AP Macroeconomics

AP Macroeconomics Syllabus

Sara Shackett

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303.982.0438 vm 

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Economics presents new learning with a specific set of terms and concepts to be addressed. Developing “an economic way of thinking” is vital to understanding Economics coursework.
This course will give you a thorough understanding of the principles of macroeconomics, taking a look at the “big picture” of the economy. The focus will be economic measurement tools, aggregate production and income, the use of fiscal and monetary policy, economic growth, and international trade.


The AP Economics Course Description 2012 states: “The purpose of the AP course in Macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students' familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.”



Lakewood High School will provide a copy of Krugman’s Economics for AP by Margaret Ray and David Anderson. If you lose or destroy your copy, you should replace it by utilizing the online second-hand market by May 1.


Additional handouts and readings will also be provided by the teacher.


If you are interested in purchasing an AP Test review book, I recommend Eric Dodge’s Five Steps to a Five.  Two other options are Barrons AP Macroeconomics and Microeconomics or Princeton Review: Cracking the AP Micro and Macroeconomics. This is entirely up to you; I intend to prepare you for the exam without requiring additional expense.



Grades are earned, not given.  Points are earned for quizzes, projects, tests, class-work, and homework.  Grades are cumulative on a semester basis and are calculated on a standard 10-percent scale using weighted categories. There will be 5 (100 points) unit tests and 8 (10-25 points) quizzes, worth 50% of the overall grade.  Within each unit, Free Response Questions and Multiple Choice Questions will be used for reinforcement and practice. Students will be informally assessed with other instruments of assessment such as homework assignments, on-line assignments, and group work in the classroom. This category is worth 20% of the overall grade.  The final exam will be a past AP test and will serve as 30% of the semester grade.


It is expected that all students will take the AP Macroeconomics exam scheduled in May.


Late Work

It is the students’ responsibility to ask for any notes or assignments related to tardiness or absences during office hours.  I will post lecture notes and other handouts on the class website.  Flexibility regarding this policy will be allowed for students who communicate exceptional circumstances directly to the teacher.  Graded problems and worksheets may be submitted at any time until the unit exam for full credit. No assignment will be accepted after that material is tested.


Office Hours

3:10 pm – 3:50 pm

Planning periods blocks 4,  5, 8. 

Please make an appointment ahead of time for meetings during planning period(s) as I have many duties at LHS. 


General Expectations

I will instruct this class in a method that best exemplifies an introductory level college course, and I expect students to act accordingly. Due to the short nature of the course and the vast amount of material involved, students are expected to become learners both IN and OUT of the classroom. This means doing reading when it is required and becoming aware of current events and political happenings. It is expected that students stay informed about current events; it would be ideal to read a newspaper or listen to the Marketplace podcast every day as well as a weekly magazine such as Business Week. Only in this fashion can students begin to truly understand and apply knowledge. True learning does not occur in the vacuum of the classroom.


If you are having problems understanding course material, you should meet with me. I am happy to talk through the material or suggest videos by teachers who flip their classrooms.


I do not expect student behavior to be a problem.  Students will respect themselves, their classmates, their teacher (including substitutes), and any adult joining us during class at all times.  Students will be held accountable to the Code of Conduct for Lakewood High School students.  Students will arrive on time and be ready to participate each and every day. 


Cell phones MUST be out of sight (not seen or heard) unless the teacher directly suggests use.  Violation of this policy WILL result in confiscation!

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