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Economics Spring 2020

You can still turn in "old" work! Take pictures of your old work, and explain what you want me to look at. Let's keep the work rolling in and bring up our grades! 
You can also do the work using the attachments on this site. Simply download the assignment, complete it, and share it with me! Wow! That was simple...and good!

You can turn in late, old, missing or incomplete work for all classes until
Friday 5 / 22 / 20

If you missed the classwork check, the assignments numbers were:
1st period: 5, 7, 8, 15, 20
4th period: 5, 7, 8, 13, 19
7th period: 5, 7, 8, 14, 15
Take a picture, send it (them) to me.

Tuesday 3/17/20 and Wednesday 3/18/20

1. Please complete part three of the stock project (Annual Report Analysis).

You can find everything that you need for the assignment on the Stock Project page of this site.
You will need the attachments:

"Analyzing an Annual Report"

"Annual Report Assignment Explanation"

 and "How to Read an Annual Report"

 Share the assignment with me.

2. Complete another stock project article and connection (or work on finishing all of them). Share with me.

3. Start working on business questions 11 -15.

Thursday 3/19/20 and Friday 3/20/20

1. If you played monopoly in class on Thursday 3/12/20 (1st and 4th period), please complete the assignment "Monopoly", take a picture of your answers to the questions, and send me the picture. 
If you would like to complete the assignment "online", you may complete the answers on a Google doc and share it with me.
If you did not play monopoly (1st / 4th / 7th), please complete the alternate assignment on the "Alternate Assignments for Missed Classes" page for "Monopoly" (left hand side of the page). Please share with me. 
Please complete the following if you missed the entire activity: Textbook, page 140, assessment questions 1 - 5 AND page 147, "Assessment" questions 1 - 5 AND page 153, "Assessment" questions 1 - 5

2. Send me another stock project article and connection.

3. Work on business questions 11 -15.

Monday 3/23/20

If you did not finish "credit cards and consumer debt", please finish, take a picture of the pages, and send to me.

Tuesday 3/24/20 and Wednesday 3/25/20

Alright, it's time for us to start "cleaning up" some loose ends.

1. Please finish the microeconomics study guide. Take pictures and send to me.

2. It's time to wrap up the articles for the stock project. Make sure you have ten articles with connections. Look at the "stock project" page on this site for further instructions. You need to have five micro connections and five macro connections (please don't forget the links to the articles with the connections.

3. Please complete part six of the stock project. It is one page, answering two questions: "what did you learn?", and "if you had to do the project over (buying / selling stocks), what would you do differently?".

4. Don't forget to complete your ads (radio and tv). The deadline is 4/1/20.

5. Finally, keep working on business questions 11 - 15.

Thursday 3/26/20 and Friday 3/27/20

It looks like some of you are keeping up with the work. Good. Some of you need to get moving (remember graduation?) We should have most of our "loose ends" cleaned up at this point.

Now is the time to put the finishing touches on the stock project.

We need to finish part five.

I don't know if you remember, but we did a very small part of this when we bought our stocks. We put our first day purchases into a pie chart.

Take out your stock project handout, look at part five (page three).

Here is the link:


1. Include your first day pie chart in part five.
2. Let's ignore the last day pie chart (#2 on the list). Cross it off of your handout. Do it now.
3. Let's ignore the line graph(s) (#3 on the list). Cross it off of your handout. Do it now.
4. Now let's look at the questions for part five. We are only going to answer questions "a" and "b". Cross out questions "c" and "d". Do it now.
You cannot answer questions "c" and "d". Please don't try.
Simply be honest with your answers to questions "a" and "b". Act like we are talking to each other.
5. Include the answers to these two questions in your part five.

Now, let's put it all together. I want ONE document.
Start with part one (introduction).

Add part two (initial buy).

Next, put part three (annual report analysis) on the document.

Now part four (articles).
Give me all of the articles you did electronically (put them on the document). Don't forget, I'm looking for ten articles, five micro, five macro. And don't forget the links to each of your articles. If you did some or all of the articles on paper, it is a little trickier. Take pictures of all of your articles AND connections. see if you can put these onto your document (the project) if not, send them to me in separate attachments with the project itself. Remember, if you did the first article with us in class, you should have the connection sheet attached to your stock project handout. Take a picture of it. Don't worry about the article for this one. If you did it in class on that "first" day, I've got you covered.

Add part five (you just did that / see above).

Add part six. I asked you to do this.

All ONE document. Send it to me

More to come next week regarding the business project...

Monday 3/30/20 - Wednesday 4/1/20

1. Finish the stock project.

2. Finish your TV and radio ads. Put on YouTube.

3. Do all old or missing work in Aeries. Think of this as an opportunity!

Friday 4/3/20

We will be on break until Monday 4/13/20. As always, no work assigned over the weekend, or breaks. Feel free to enjoy yourself. Keep your eye on Aeries and keep your grades up. See you in ten days.

