• Economics                  


    Instructor: Mr. Burleson

    Email: mburleson@stlouisschools.net Room #: 102


    Course Outline:

    Required for all Juniors, this course will study the basic concepts and terminology of economics.  It will focus on the different types of investment opportunities and economic theories.  This one semester course will also cover the many ways that governments can become involved in the economic matters of the country.  A special emphasis is placed on the development of world trade. Class assignments will include worksheets, tests, and quizzes. This course is aligned to the Michigan Content Standards.



    You are expected to stay organized with your work in this class. 


    YOUR BOOK IS NOT A FOLDER! If you need a folder just ask the teacher.


    Bell Work:

    Each day there will be an opening question on the board. As you come into class, please take your seat quietly and complete the questioning your warm-ups section of your binder.  If you miss a day it is the students’ responsibility to get the missed question. This is for a weekly grade


    Hall Passes

    • Hall passes will be given in the event of an emergency, Use the bathroom before class.



    Class notes are very important. Classroom assessments will be based on information from your textbook as well as notes within class. During class, you will be responsible for taking notes, completing worksheets, activities, etc. and organizing these in your binder. Keeping your notebook in good shape and keeping notes and homework in order NOW will save you a lot of time in the future.



    There may be one or more projects assigned each semester. They may require independent research, a written portion, visuals, or an oral presentation. Details will be provided when the individual project is assigned.  The projects may be individual or group-oriented.


    Test Retake Policy:

    All students will be given the option to retake any test throughout the year. If a student fails a test they will be required to retake the test, arrangements will be made outside of class time. In order to retake a test here are the following requirements: No missing assignments and complete a new test review sheet. All test retake will need to be completed within one week of the original test date.


    Absence Policy:

    Makeup Work:  It is your responsibility to pick these assignments up upon return. Please label absent work as ABSENT and place in the homework tray!


    If you miss class due to an excused absence, you are responsible for any notes and assignments

    • If you miss a laboratory exercise, quiz or test, you will need to contact me to make arrangements to come in before or after school and complete it. 

    • For lengthier absences, I will make arrangements with you on an individual basis. 

    • If you know that you will be missing a class period, you should ask for the day’s assignment in advance and turn it in when you return to school. 

    • For school function assignments will need to picked up before the absence.

      Late Work:

    • Assignment will be considered late after due date. After the due date, a max 50% will be given.


    • Three tardies will result in ONE Hour after school detention. Three tardies also equal one absence.


    Extra Credit:

    • I do not offer extra credit.



    Marking Period grades are determined as follows:  50% by assessment grades (tests and quizzes), 30% activities and labs, and 20% will be determined by homework/classwork score (this may include activities graded on participation).


    Quizzes and Tests                                                        50%

    Labs, Projects and Activities                                        30%

    Homework and Daily Work                                         20%


    Semester grades are determined as follows:  each marking period grade is worth 45% of the final grade and the exam will be worth 10%.  The semester grade determines pass/fail in the class, is used to calculate GPA, and is used to determine eligibility for scholarships/academic awards.


    Marking Period                        45%

                Marking Period                        45%

                Exam                                       10%


    Grade Scale:   93-100%  A      83-86%  B        73-76%  C        63-66%  D

                            90-92%  A-      80-82%  B-       70-72%  C-       60-62%  D-

                            87-89%  B+     77-79%  C+     67-69%  D+     Below 60%  F


    Classroom Rules and Expectations:

    1. When one person is talking, EVERYONE else is listening.
    2. Mr. Burleson dismisses you, NOT the bell.
    3. Students are to be working on the bell work at the ring of the bell.
    4. Bring all books and materials to class
    5. Show respect to others. Please be courteous, listen, and show respect to the teacher as well as other classmates. The same respect shall be given to you as well.
    6. Show respect to the property in the room.  If any lab equipment or class material is broken or damaged due to negligence or horseplay, a fine will be charged to the student at the end of the year.
    7. Sit in your assigned seat daily
    8. Please take care of bathroom, hunger, thirst, etc. before coming to class. No food or Gum in class, Water is Okay.


    You should be prepared for class each day and bring the following items:

    • Writing Utensil and Paper
    • Any homework or assignment due that day
    • Textbook
    • Binder/Notes



    Electronic Devices

    • Smart phones, tablets, and personal device are not allowed. Your chromebook are is the only device you will need in class. Please see SLHS School Board approved policy




    Economics Outline

    Chapter 1 – What is Economics?

    Chapter 2 – Economic Systems and the American Economy

    Chapter 4 – Going into Debt

    Chapter 7 – Savings and Investment

    Chapter 9 – Business Organizations

    Chapter 10 – Competition and Monopolies

    Chapter 13 – The American Labor Force

    Chapter 15 – Money and Banking

    Chapter 16 – The Federal Reserve System and Monetary Policy

    Chapter 17 – Government Spends, Collects and Owes

    Chapter 19 – Trading with Other Nations

    Chapter 20 – Converging Economic Systems

    Chapter 21 – Economic Growth

    Chapter 22 – The Global Economy