Mrs. Purcell


Welcome to Mrs. Purcell's Integrated Social Studies and Personal Finance
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                                           Teacher Biography

My name is Mrs. Purcell.  I grew up in a small city, Melvindale, in Michigan and went to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti for college.  I studied Secondary Education and majored in Social Studies and minored in Political Science while at EMU.  Currently I teach Integrated Social Studies and Personal Finance. I have been with CBF for 5 1/2 years now.  Not only do I teach at CBF, I am also the Substitute Coordinator and the TST Facilitator; which means I am in and out of classrooms with the students all the time.

If you wish to contact me, select the "contact me" tab on the left side of the page (under my name).  Please leave the following: your name, your email address, the students class you are contacting me about,  and your question/comment.  If you do not have an email, leave your phone number in the question/comment section.

                                    Course Description

This course is to provide students with a solid understanding of economic principles, systems, and activities in order to fully participate in the United States free enterprise system.  This course will also provide students with knowledge of the United States Government that will enable them to participate effectively in American civic life.  Students will examine fundamental constitutional principles; the organization of government at federal, state, and local level; and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.


Although this class will focus on United States Government and Economics, U.S. History and World History as well as Geography will be infused into parts of the course as well.  As it is important to know what is going on in history during certain periods of time in order to understand decisions/actions made during those time frames.

                                      Daily Procedures

1. Upon entering class, pick up your folder, journal, and pen/pencil.
2. The Bellwork question/activity will be projected on the smartboard for you to complete.
3. When the teacher is ready to begin, she will let you know.  At that time, put your bellwork in your folder (turn it in on Friday's) so that daily instruction, activities, and assignments can begin.
4. At the end of class, put folders back inside the folder in the crate and pencils/highlighters back into the appropriate pouch and wait to be excused.  Do not line up at the door.

                             Classroom Rules/Expectations

* Come to class on time.  Students who arrive late without a valid excused pass/call from another teacher (or staff) may not be permitted to make up work that was missed before arriving to class.
* Come ready to learn.  Remember, it is your future for which you are preparing.
* Be responsible. Your education is your responsibility.  I am here to guide you along.  Come to class on time and prepared and turn in your assignments on time.
* Be respectful.  Be respectful of yourself, the teacher, your classmates, and other visitors/guests of the school.

                                    School Wide Rules

​1. The teacher's desk and personal equipment (desk, chair,  computer, class phone, purse, etc.) should be respected.  Please do not invade their space.
2. The only snacks allowed in the classroom are those that are provided by the teacher.
3. Cellphones should be turned off and kept out of sight or they will be confiscated.
4. Chairs and desks should be used appropriately.  Please keep all legs of desks and chairs on the floor.
5. Students must have a pass to be in the hallway.  Passes will not be given out in the first or last 10 minutes of class.

                                       Grading Policy

In order to pass the class, students must demonstrate at least 60% proficiency on the topic.  Student’s will be given grades based on a point scale.  Large projects and Tests will be worth more points than smaller assignments, participation, and discussion.  Participation and discussion grades/points cannot be made up.  If you are absent (sick, clinic, doctors, etc.) we will work something out.

                           Attendance, Absences, and Tardies
If a student will be absent, a student advocate must call on or before the day of the absence (by 7:45am) for the absence to be excused. Students will be held accountable for all work missed during any absence. Excessive absences may result in loss of credit for the class.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain all missing work and assignments upon returning to school/classes.  Students will have 3 days to make up missing assingments.  Students who are suspened or have an unexcused absence will not be allowed to make up assignments that were missed.

A trady is defined as not being in the classroom within the first 5 minutes of class. Students who are tardy may not be allowed to make up work missed up until that point unless they have a pass from a teacher/staff.

                              Missing Assignments/Late Work

A missing assignment is defined as an assignment that a student refuses to do. Missing assignments result in a grade of zero and cannot be made up. This includes refusal to participate in class discussions and activities.

Late work will only be accepted up until the last day of the unit, or the day of the unit test.  It is important for students to understand the concept of responsibility and that their actions and choices have consequences (good or bad); therefore, students who choose not to do any work all quarter will not be allowed to make up work from the beginning of the quarter in order to pass.  

                          Scheduled Topics of Discussion

Currently, students are studying scarcity, choice, and market systems.  The next unit will focus on different types of governments which we will be able to tie back to the different economic systems.


Students are working on a project based unit in which they were posed with a problem of a gentleman named Holden Grant who wishes to get out of the Reality TV business and start a shoe company.  What is the problem? Well, Holden has no clue how a market economy works or where to start when trying to set up his business.  Therefore, he has asked us to teach him about a market economy and advise him on the type of shoe to produce, how he should produce it, and who he should be producing it for in order to have a successful business.

                                      Tutoring Help

The following social studies skills are important for students to understand and work with in order to be successful in the classroom:

Geographic Literacy: Using Mapping Tools, Analyzing and Interpreting Maps.

Visual Analysis: Analyzing Graphic Data, Analyzing Images.

Critical Thinking and Reading: Identifying Main Ideas, Sequencing, Identifying Cause and Effect, Drawing Inferences and Conclusions, Making Valid Generalizations, Distinguishing Fact and Opinion, Comparing and Contrasting, Analyzing Primary and Secondary Sources, Recognizing Bias, Identifying Frame of Reference and Point of View, Decision Making, Problem Solving.

Communications: Using Reliable Information, Transfering Information from One Medium to Another, Synthesizing Information, Supporting a Position.

The following websites can be used to aid students in learning.   -
This website has many supplemental lessons and online activities/games that look at government and economics. ​  
This website has social studies skills to work on with students.

Upcoming School Activities

December 15 - School field trip to Emagine Canton to see "Moana"
December 22 - Winter Carnival
December 23-January 2 - No School. Winter Break
January 3 - School Resumes
January 20 - Last Day of Quarter 2