Monday 4/6/20

Although there is no new work assigned this week, check Aeries. You can still work on “old” assignments and get credit for them. Don’t miss this great opportunity. For our class, it is really a once in a lifetime chance for points.

Thursday 4/16/20 - Friday 4/17/20

I hope you had a nice break. The weather is very nice. Windows open, warm evenings... Get out and try to enjoy yourself.

Okay, let's finish the business project.

The project is really only three parts: written, advertisements, and presentation.

Follow these instructions and we will easily get this done.

1. Finish the written questions.

You should have the first fifteen questions answered, now I want you to get questions sixteen and seventeen done.

Use this cheat sheet to answer the two questions (16 / 17):


Now, look, at all of your answers to all of your questions (1 - 17). Please make sure to include all of your visuals: logo (question #1), photos of your product, or the tools needed to produce your product (question #4), demand graph (question #10, keep reading), and the print ad (question #15). Simply put each of the visuals into your answers to the written questions. One document, all seventeen answers to the questions.

Regarding the demand graph, I have a template for you.

Click on this link:


You can also get to the template by going to the page, "The Big Pitch (Starting a Business Project!), on my site.


Once there, find the business project in the attachments at the bottom of the page, find question #10, and click on the link provided on the handout.

Once you get to the template, you can make your demand graph. You will also need your market survey. Remember the survey? I told you that you would need it again.
Look at the question when you asked us, "how much are you willing to pay?"
On the template, do you see the table in the upper, left hand corner, labeled "s" and "P1", with the red speckled circle? Get rid of it! click on the "X" next to it. Do it! Get rid of it!
Now you are left with the table labeled "d" and "P2" with the blue speckled circle.
The "P2" column is where you will enter your prices. If you used a range of prices, such as $2 - $3, use an average like $2.50. The template only "likes" one number, not a range of numbers.
The "d" column is where you will enter how many people liked each price. Once, you have filled in these columns, your graph is finished!
Take a screenshot, and put it into question #10.

One document. Everyone's name on it.
Written questions done!

2. You should have already finished the advertisements.

Advertisements done!

3. Presentation

If you were to make a presentation answering seventeen questions, how many slides would you need? How about eighteen? That would include a title slide and a slide per answer.
Simply copy and paste your written answers into your slides, clean up your answers as if you were presenting, include your visuals (you need at least four, but you can put more into your slides), make sure to put everyone's name on it, and share with me.

Presentation done!

You should be done with the business project.

I'll talk to you next week.

Tuesday 4/21/20 - Wednesday 4/22/20

This is what I sent you yesterday, Tuesday April 21, 2020; that is, if you got or checked your email:

"We have reached a point in the course where we have completed all of the "old" work that we still had in place before we stopped meeting in person. Many of you have done some or all of the old work. Nice going! Some of you are moving slowly, and you may have noticed the impact on your grade. If you are in this group, please get started. There is still time...but it is almost gone. Six weeks from today 6/2/20, is the last day of the term."

"In addition to the old work, you may have noticed that we have "new" work on Edgenuity. I want you to finish our old work (please see Aeries and  this page for details), but there will be credit for your work on Edgenuity. Don't think of this as hours of work every day, or even every other day, think of it as work to keep you moving forward in either economics or world history. Keep in mind that I want you to pass your classes. Please keep up with your school work, but also take care of yourself. Try to enjoy yourself. I am thinking of you often, and miss our time together."

I'll be watching my email and Edgenuity often. Let's go to work!

Talk to you soon,


Tuesday 4/28/20 - Wednesday 4/29/20

Don't forget about the work for our class on Edgenuity. There is still credit to be earned as you work on this part of our course. If you have not completed our "old" work, please check this page, and Aeries, in order to make sure you are caught up. Please take this opportunity seriously. I want you all to pass this course. I want you to graduate.

Keep working.

Friday 5/8/20

You should be working on edgenuity at this point. Please remember, there are points for your effort. There are less than four weeks left to complete all of our work, please keep working.
Please check everything: Aeries, this site, and edgenuity as you complete the school year. Let's all pass our classes. There is really no reason not to pass.

Also, check this out from Mr. Palm:

We need all students to sign up for a check out time at the links below. 

Collect/Pick Up Process

  *   Students will be allowed to sign up for a time to come to campus to complete the following all at one time:

     *   Students Return Textbooks/Library Books

     *   Students Return English Novels

     *   Seniors Pick Up Graduation Purchases (If they haven’t already)

     *   Students Pick Up Medications

     *   Students will Clear Out All Lockers (Bring a bag to carry everything)

     *   Students Can Pay Fines

  *   Here are the days that each class will have to sign up.  The links below are how students sign up for a time to check out of school this year.  This link will be published and sent to our families today.  Please assist us and share this Check Out form with your students and encourage them to do this.

