Hamilton Holmes Middle School,
King William County Public School District
United States History II 7th grade
Course Syllabus for 2014-1015
Instructor: Mrs. Rector Room: 219 Phone: 769-3434 #3 HHMS ext 249 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (email is the best way to contact me)
Materials needed to be successful in this class (all items are for student use only):
One 2” three ring binder and notebook paper Colored pencils (a set for home and a set for school use) Highlighters
Blue or black pens only and #2 pencils
Pack of post it notes
Optional items: Wite out, hand sanitizer, box of tissues
Other materials may be requested throughout the school year with advanced notice. Materials for student projects (items to construct or create their projects may include poster paper, cardboard, arts and crafts supplies, etc.) Note: students are responsible for creating their own projects and ideas. Examples will be provided to help the students develop their projects.
Topics will be assigned in advance. Students will be given guidelines explaining the components and grading of their projects. These guidelines will be used for all 4 projects throughout the year. The majority of these assigned projects will be done outside of the classroom by the student.
NOTE: THERE WILL BE ONE PROJECT PER QUARTER AND NO PROJECTS ARE ACCEPTED LATE
PROJECT DUE DATES:
OCTOBER 22 JANUARY 7 MARCH 24 MAY 21
We begin the year with a brief review of American History during the Civil War including major people, events, and social aspects. Emphasis will be on how history from that era affected modern history. This year long course provides a general overview of American history from Reconstruction to the present including major political, economic and social changes. Map skills will be enhanced and students will analyze and compare U.S. history in terms of chronology, location, geography, social structure, culture, government, economy, and other contributions. We will be focusing on Geography, Westward Expansion, Industrialization, the Progressive movement, WWI, The Roaring 20s, The Great Depression, WWII, The Cold War, Vietnam and modern day conflicts and issues. This year long preparation will provide students with an appreciation of the struggles of a changing and diversified nation.
To be successful in U.S. History II:
- Bringing all needed materials daily.
- All students are responsible for adhering to the guidelines stated in the Student Code of Conduct.
- A code of honor and integrity will be enforced at all times (cheating, plagiarism, use of materials on a quiz or test, not being truthful, etc. will not be tolerated).
- Students are responsible for making up any missing work, quizzes or tests on the day they return.
Parent contact will be immediate in all situations involving violations of classroom and school policies.
Tests/Semester Projects 40%
Daily class work and participation 20%
The teacher reserves the right to make changes in the interest of maximizing student achievement.
I ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________
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acknowledge that I have read the course syllabus for U.S. History II and will adhere to my responsibilities to be successful in this course.
I ______________________________________________________________parent/guardian signature
acknowledge that I have read the course syllabus for U.S. History II and will adhere to my responsibilities to help my child be successful in this course.
Student Expectations: Rector
1.All students are responsible for adhering to the guidelines stated in the Student Code of Conduct. This includes the electronic device policy.
2.Students are responsible for bringing all required material to class at all times. This includes your student agenda (to be used as your pass and to record assignments).
3.Students are to remain in their assigned seats during instructional time and should not expect to leave the room during this time. Students should use the restrooms and the water fountain between classes. Restroom passes will be issued for emergencies only and students must have their agendas signed as their pass.
4.The STUDENT AGENDA WILL SERVE AS A HALL PASS ~No student will permitted to leave the room without their agenda.
5.Homework will NOT be accepted late when the student is present in class. All assignments/projects that are assigned in advance must be turned in on time.
6.Students are responsible for arriving to class on time and must be in their assigned seats class begins. After two warnings, a detention will be given in accordance with the King William County behavior policy. Subsequent tardiness will result in office referrals.
7.Once students report to class, you are expected to be seated, quiet, and work on the “bell ringer” assignment that will be displayed on the board each day. Students are expected to remain in their seats during class time.
8.STUDENTS WILL NOT EAT, DRINK, OR CHEW GUM WHILE IN THE CLASSROOM.
9.All students are required to make up assignments missed when absent or tardy within three days of returning to school. Tests missed must be made up the day the students returns. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the teacher to arrange for make-up work or tests.
10.The dress code will be enforced at all times.
11.Students will respect themselves, peers/classmates, visitors, and teachers. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.
PARENT CONTACT WILL BE IMMEDIATE IN ALL SITUATIONS INVOLVING VIOLATIONS OF CLASSROOM POLICIES
US HISTORY II~Rector
PROJECTS –consist of a written essay portion and a visual presentation portion. Projects will be assigned each nine weeks; due dates are listed below. The rubric that will be used is provided below:
Content of presentation_________ out of 20 pts.
Organization_________ out of 20 pts.
Creativity/visuals _________ out of 20 pts.
Speaking skills_________ out of 20 pts.
4 Resources sited correctly_________ out of 20 pts.
TOTAL _________ out of 100
WRITTEN (ESSAY SEPARATE FROM THE VISUAL- MIN. 5 PARAGRAPHS):
Introduction _________ out of 10 pts.
Idea/concept _________ out of 20 pts.
Supporting the idea________ out of 20 pts.
Word usage _________ out of 10 pts.
Conclusion _________ out of 10 pts.
Paragraph order _________ out of 10 pts.
Sentence structure ________ out of 10 pts.
Punctuation/spelling ________ out of 5 pts.
Voice _________ out of 5 pts.
TOTAL _________ out of 100
Topics will be assigned in advance based on the material we are studying. Students will be given a project topic sheet for them to fill out and complete. This will help to guide them in their research and written essay.
Students will be given guidelines explaining the components and grading of their projects; these guidelines will be used for all 4 projects throughout the year.