Mrs. Purcell


Welcome to Mrs. Purcell's Government/Economics 
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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 Government and Economics. I have been with CBF for 7 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

I will be teaching a Government/Economics course this year as well as a PLATO - Math Accucess class too. 

Government and Economics are designed to meet the Michigan HSCE standards for Government and Economics.  Through Project based learning, students will gain knowledge about the Constitution, the three branches of government and how each operates, elections and the importance of voting, their civic duty as citizens of the United States, basic concepts of economics including how to start up a business and the risks of doing so, supply, demand, price controls, how the government influences the economy (knowing how to read/predict the economy is beneficial in the long run for purchasing items that are more costly), and the  importance of specialization and trade.  All concepts and topics taught are designed to prepare students for life outside of the school and to help them be productive and successful citizens of the United States.


                             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. 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.

For the Math Accucess class, students must spend a majority of their time on task, working on their prescriptions, on average about 30-40 minutes a day.  This is a pass/fail class.  Students who do not spend an average of 30-40 minutes a day working on their prescriptions will not pass the class.

  •                            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. 


Units of Study

Government (1st semester):
The Constitution, The Legislative Branch, The Executive Branch and Elections, The Judicial Branch

Economics (2nd semester):
Econ Basics, Supply and Demand, Role of Gov't in Economy, Economic Indicators, Trade, Personal Finance

Class Work/Projects

 We have just finished our economic basics unit in which students helped a business man decide what type of shoe he should produce, how he should produce it, and who he should produce it for as well as explaining how a market economy works so that his business will be successful (pictures coming soon).  Our next unit of study will focus on supply and demand and the relationship of the two which determines the price of products in the market place.

                                      Academic Supports

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.

Board Games to Play: Ticket to Ride (map and trivia skills), Monopoly (money/business theme), The Game of Life (Personal Finance), Risk (map and strategy)

TV Shows to Watch: Jeopardy (available on Netflix and Hulu.  Airs on Channel 4 at 7:30pm Monday-Friday) and Wheel of Fortune (Airs on Channel 4 at 7:00am Monday - Friday)

Upcoming School Activities