Camden Hills Regional High School

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US History II
Mr. Grey
Room 321 - Period Red 2,3
 
Syllabus
Description:

Course Description:  College Prep United States History II is the third required social studies course at Camden Hills Regional High School.  It is a continuation of United States History I.  This course will study US history post-Civil war to the present.  While assignments and teaching strategies vary according to the instructor, the basic content for all courses is listed below.  This course will also incorporate geography, government, culture, and economics into the material studied.  This course is student-centered; students will be active learners, investigators, and problem-solvers rather than being passive receivers of facts.  Each unit will also try to make connections with current events, which relate to the topics being covered.

General Guiding Questions Addressed Across Multiple Units—

Topic I (addressed primarily during Quarter 1): The United States’ Domestic Affairs

1: In what ways did the role of the federal government change?

2: How did American society and culture change?

 

Topic II (addressed primarily during Quarter 2): The United States’ Foreign Affairs

1: How did the role of the United States change from 18981945?

2: How did the role of the United States change after World War II?

3. What ideas and motivations drove the United States’ foreign policy?

 

NOTE: United States History II is divided into two courses, each worth ½ credit.  Students must pass both semesters individually to gain credit. If you fail a semester, you will need to retake that semester to graduate.

Texts:  Miscellaneous texts and online research.

Course Outline:  First Semester US II-A

Introduction and Review

Unit 1:  Progressive Era and Roaring 20’s

Unit 2:  The Great Depression and New Deal

Unit 3:  Imperialism

Unit 4:  World War I and Versailles

Unit 5: World War II

Unit 6: Origins of the Cold War

Semester Exam

Course Outline:  Second Semester US II-B

Unit 7:  Civil Rights

Unit 8:  The Clash of Liberals and Conservatives: From Johnson to present

Unit 9:  Cultural and Demographic Changes

Unit 10: The Late Cold War

Unit 11: The United States and the Middle East Since WWII

Semester Exam

 
Expectations:

Assignments:

Daily and weekly assignments for each unit will be distributed during the unit. These include independent work, readings and activities, individual and group reports, essays, mini-research activities, quizzes and tests, and notebook checks.  Students will be responsible for meeting set deadlines.  An assignment notebook/ICAL is recommended.  There will be a test or concluding activity at the end of each unit.  All assignments for the unit must be submitted before the unit test or concluding activity if credit is to be given.

Classroom Behavior:

 

1) Follow posted Classroom rules!

            A) Respect, Have fun, Save the world when you can.

2)  Leaving the classroom.

            A) No student shall leave the class without a pass.  Each class has a boys and girls pass.  You must fill it out and have me sign it, if the pass is gone, you must wait for its return! We will not have more than 2 students in the halls at the same time!

Library passes and hall passes will be handwritten with your destination printed on them,  some may need a return signature from another teacher.

            There is a bathroom is approximately 30 steps away, so bathroom time should not exceed 7 minutes. (This is a general time frame)  The Bathroom pass is NOT a hall pass will go no place but the bathroom on this floor. Got it?! If you abuse it you will lose it! (That makes for a long 80 minutes)

            Students may leave class only once during a class period. (Get your water on the way back from the bathroom)

3)  No eating in class.

            The Administration of our school prefers that all food be left in the cafeteria.  Besides, eating in front of others is rude. Finish your break and lunch food during those times please.

4)  Drinks in class.

            Appropriate drinks are permitted in class, but no glass containers.  If any containers are left for me to pick up, the whole class will lose this privilege.  Police each other.

5)  No Cell phones or texting in class.

            Turn them off at the door, or I will take them. Nuff Said.

6)  Tardy for class.

            A)  Being on time is an important skill, therefore, all students are expected to be in class BEFORE the final bell.  If you are late because of another teacher or meeting, bring a signed and timed note!

            B)  1st = 10 minutes, 2nd= 25 minutes , 3rd = 40 minutes and a social studies conference may be held,4th= office detention and follow up S.S. conference.  You can be asked to leave the class if your tardiness continues. If you don’t want to be here, change classes.

            C)  Students must come prepared for class.  Having to leave class to get your books or materials will be considered a Tardy.

7)  No foul or offensive language in school.  No harassment of any kind!

            Any harassment wil

 
Grading Policy:

Daily and weekly assignments for each unit will be distributed during the unit. These include independent work, readings and activities, individual and group reports, essays, mini-research activities, quizzes and tests, and notebook checks.  Students will be responsible for meeting set deadlines.  An assignment notebook/ICAL is recommended.  There will be a test or concluding activity at the end of each unit.  All assignments for the unit must be submitted before the unit test or concluding activity if credit is to be given.

This course will include regular independent work assignments, Class Preparedness work, in class work, and periodic test and quizzes, presentation, and research projects.  Knowledge, skills, class behavior, and participation will be evaluated throughout the course using a variety of assessment tools.

Assignments or tests may vary in weight in their category.  (Example:  A Unit test could be worth 5 X more than a quiz.)

            Each quarter will count 45% and the semester exam will count 10% of the semester grade. This is a one-semester course. If you fail this course, you will have to retake it next year. Ugh.

 Make up grades:

 Students are expected to make every effort to keep up with assignments when they are absent.  The school late policy will be followed. If you miss a class, you have one class to make it up.  If extenuating circumstances exist, then the student should meet with the teacher to set up an appropriate time to make up the work with out penalty.

 Failed test:

If a student fails a test or quiz, they may make that grade up to a passing 70% (D-). The retake must take place on YOUR OWN TIME, which is after school, or before school. (NOT DURING STUDY HALL) You can earn up to 70% of original grade. (Example: 100% on retake = 70% in grade book)  Tests are made up after school and can be corrected using students notebook and textbook. When all wrong answers are corrected and test is brought up to a 100%,

 Late homework:

If a student does not have their independent work complete by the due date (at the beginning of class!) the best grade a student can receive for that assignment will be a 70%.  The assignment must meet the criteria for an A grade to receive the 70%, any thing less and the grade will drop accordingly.  After 5 class periods, late work will not be accepted.

If a student fails an assignment/test they may also receive a 70% with agreement from teacher, and as long as it is turned in no later than 5 class periods after missed date. (Honest effort is what I am looking for!)

You have ONE shot at the 70%. If you do not do “A” work on the make-up you will receive 69% or lower.

Class Preparedness Work: some work will be assigned and will be needed to be complete for the next class. This material will be USED at the beginning of class so you MUST have it completed. These assignments will receive a 0% for a grade if not completed at beginning of class.  A student may make up that grade to a 70% by staying after school and completing the work. A minimum of 30 minutes after school will be needed to receive the make up grade of 70%, and must be completed within 5 classes of due date.

 MISCELLANEOUS:

1.     A THREE-RING NOTEBOOK.  There will be times that you receive material that will need to be put into a 3-ring binder.

      Attendance and make-up:  Students who have an attendance problem will have a very hard time passing this course.  Most of the material needed on major assignments is material covered in class.  It is extremely difficult to have any idea of what is going on unless the student is present in class.

a.   Students are responsible for making up assignments immediately after being absent.  Any unexcused absence (for skipping class or school) results in a zero for that day.

b.  If you are dismissed from school before class meets on a given day or if you come into        school after the class has met, YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR TEACHERIMMEDIATELY, so that you will be able to get the assignments for the next class period.

 

 
Assignments:

Assignments are located on the board at the front of the room and all assignments will be distributed through the Ebackpack app on students Ipad.