     *   Sophomores (May 19 & 20) https://forms.gle/D7rw3rypuGKLWNPi6

     *   Juniors (May 26 & 27) https://forms.gle/QpQYzfHQCXjPSQG56

     *   Seniors (May 21 & 22) https://forms.gle/dMRCu9UWLe1XGamC8

Take care of yourselves. I miss you and our time together. Email if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck in these last few weeks. Let's finish strong.


Tuesday 5/12/20 - Wednesday 5/13/20

I hope you are all well. Three weeks from today, Tuesday 6/2, is the last day of the semester. I am putting the final touches on your grades in Aeries. There is still some credit for what you are doing in Edgenuity.

Please keep working.

The credit will be less for the Edgenuity work when compared with our "old" coursework. Now is the time to complete anything that you are planning to complete. There are many reasons why some of you have not been working. The time for not working is almost past.

Please keep working.

If you have not sent me your business project work (ads, written questions, presentation), please send it to me now. If you are not sure how to complete the work, please refer to the post above from 4/16 - 4/17. I would like to get you credit. I know that most of you want to pass the class. I am certain that some of you do not want to do the work, but I know that most of you want to pass the class. I am fairly sure that your parents want you to pass the class. Please finish the work and send it to me.

Please keep working.

I'll finish the way I finished last time,

"Take care of yourselves. I miss you and our time together. Email if you have any questions or concerns. Good luck in these last few weeks. Let's finish strong.


Thursday 5/28/20 - Friday 5/29/20

I hope that you are all well. I also hope that your classes went well. I realize that this could not be how you imagined the year ending. I had hoped that we could meet again in class, but this is the best that we could do. As I thought about the end of this school year, I fell back on something I think about often: song lyrics.

When all of this started, I went back and forth between how serious this situation really is. Sometimes I felt like some of the lyrics from "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Three Dog Night. If you are not familiar with the lyrics, the part that I thought of goes like this,

"This is the craziest party that there ever could be, Oh don't turn on the light, 'Cause I don't wanna see"

After a few weeks, I started to feel like some of the lyrics from "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar. Here are the lyrics that I thought of:

"Well you're a real tough cookie with a long history

Of breaking little hearts like the one in me
That's okay, let's see how you do it
Put up you dukes, let's get down to it
Hit me with your best shot
Why don't you hit me with your best shot
Hit me with your best shot
Fire away"

Honestly, I don't want to finish this school year thinking about viruses and distance learning. I want to think about things like this: If you don't know it, Bob Marley has a true classic that I believe sounds as fresh today as ever. The song is "Three Little Birds".

"Rise up this mornin'
Smiled with the risin' sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying', (this is my message to you)
Singing' don't worry 'bout a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing' don't worry (don't worry) 'bout a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright"

Lastly, I thought of an old song that most of you have never heard. Some of the lyrics sum up what I think of when I think of our time together in class. The song's name is "Thanks for the Memory".

"We who could laugh over big things
Were parted by only a slight thing
I wonder if we did the right thing
Oh, well, that's life, I guess"

"Awfully glad I met you
Cheerio and toodle-oo
Thank you
Thank you so much"

Thank you and if I see you again, I look forward to it. If not, good luck and have a nice life!

One last word from KISS and one of my favorite songs,

"I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day!"

Take care of yourselves -

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"Dancing in the moonlight
Singing in the rain
Oh, it's good to be back home again"
- Home Again by Blackmore's Night

Good News! Now everyone can "play" economics at home.

Check this out! This message came from the district.
Students may choose to receive letter grades for the semester, or they may choose to receive a Pass/No Mark grade for the semester. The option for letter grades will be available to students who choose either distance learning option (online or paper packets). Universities and colleges are developing admissions policies for students earning pass marks instead of letter grades.  While the District does not control college admissions processes, it is our belief that colleges will develop policies that do not discriminate against students who receive pass marks instead of letter grades during the closure. UC and CSU campuses will not require a letter grade for the mandatory a-g courses taken in high school this year (2020) in winter, spring or summer. Families may choose the Pass/No Mark option anytime during the semester up until May 22, 2020. By mid-May, the District will receive written notification from most colleges as to their updated admission criteria.

The Pass Mark may be issued for any grades earned for the semester from A to D. F grades will be awarded No Marks for the semester. Students receiving No Marks will not earn credit. The Pass or No Mark will not be averaged into the students’ GPA. Counselors are finalizing the process by which families notify the District of their students’ grading option choice by course (letter grade or Pass/No Mark).