Thursday, August 20, 2009

Your AP Economics Course: Begin With The End in Mind

Summary: Whether you teach AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics, the CollegeBoard's "Acorn Book" (PDF) gives you a map to AP Economics success.

The "Acorn Book" (PDF) provides the details for syllabus and lesson plan construction. If you want your students to be successful on the AP Economics exam, you'll plan your lessons around this content.

The "Acorn Book" (PDF) provides a course outline with the percent each topic will be tested. For AP Microeconomics, pages 10 and 11; for AP Macroeconomics, pages 26, 27, and 28.

(Note: If you are reading the "Acorn Book" in a pdf file, Microeconomics is on pages 16 and 17; Macroeconomics, pages 32, 33, and 34.)

What Should You Teach In An AP Economics Course?

Often times, new AP Economics teachers wonder what to teach.

The first place to start is what will be tested. The contents of the tests, along with the relative weights of each concept, can be found in the course description.

What are your tips for planning and delivering a successful AP Economics course? Let us know in the comments below.

Good luck and I wish for success for all during the 2009-2010 school year.

About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, IA. He is an author, and also publishes the Mikeroeconomics and iMacroeconomics VB blogs.


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