The US History course examines the forces which make America a superpower, a battleground of rights in conflict, an industrial giant, and a land of many cultures. The course examines the rise of America to world leadership and the problems that result from and threaten that role. A variety of learning opportunities and assessment vehicles are used to accommodate different learning styles, including cooperative groupwork, short and long-term projects, interpretation of primary source material, notes and reading assignments.
US History Topics of Study:
World War I
New Deal / Great Depression
World War II - Atomic Bombs
Civil Rights Movement
Class Participation and Preparation
You are expected to arrive in class ready to work with paper, writing instrument, 3-ring binder, and assignments. All assignments should be completed on time. Late work will not be accepted after a unit is completed. Late work will be graded down 10 points each day it is late. If you miss a class for any reason, it is your responsibility to make up the missed work. I will keep extra copies of all assignments on hand. I will not hunt you down to make sure you have everything you need, but I am more than happy to offer you assistance if you ask. For missed notes, please borrow a classmate’s.
The main guideline in this classroom is the Golden Rule: treat others the way you would like to be treated. I expect all students to show respect for each other, the classroom and the class materials. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
Each member of the class is expected to maintain a three ring binder that contains this syllabus and all class materials. Binder checks will happen periodically and will count as a project grade.
Class Participation 25%
Projects and Papers 25%
Students will be evaluated using the above criteria. Some units will end with a unit test, while others will culminate in a project. Quizzes will occur almost weekly and the lowest quiz grade each quarter will be dropped. Class participation includes all facets of classroom work, including: group work, in-class assignments, class discussions, behavior and etc.