Without out an understanding of the past, we would be lost as a society.
To help understand human interactions that occurred in the past, are occurring now, and that are likely to occur in the future.
How did our country get like this?
Who are we as a people?
How did the shape of the land play a role in the shape of our society?
To succeed in this course:
Must be committed to hard work
in and outside of the class.
Neatness (shows you care)
Completeness (shows you know)
Creativity (helps you remember)
Be Organized Keep your class materials in good order. Maintain a neat, accurate assignment notebook, calendar, or other means of tracking assignments, both for daily homework and long-term assignments.
Use the notebooks, folders, pockets, etc. that I require to keep materials organized & useful.
Learn to manage your time wisely, allowing the time necessary to complete assignments to the best of your ability.
Engage willingly and actively in in-class activities and discussions.
Be willing to answer questions and share ideas with the class as a whole.
Work productively when placed into groups with other students.
Be creative and original in your approach to your school work.
Treat other individuals in the classroom with respect and common courtesy.
Show that you respect yourself as a student by taking pride in your work and the work of groups in which you participate.
Provide honest, mature feedback to your classmates when reviewing their class work
Be attentive and cooperative in the classroom. Please be particularly careful to NEVER speak when another person is speaking to the class as a whole.
Read & follow the directions provided for each assignment. Pay attention to details!
Use the rubrics provided for formal writing assignments and long-term projects. These indicate exactly what is expected, and, in effect, tell you exactly what you need to do to earn a superior grade.
Each individual, graded assignment will be given a point value.
Values will range from as few as 5 points to as many as 100 or more points
Points will be awarded for:
daily homework and in-class assignments
daily reading & summary quizzes
participation in class activities & groups
long-term projects and writing assignments
unit tests & quizzes
Number Grades reflect percentages on a tests and quizzes, scores from rubrics, peer evaluations and teacher evaluation of participation in the classroom
Overall grades will be based upon the total number of points earned during the marking period.
I expect you to complete assigned work on time.
Any formal, written assignment or long-term project that is submitted after its due date will be penalized the equivalent 5 points per day for up to three days. After that point, the assignment can earn no more than half-credit.
Extensions due to extenuating circumstances may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Completion of homework assignments is ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED, for two main reasons:
Homework assignments will often act as the background or starting point for in-class activities.
Helps you to become more independent, self-reliant learners. It also encourages you to be somewhat organized and disciplined.
Homework assignments are due at the beginning of class; no credit will be awarded for homework assignments that are not ready for review at that time.