William Knox   751-4569 (text messages) (e-mail)

For this class I combine principles of civics and free enterprise with an emphasis upon civics the first semester and free enterprise the second semester
Course Description Civics: Introduction to study of government, philosophy, application in United States, political process, constitutional government, three branches of government, comparative government and current events, in compliance with the Grade Level Expectations established by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Course Description Free Enterprise: Introduction to Micro and Macroeconomics, including, supply and demand, markets, economic models and theories and current events, in compliance with the Grade Level Expectations established by the Louisiana Department of Education.


There is no such thing as a free public education anymore. The one-time fee for the combined class will be $10.00 per student. This money will be used to purchase supplies and materials consumed by the students throughout the year. Examples include projector bulbs, replacement lamps, tissues, printer cartridges, copies, Scan Tron answer sheets, and similar items. This fee may be paid by cash, check or PayForIt account starting Aug. 20. Please do not attempt to pay fees until after that date.

Resources: - Economics: Free Enterprise in Action, HBJ, 1988
- Magruder's American Government, Prentice Hall, 1991, homework web page: Shreveport Times newspaper, assorted magazines and Internet news sites.

Course Objectives: Civics: To analyze the Structure and Purposes of Government, the Foundations of the American Political System, International Relationships, and the Role of Citizens to their Country. Free Enterprise: to examine Fundamental Micro and Macroeconomic Concepts, the relationships between Individuals, Households, Businesses, and Governments, and the Global The Economy as a Whole.

Grading: Parish Grading Policy

In addition to the textbook, I will hand out large amounts of copied material throughout the year, and require the student to conduct Internet research. IT IS MY POLICY NOT TO ACCEPT LATE WORK UNLESS THE STUDENT HAS AN EXCUSED ABSENCE!

Classroom Rules:

Act like a young adult with careful attention to manners. If you don't know any manners, imitate the rest of us. Otherwise, quiet and comfortable. Sit where you like, and can see the board, but not if it causes arguments with others. When I or another student is talking there will be no disruptive talking. I define disruptive. Reoccurring disruptive behavior will be dealt with swiftly and decisively. One person talking at a time. Raise your hand if you have a question. Be considerate of others. Listen and follow instructions. ASK QUESTIONS! If you need to go to the bathroom, catch my eye and point to the door. Wait for the nod and then take off. One person at a time. Carry a water bottle to class or limit trips out of class for water as long as you can stand it. NO FOOD OR DRINKS, other than water, in class.
I treat students with respect and I expect the same in return. If any student is unclear about how far he or she can "act-out" in class, please refer to my specific behavioral expectations for students located, HERE!


Teachers hate to be interrupted with questions that have no direct relevance to the topic being discussed and this will often result in a snarl and a harsh stare from the teacher. Beware.

Most teachers gladly welcome questions pertaining to the topic under discussion and this will often result in a smile and a kind word from the teacher. Word!

When in lecture mode, teachers can't stand to have students walk between themselves and the class. This will often result in a snarl and a harsh stare from the teacher. Beware.

Teachers will usually notice with fond kindness the considerate student who passes behind the teacher when in lecture mode and shower that student with real praise and/or imaginary candy.

Teachers take careful note of students who are habitually late to class and will work closely with that student and his or her parents in a kind and supportive manner to make certain IT STOPS HAPPENING!!!

I'm as nice as the next guy, but not as nice as the guy after him, therefore, it is my policy to give all students the benefit of the doubt. Very few students actually abuse this but probably wouldn't if they knew any better. It must be all about what you know.

Teachers just LOVE IT when students laugh at their pitiful jokes as if they were actually funny, but if students laugh too much this will only encourage the teacher to make more pitifully unfunny jokes. Employ discretion.

The Tortuous Process:

Classroom Assignments:

- as assigned throughout the year on a daily or weekly basis, usually based upon text-based activities.

Chapter Tests

- Approximately 100 points, covering all material in the textbook chapter and any supplemental material assigned. These tests are of a varied format ( multiple choice, matching, essay, true/false). Look to the homework web page for detail about material covered by the test.

Internet Assignments

- 20 points. Issued periodically. Checked for completion and accuracy. Do not e-mail the assignment to me, instead, print it out and turn in when due.

Section Review Assignments

- 15 points. Due by the date listed on the homework web page and whiteboard. Checked and points awarded for completion, discussed in class for accuracy. Must be hand written - not typed!!

  • You will be required to keep all graded quizzes and papers I hand back to you in a pocket notebook. I will keep your graded chapter tests and final exams. The final exam is cumulative and will cover everything on all previous chapter tests.