• Mrs. Merton / Economics 2020-2021






    Office Hours: By appointment.


    Hybrid: This is a Hybrid online class with 60% of the class taught online and 40% in the classroom. Students will be provided with computer time at school, but they may also work on the online components at home, and may need to do so if they fall behind.

    Economics is an unique on-line class, students are using the MOODLE platform and are encouraged during the MEETINGS to ask for assistance from the teacher and from each other.  Students may work together, talk and chat about the material, to answer questions and problem solve.  However, the conversation can not monopolize, and time should be allow for all to be involved.



    Rules for On Line Learning with Mrs. Merton

    1. Be respectful. While it is easier to say hurtful or disrespectful things without standing face-to-face with someone, it is important to remember that your classmates and teachers are real people who are affected by the words you say and write.  It is essential to keep in mind the feelings and opinions of others, even if they differ from your own.  If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t say it online either.
    2. Be aware of strong language, all caps, and exclamation points. It is easy for written text to be misread and misunderstood.  Have you ever sent a text message with good intent but your recipient thought you were being rude? If so, then you’ve experienced this firsthand.  By being cognizant of strong language, you can identify potential confusions before sending messages.  Tip: Read everything out loud before you send it.
    3. Be careful with humor and sarcasm. Certainly you shouldn’t avoid being funny. We love to see your personality shine through in online classes.  Many of our teachers are exceptionally funny too.  But like mentioned in Rule #2, make sure that it is clear you are being funny and not being rude. Emoticons and smileys can be helpful when conveying humor or sarcasm so that it is read correctly. Just remember to keep the smiley faces away from academic papers. 
    4. Don’t post or share (even privately) inappropriate material. Enough said there. Nothing is truly private online.
    5. Be forgiving. Remember that not everyone will know these rules before posting. Try to be understanding of others when they struggle with written communication.  It is very different than simply talking to a person face-to-face.


    Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and decision-making tools necessary for understanding how society organizes its limited resources to satisfy its wants. Students will gain understanding of choices they must make as producers, consumers, investors, and taxpayers.

    This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the way in which society utilizes its limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants and the distinguishing characteristics of other types of economic systems. Particular attention is given to the American mixed market system.

    The major emphasis is to provide the students with the tools to examine and analyze the implications of market solutions and public policy decisions related to economic problems.


    Content: Topics will include economic reasoning,  principles of decision-making in the marketplace, productive resources, scarcity and choices, opportunity costs and trade offs, economic incentives, interdependence, contemporary and historical economic issues, forms of economic competition, personal economic skills, role of money, government and financial institutions, and labor.



    1. Textbook: You will have access to a textbook in the classroom, students may also choose to have a book at home or access the online option.
    2. Notebook: You will need to organize yourself, use what works for you.
    3. Paper
    4. Writing Utensil


    Grading System                                 Grading Category Weights

    A: 90-100                                                            Tests:  50%

    B: 80-89                                                              Classwork & Quizzes:  40%

    C: 70-79                                                              Homework:  10%

    D: 60-69             

    F:  0-59                                               


    Make-Up work is to be completed before or after school, within a week of original due date of assignment and/or exam.



    1. Come to class prepared; Something to write with and something to write on.
    2. Respect yourself and those around you; Let’s Get Along!