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Civics & Economics

Information For Parents & Students

5 months ago

Mr. Hollowell may be reached by email at  Students may also use the Haiku inbox.  He can be reached at the school at 919-528-5532, but be advised that he may be teaching class and unable to have a lengthy conversation during the school day between 8:30 AM-2:10 PM.


Parents wishing to schedule a conference may contact Mr. Hollowell at the information listed above.  He will generally be available before school and after school, but by appointment only, as his calendar is often booked with club meetings, faculty meetings, South Granville athletics events to cover, and other duties beyond teaching classes and grading assignments.  Parents may also attend scheduled Parent Conferences.


Tutoring is available by appointment only, for students that were absent and missed school, and/or for students wishing to have more content enrichment and remediation than the weekly remediation period allows.  Tutoring sessions, like parent conferences are by appointment only, because Mr. Hollowell's calendar is often booked with club meetings, faculty meetings, South Granville athletics events to cover, and other duties beyond teaching classes and grading assignments.


Fall 2019 Class Schedule:
1st Period:  Honors Civics & Economics
2nd Period:  Honors American History I
3rd Period:  Honors American History I
4th Period:  Planning


Spring 2020 Schedule
1st Period:  Honors Civics & Economics
2nd Period:  AP United States History
3rd Period:  Honors Civics & Economics
4th Period:  Planning

Bell Schedules
Monday Regular Schedule
1st Pd:  8:30-9:55
1st Pd Remediation:  10:00-10:25
2nd Pd:  10:30-12:05
3rd Pd:  12:10-2:00
4th Pd:  2:05-3:30

Tuesday Regular Schedule
1st Pd:  8:30-9:55
2nd Pd Remediation:  10:00-10:25
2nd Pd:  10:30-12:05
3rd Pd:  12:10-2:00
4th Pd:  2:05-3:30

Wednesday Regular Schedule
1st Pd:  8:30-9:55
2nd Pd:  10:00-11:35
3rd Pd:  11:40-1:30
3rd Pd Remediation:  1:35-2:00
4th Pd:  2:05-3:30

Thursday Regular Schedule
1st Pd:  8:30-9:55
2nd Pd:  10:00-11:35
3rd Pd:  11:40-1:30
4th Pd Remediation:  1:35-2:00
4th Pd:  2:05-3:30

Friday Regular Schedule
1st Pd:  8:30-9:55
2nd Pd:  10:00-11:35
3rd Pd:  11:40-1:30
Homeroom:  1:35-2:00
4th Pd:  2:05-3:30

Early Release Schedule
1st Pd:  8:30-9:20
2nd Pd:  9:25-10:20
3rd Pd:  10:25-11:20
4th Pd:  11:25-12:20

Two Hour Delay Schedule
1st Pd: 10:30-11:35
2nd Pd:  11:40-12:45
3rd Pd:  12:50-2:25 (Including Lunch)
4th Pd:  2:30-3:30


Grading Policy:  In accordance with board policy, the breakdown for grading is as follows:

Within a nine weeks grading period:
-Major Assessments (Tests) 60%
-Minor Assessments (Classwork, Quizzes, Class Discussions) 30%
-Homework 10%

Within the semester:
-First Nine Weeks:  40%
-Second Nine Weeks:  40%
-Final Exam:  20%


Classroom Rules/Discipline policy

BE ON TIME:  Promptness demonstrates a willingness to accept responsibility.  DO NOT LOITER OUTSIDE THE DOOR WAITING FOR THE TARDY BELL TO RING.  School policy requires a lunch detention for students that are tardy.

BE RESPECTFUL:  Treat others better than you hope to be treated.  Respect the rights and property of others.  Do not talk unless you are directed to do so.  Do NOT gossip about other teachers or students.  When making critical remarks during discussion or debate, be sure to disagree with an idea, rather than attacking the person who mentioned the idea.  Also, keep you hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

BE RESPONSIBLE:  YOU are responsible for YOU.  Be present in class both physically and mentally.  LISTEN, when your teacher is talking, or when other students are talking about course content.  Take notes.  Get your assignments done.  Study.  Do not wait until the last minute to check on making up missing assignments.  DON'T BE LAZY.  Take care of other business between classes.  "Maturity does not come with age, but with the acceptance of responsibility" -Anonymous

BE PREPARED:  Bring your computer, writing utensils, and paper to class every day.  Take notes.  Your notes will be your primary study tools for tests and quizzes.

The following behaviors are PROHIBITED:
-Inappropriate use of MacBook
-Inappropriate use of other electronic devices:  No cell phone use in class.  No headphones visible in class.  
-Writing on desks, chairs, walls, etc
-Tampering with the belongings of others
-Grooming in class
-Adjusting seats, air conditioning, or blinds without teacher permission
-Use of profane, vulgar, or any language deemed inappropriate by your teacher
-Disrespectful behavior toward adults
-Disrespectful behavior toward peers
-Interruptions of whole group discussion
-Cheating/Attempting to cheat:  including but not limited to multiple students submitting identical work, copying from websites, communicating or sharing answers during a test, using electronic devices during a test


-Verbal reprimand

-Grade of Zero (0) for an assignment if a student is caught cheating

-Parent contact

-Apology in writing with parent signature

-Referral to school administration


Classroom Supply List
There are no special supplies required for this course.  However, there is the expectation that students will bring their laptop computer to class everyday, and be able to access saved documents relevant to class, such as the guided notes outlines, study guides, and assignments.  


