• Casteel High




     Todd Daniels

    Email: daniels.todd@cusd80.com

    Website:  https://www.cusd80.com/domain/6910




    Economics Course Syllabus



    Welcome to Economics. Economics is the study of choices and decisions people make about how to use the world's resources. Understanding economics will help you make informed decisions for yourself and assess the decisions made by others. This is a one semester class and will cover the following major aspects:

    • Economic decision making focusing on concepts such as scarcity and choice, opportunity costs and trade-offs, and economic institutions and incentives.
    • Market systems including supply and demand, markets and prices, and competition and market structure.
    • Macroeconomic concepts and government’s role in the economy emphasizing Gross Domestic Product, monetary policy, and taxes.
    • The global economy
    • Financial literacy including managing income, spending, and investing.


    Course Objective:

    The students will develop economic reasoning skills in order to apply basic economic concepts, assess problems, and make choices. Students will also have an opportunity to evaluate the choices of others as consumers, workers, and citizens participating in local, national, and global economics.


    State/District Standards:

    This course utilizes and follows state standards adopted by the Arizona Department of Education.  Lessons and objectives are aligned to state/district social studies standards. For each standard there are performance objectives that are used in checking for understanding. You can find the performance objectives at the Arizona Department of Education website: www.ade.state.az.us


    Statement on Diversity:

    All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice, and bigotry. All students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.


    Policies In-Person Learning: (Subject to change based on directives from CCHS/CUSD.)

    The policies outlined in the CCHS handbook will be followed at a minimum

    Never any gum, hats on head in class, food at desk, or drinks other than water inside our room

    Attendance is expected. Excessive tardies and absences may result in school detentions, loss of class/assignment points, and/or loss of credit regardless of grade.

    Assignments are due by the due date at the beginning of class. Grade credit may be reduced/denied accordingly.

    Supplies needed include a binder, paper, and pens/pencils/highlighters.

    Backpacks/phones will be away from desks during quizzes and tests until the last paper is collected.

    No bathroom usage first or last ten minutes of class; only one person out at a time; phone left in class.

    Quizzes may be retaken during assigned time ONE WEEK after the quiz—with review material first.

    Do not disrupt the class. One discussion at a time; be courteous.  Cell phones—snapchat, video, texting during class— is rude, music listening and/or headphones out is rude, etc. No electronics in use without explicit permission during class time. Phones MAY NOT be accessed or visible during class time without teacher approval.   Consequences include confiscation of phone, detention, and/or additional as needed.

    Be respectful of others opinions and beliefs. Challenge ideas, not people. Be kind.

    Students are responsible for staying organized and up to date on readings, reviews, and homework.


    Policies Virtual Learning: (Subject to change based on directives from CCHS/CUSD.)

    Class Policies: *Information subject to change per department, CCHS, or CUSD decrees

    Mute yourself until it is your turn

    Keep your camera on (unless told to turn off)

    Wear school appropriate attire

    Have a non-distracting background

    Be on time

    Be considerate

    Be kind


    Instructional Materials:

    Textbook - Economics Principles in Action (Prentice Hall)

    District curriculum, activities and resources

    Teacher generated materials



    This will be done on a point system. Sixty percent of the grade will be from tests, quizzes, and projects; and 40% will come from classwork and homework assignments. Late work will be accepted for reduced credit (80%) until the completion of that unit. The semester grade accounts for 80% of your course grade.  

                Grading Scale:





                            Below 60%..........................F

    Final Exam:

    The final will cover all areas and accounts for 20% of your semester grade.



    (NOTE: Updates may be made to this syllabus if academic circumstances change)



    I am committed to giving my students the best learning experience and communication is the best way to avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication.  Please feel free to contact me for any reason.


    Please also take the time to send me a quick email letting me know the following:

    What I can expect from your student this year?

    How I can best meet/exceed your expectations?

    Is there anything I should be aware of, or keep in mind when working with your student?


    Send the email to: daniels.todd@cusd80.com
    In the subject line, please write your student's first and last name
    Subject line:  STUDENT NAME