!! I will provide you the information, skills, and motivation, what you do with it is up to you! Passing this class is a requirement for graduation. At the end of this course there will be a NC final Exam that will count as 25% of your overall grade.

    Unit Overview: In this class we will be covering 8 units, because of the nature of the STEM program and project based learning as well as the unpredictability of school schedules due to delays, cancelations, etc. I do not have exact dates for subjects or tests for the entire year because I cannot gaurantee that the class will stick with that schedule as the semester progresses.

    The 8 Units we will cover will be:

    1. Citizenship
    2. Foundations of Government
    3. Constitution
    4. Legislative and Executive branch
    5. Politics
    6. Judicial Law
    7. Microeconomics
    8. Macroeconomics

    Classroom Rules: This class has a few basic rules designed to allow the class to provide the students with a stress free environment that allows maximum productivity and student engagement. The class rules are as follow:

    1. Listen and follow directions - Students will know every day what is expected of them for that day and they are expected to accomplish those tasks in a timely manner.
    2. Raise your hand - Don't disrupt class by interrupting or talking while I, or other students are talking.
    3. Be respectful - treat others how you want to be treated, no name calling, ridicule or any other form of          bullying. Any student is entitled to his/her own opinion and are allowed to ask any relevant question they wish. I will not tolerate a classroom where students are afraid to raise their hand out of fear of being teased. There will be multiple situations in the class where we will have classroom debates, this rule is extremely crucial in order to make these debates successful.
    4. Use technology appropriately - This includes computers, pencils, notebooks, or anything that the students may have on them, no throwing things or trying to make shots into the wastebasket with garbage. This school is a BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) school. Students will be allowed to bring their own technology to school and the STEM students will have ipads in the classroom but are to be used at my discretion. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY!! YOU COME INTO MY CLASSROOM WITH IT, MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE WITH IT!!

    Grading Policy:   

    Grades are not given in this class they are earned.   Grades will be calculated on a percent system with each assignment being awarded a specific percentage value. A student’s grade will reflect the following areas with no one area being over 25% of the quarter grade. Tests and the large unit projects are worth 50% of the course grade while small projects, general assessments, and homework make up the other 50 %.

    Assessment Type

    Percentage Range

    Unit Tests

    25 %

    Large Unit Project


    Small Projects and Vocabulary Quizzes

    20 %

    General Assessments (tasks and activities)

    15 %

    Class work/Homework/Online Discussions

    15 %

    Final Exam:

    The NC Final Exam counts as 25% of the Overall grade for the semester

    Homework Policy:

    Homework are expected to be completed outside of class.  These assignments are given for important reasons, they are as follows:

    • For practice- To ensure that the student understands and masters the material after an instruction.
    • For reinforcement – Many students need review and stimulating activities to master materials essential to their education.
    • For academic support – As the course progresses, many students begin to show weak points in their grasp of the material. Homework is designed to help them strengthen those weak points.


    Make-Up Work and Receiving Credit for Work:

    • Make up work will be permitted under exceptional circumstances only!  Proof of the excuse may be required, such as a doctor’s note.  All work must be your own.  If class must be missed, it is the student’s responsibility to get the information that was missed from either myself or a fellow student.  You have one additional day than the number of days missed to make up missing assignments, after that, 10 points will be deducted per day.
    • If you leave for an extended period of time such as vacation, it is your responsibility to let me know at least ONE WEEK before you leave so that I may gather the materials and work that you need. You will be required to turn in ALL assignments when you return to school.
    • Late work will not be accepted unless the student and teacher have discussed the situation.   Late work is not the same as make up work.

    Materials Needed:

    • Small 3-ring binder no larger than 2 inches is needed.                   
    • Pens/pencils/highlighter
    • One Subject Notebook and/or loose leaf  paper

    ***These materials must be brought to class every day. (I will inform the students when they will need their               iPad the day before if needed the next day.)

    Notebooks:  You should bring your notebook to class every day, this is where you will keep you notes, handouts, study material and any graded assignments.


    Tutoring:  Any students that require additional help should come see me and we can schedule a time that works for both of us.  I can only help you if we have and honest and open student to teacher relationship.

    POWER: Power is a great time to get extra help, study, put in extra work on a project, or work on makes up work!   A POWER schedule will be giving to each student!

    Academic Integrity Policy: “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”  —Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The academic integrity policy can be found on the Central Cabarrus High School Website.

    My contact information is:  

    • Email: This is the best way to contact me.
    • Central Cabarrus High School: 704-786-0125 ext: 1520
    • The best times to contact be are during my planning period (8:46-10:06 ) or before school (5:50 - 6:50 ) I will not be available by phone or email on the weekends.
    • You may also schedule a meeting or phone call outside these hours by email if these times do not work for you.