US History

Class Overview

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    1. Do not interrupt; raise your hand
    2. Be respectful of teacher and other students
    3. Come ready and prepared to learn: spiral notebook, pen/pencil, paper
    4. Work at learning
    5. Be organized



    Spiral Notebook




      First reminder - verbal warning

      Second reminder - parent contact and incident report

      Third reminder - referral to principal 


    Grading:  Students will be graded on tests, quizzes, homework, class work, non-fiction reading, writing, participation and projects.


    Team Late Policy:

    In Success Habits, Homework and/or class work that is not turned in will appear in Infinite Campus as M (missing) and count as a zero until completed. Late assignments will be accepted until the content/unit assessment with a 30% deduction for the first semester and a 40% reduction for second semester.  Grades for timeless will not be eligible for any late credit.   


    Social Studies retake policy:

    In Content Indicators, all students have the opportunity to improve a test or quiz grade by retaking that assessment content.  The retake will be a textbook created test so students will need to check out a textbook from the library and read the appropriate pages (I will assign them) that the original assessment covered.  The new assessment grade will replace the original score even if the new score is lower.  The retake must be done within two weeks of receiving the first grade. Non-fiction reading and writing, along with long-term projects, may not be retaken as the process is our practice.   


    Course Outline:  Our emphasis will be on the periods just prior to the Revolutionary War through Reconstruction.  Specifically we will be studying:


    • Unit 1
      • Colonies:  The Columbian Exchange,  items, ideas, foods, and diseases that Europeans and Native Americans exchanged after the arrival of Christopher Columbus.  How this exchange affected the rest of the world and the development of the original 13 colonies.
      • The Road to Independence:  Stamp Act, taxation without representation, Intolerable Acts, Boston “Tea Party”, The Revolution begins, Common Sense, defeats and victories,  Franco-American Alliance, The British move south, Victory and Independence, Loyalists during the American Revolution.


    • Unit 2
      • The Formation of a National Government:  State Constitutions, Articles of Confederation, The problem of expansion, Constitutional Convention, Debate and Compromise, Ratification and the Bill of Rights, President Washington, Hamilton vs. Jefferson, Adams and Jefferson, War of 1812, The second Great Awakening.


    • Unit 3
      • Westward Expansion and Regional Differences:  Building Unity, Extension of Slavery, Latin America and the Monroe Doctrine, Factionalism and Political Parties, Whigs, Democrats, and “know Nothings”, Stirrings of Reform, Westward Movement, Seneca Falls.


    • Unit 4
      • Civil War/Sectional Conflict:  Two Americas, Lands of Promise, slavery and Sectionalism, The Abolitionists, Texas and war with Mexico, The Compromise of 1850, A divided nation, Lincoln, Douglas, and Brown, Secession and the Civil War, Western advance, Eastern stalemate, Gettysburg to Appomattox, With malice toward none, and Radical Reconstruction.