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Kristine Van Vleck
Ag Economics & American Government
Internships in Agriculture
Chowchilla High School > Teachers > Kristine Van Vleck > Ag Economics & American Government

Welcome to Ag Economics/American Government and the beginning of a great experience. Each day you will be expected to show dedication, integrity, honesty, loyalty and leadership. In this course students deepen their understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the nation and world in which they live.  They learn to make reasoned decisions on economic issues as citizens, workers, consumers, business owners and managers, and members of civic groups.  Students add to the economic understandings they acquired in previous grades and apply tools (such as graphs, statistics, and equations) learned in other subject fields to their understandings of our economic system.  This course is a course in social science, enriching students’ understanding of the operations and institutions of economic systems, rather than a course in household or business management or budgeting.  Students must use graphs and understand, at the appropriate level, the mathematical equations they represent.  Students first study basic economic concepts--- scarcity, needs vs. wants, circular flow of economic activity---then begin to master how the market economy spurs innovation and growth, and it also distributes income and wealth.  Students then begin mastering cost-benefit analysis.  The course later focuses on comparative studies of different economic systems, microeconomic principles, macroeconomic principles, and international economic concepts.  This course puts a strong focus on economic issues facing the agricultural industry today.

Topic of Study

While in this course first semester, you will learn:

·         Definition of Economics

·         Role of Economics

·         Introduction to Economics, Agricultural Economics, and Economic Growth.

·         Role of Natural Resources in Economic Growth                                                                           

·         Production Principles

·         Economic Systems

·         Microeconomics

·         Macroeconomics

·         International Economics

·         FFA/SAE/Leadership

While in this course second semester, you will learn:

·         The Constitution

·         American Government

·         Civil Liberties

·         Federalism

·         Comparative Governments

·         Agricultural Policy

·         FFA/SAE/Leadership

Grading Policy


            Tests/Quizzes/Projects                         30%

            Class Participation                                 30%

            Class Work                                           20%

            FFA                                                      10%

            SAE                                                     10%




Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. First infraction will result in a zero on the assignment, two Guided Studies, phone call home, and referral to Assistant Principal. Second infraction will result in a zero on the assignment, four Guided Studies, referral to Assistant Principal, and parent conference with recommendation of removal from class. If you need help, I am always available.


Cell phones, iPods, and other electronic devices

These items are not permitted at any time during class or in between periods. If they are out and I see it, I will confiscate from you. Make sure they are off and away. If someone needs to get a hold of you, they must call the office. This includes using the restroom, if you use your phone I will confiscate it. There is no reason what so ever for you phone to be on and out.


Food and Drink

At no time will you be allowed to eat during class time.  However, you may have a bottled water. There will be times that we will be working in the computer lab, when this occurs at no time are foods or drink allowed in the lab, please finish everything prior to entering the room. Tardies will be given if you are not done when the bell rings. Thank you in your cooperation to help keep the room clean.


Late Work

When I assign work, I will tell you when it is due; the Chowchilla Union High School Board policy is that late work will not be accepted after 7 days.  If you know you will be gone when an assignment is due, you must turn it in prior to being gone to receive credit.


Student Organization

By enrolling in Agriculture Economics and American Government, you are automatically a member of FFA. As a member of FFA, you are required to participate in three activities each semester. The FFA is a very active club on campus and you will have many activities to choose from.

Extra Credit

You have the opportunity to earn extra points for up to 2 activities beyond the required 3 per semester.