Important Dates

5 months ago

2019-2020 Final Exams
Fall Semester
1st Period:  Monday, January 13, 2020
2nd Period:  Tuesday, January 14, 2020
3rd Period:  Wednesday, January 15, 2020
4th Period:  Thursday, January 16, 2020
Make Up:  Friday, January 17, 2020

Spring Semester
1st Period:  Tuesday, June 2, 2020
2nd Period:  Wednesday, June 3, 2020
3rd Period:  Thursday, June 4, 2020
4th Period:  Friday, June 5, 2020
Make Up:  Monday, June 8, 2020

Syllabus/Pacing Guide

5 months ago

Each unit will typically be accompanied by at least 1 homework assignment, 1 classwork assignment, and 1 major assessment (unit test)

Theme One - Civics and Government 

Unit 1 Foundation of American Government - 9 Days
-Magna Carta
-Glorious Revolution & English Bill of Rights
-Enlightenment Philosophers
-13 Colones in 3 Regions
-French & Indian War
-Desire for Independence
-Colonial Resistance to British rule
-First & Second Continental Congress
-Declaration of Independence
-Articles of Confederation
-Constitutional Convention
-Ratification debate
-Details of US Constitution:  7 Articles, 27 Amendments
-How the Constitution is a Living Document
-First American party system
-How the American identity developed
-What is limited government?
-How a bill becomes a law

Unit 2 Current Government Systems - 9 Days
-Government systems around the world
-America's political parties and the political spectrum
-Examples of federal expansion of power
-State government in North Carolina:  Legislative & Executive branches
-Local government in North Carolina
-Non-law enforcement federal agencies
-Contemporary issues

Unit 3 The Legal System Protects Your Rights - 6 Days
-The Rule of Law
-Writ of habeas corpus
-Rights of the accused
-Landmark Supreme Court cases
-How do we ensure fair trials?  What makes a fair trial?
-Punishments for breaking the law
-How a courtroom functions
-Courtroom trial procedure
-North Carolina's criminal court system
-Federal court system

Unit 4 Active Citizenship - 6 Days
-Duties & Responsibilities of citizens
-Government Land Use
-National Security Administration (NSA)
-Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
-Affirmative Action
-Equal Opportunities
-Immigration trends in US history

Unit 5 Legal Systems Balance Conflicting Interests - 6 Days
-Compare and contrast civil and criminal law cases
-State law enforcement agencies
-Federal administrative law
-Immigration & Naturalization
-National Transportation & Safety Board (NTSB)
-Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
-Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
-Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
-Federal law enforcement agencies

Theme Two - Personal and Financial Literacy

Unit 6 Effective Resource Planning - 9 Days
-Financial Planning; Budgeting
-Gross vs. Net income
-Comparison Shopping
-Financial Obligations
-Emergency Preparedness
-Saving for Retirement
-Giving back to society
-Community College
-Bachelor's Degree
-Master's Degree
-Continuing Education
-Checking Account basics
-Savings Accounts
-Credit Cards
-Credit Score
-Getting Control of Debt
-Purchasing a Home

Unit 7 Risk Management Strategies - 9 Days
-Various Investing Strategies
-Banking Options for Saving
-Mutual Funds
-Stocks & Bonds
-Perpetual Care
-Final Expenses
-Insurance (Health, Life, Homeowners, Collision, Liability, Disability, etc.)
-Consumer Protection Laws
-Avoiding Fraud & Identity Theft
-Ponzi schemes
-Pyramid schemes

Theme Three - Economics

Unit 8 Economic Markets and Factors - 8 Days
-What is Economics?
-Needs vs. Wants
-Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics
-Economic Models
-Trade offs and Opportunity cost
-Fixed, Variable, and Marginal costs
-Demand & Supply
-Surplus & Shortage
-Substitutes & Complements
-Capitalism & Free enterprise
-Consumer sovereignty
-Private property rights
-Market economy vs. command economy vs. mixed market economy
-Types of businesses
-Business cycle

Unit 9 Global Economic Interdependence - 8 Days
-International Trade
-Pros & Cons of Global Economy
-European Union (EU)
-North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
-Effect of Government Policies on International Trade
-Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
-North Carolina in the World Economy (past and present)
-Research Triangle Park (RTP)
-Higher Education
-Basic Economic Indicators
-Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Unit 10 U.S. Economic Stabilization Policies - 8 Days
-Inflation & What Causes It?
-Things to Consider Regarding Inflation
-Destruction of Monopolies
-Role of the Federal Reserve
-Bureau of Engraving & Printing (BEP) and US Mint
-Monetary Policy
-Discount Rate
-Reserve Requirement
-Open Market Operations
-Historic Federal Government Interventions in the Economy
-Emerging Economic Issues

***Note:  The number of days spent on a unit (listed above) is subject to change:  The number of days listed are rough estimates recommended by curriculum specialists, and do not take into account changes in schedule due to events beyond the teacher's control that delay the course schedule, such as inclement weather closing or delaying school, class meetings, pep rallies, field trips or presentations involving large numbers of students, fire drills, lockdowns, mid-semester standardized testing such as the PSAT, Pre-ACT, ACT, etc.