Course Descriptions

US History I  2018- 2019 School Year 9th grade

United States History I Course Description:

This course will continue to integrate the following skills: inquiry, discussion, debate, reading, and writing. Emphasis will be on reading and analyzing a variety of primary and secondary historical sources. Students will be expected to draw conclusions from our inquiry and answer questions through writing and speaking throughout the year. Topics will range from native Americans I the pre-Columbus era to the American civil war. We will focus on the social, political, cultural, economic, religious, and intellectual history of the United States during this time.

Essential Questions here.

Classroom Expectations:

-      Our classroom is a place of learning.  Therefore, you should come to class with the proper items for learning, such as a writing utensil, two notebooks, and a three-ring binder with necessary documents.  You should also be attentive during instructional time and give your best effort on all assignments.  Lastly, we are all responsible to make sure that our actions do not distract others in the class from being able to learn.

-      Our classroom is a safe environment.  Each student deserves to feel safe expressing his or her thoughts and feelings in the context of our material and the learning process.  Therefore, there will be no taunting, put downs, or unkind teasing tolerated.

-      Our classroom is a place of respect.  As a teacher I will treat each of you with respect.  I expect that you will treat me, as well as each of your classmates, with the same respect.  Therefore, we will not interrupt when others are speaking, we will not take or use things that belong to other people, and we will be considerate of one another’s feelings.

-      Our classroom is a part of the larger Hoboken Charter School Community.  Therefore, we will not do anything in our classroom that would be a distraction to the ability of other students to learn and other teachers to teach.  We will also treat the building, the classroom materials, and the other individuals in the building with respect. 

o   Please observe the expectations of HCS as delineated in your student handbook.  (available on line)

o   No food or drinks allowed in the classroom, except bottled water.

Classroom Procedures:

Late Assignments:

            Late work will be graded and the % of credit earned on the assignment will be based on the circumstances: number of days late, rationale, reason, etc. Late assignments without a substantial reason will not receive full credit.

            If you are in the building at ANY time on the day that an assignment is due but you are not in class, your assignment is still due on the assigned due date.  If the assignment is turned in the next day, it will be considered late.

Extra instruction:

            In an effort to advance student learning and provide more individualized assistance, I will be setting aside Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 – 3:30 pm for extra help in my classroom.  Any student is free to come in during that time for extra help on homework, reading selections, and writing assignments. 

Absences:

            In the event that you are absent, you will be responsible for finding an appropriate time, preferably before or after class, to get those assignments from me.  Also, I will be happy to explain the assignments and any other information that you missed at an appropriate time, i.e. before or after school, during lunch, or when the class is working quietly on an assignment and I am free to speak with you.

Tardiness:

            You are tardy if you are not in the classroom when the bell rings.  Please do not try to split hairs over tardiness.  Instead, be proactive in planning your daily routines so that you can get in the habit of being punctual to class.

            In the event that you are tardy, you will be asked to sign in on the tardy sheet.  We will follow the Upper School tardy policy.

Cell phones:

Cell phones are not permitted at any time during class. If your cell phone is out during class time, you will be asked to turn it over until the end of the day.


Assessments:

            You will be assessed based on the following assignments, including class participation:

-Essential Question responses           -Exit slips                     -Tests              -Mind Taps

 

-Guiding questions      -Charts/summaries          -Group work           -Debates/discussions

 

Dismissal:

         The bell does not dismiss you at the end of class.  I will dismiss you.  You must be in your assigned seats until I dismiss you.

 

Syllabus

            Our goal is for you to achieve mastery in the subject of United States history through the Civil War.. This class focuses on a series of Essential Questions, which are available on my website – gregoryhistory.hobokencs.net. We will examine, discuss, debate, and answer these questions throughout the school year. By taking quality notes, being part of the discussion, actively participating in all class activities, and asking for help when needed, we can achieve our goal.


Units:

Unit 1 – Native Americans and European Contact

Unit 2 – Colonial America and the Makings of Slavery

Unit 3 – The Revolutionary Period and War

Unit 4 – The Constitution and the Early United States

Unit 5 – Westward Expansion and Jacksonian Democracy

Unit 6 – Antebellum Period and the Civil War


Grading Policy

            The grading scale for this class is the same as the HCS-Upper School Grading Policy.

Grade

Numeric GPA

Grade Numeric GPA

A+

99-100

4.3

           A

93-98

4.0

A-

91-92

3.8

 B+

89-90

3.3

B

83-88

3.0

B-

81-82

2.8

 C+

79-80

2.3

C

74-78

2.0

 C-

72-73

1.8

D

70-71

1.0

F

0-69

0

 

Our school employs a Quarterly grading system with report cards issued to students four (4) times during the course of the school year.  A term will be approximately nine (9) weeks, or 45 school days in length.  Final grades will be given at the end of each quarter. 

Report cards will be supplemented by OnCourse Reports which are available to all students and their parents via the Internet.  Each class shall have the identical weighting when calculating the final TERM GRADE:  80% course work, 20% final exam.         

Concluding Thoughts:

            I anticipate that we will have a full and rewarding year of learning together.  I look forward to working with each of you.  Each of you will contribute your unique qualities to our classroom community and we will all grow as a result of one another.

Mr. Gregory


US History II 2018- 2019 School Year 10th grade

US History II Course Description:

This course will continue to integrate the following skills: inquiry, discussion, debate, reading, and writing. Emphasis will be on reading and analyzing a variety of primary and secondary historical sources. Students will be expected to draw conclusions from our inquiry and answer questions through writing and speaking throughout the year. Topics will range from Reconstruction, the Progressive Era, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and America as the world’s primary superpower.

Essential Questions here.

Classroom Expectations:

- Our classroom is a place of learning.  Therefore, you should come to class with the proper items for learning, such as a writing utensil, two notebooks, and a three-ring binder with necessary documents.  You should also be attentive during instructional time and give your best effort on all assignments.  Lastly, we are all responsible to make sure that our actions do not distract others in the class from being able to learn.

-    Our classroom is a safe environment.  Each student deserves to feel safe expressing his or her thoughts and feelings in the context of our material and the learning process.  Therefore, there will be no taunting, put downs, or unkind teasing tolerated.

-    Our classroom is a place of respect.  As a teacher I will treat each of you with respect.  I expect that you will treat me, as well as each of your classmates, with the same respect.  Therefore, we will not interrupt when others are speaking, we will not take or use things that belong to other people, and we will be considerate of one another’s feelings.

-    Our classroom is a part of the larger Hoboken Charter School Community.  Therefore, we will not do anything in our classroom that would be a distraction to the ability of other students to learn and other teachers to teach.  We will also treat the building, the classroom materials, and the other individuals in the building with respect. 

o   Please observe the expectations of HCS as delineated in your student handbook.  (available on line)

o   No food or drinks allowed in the classroom, except for water from water coolers. 

Classroom Procedures:

Late Assignments:

Late work will be graded and the % of credit earned on the assignment will be based on the circumstances: number of days late, rationale, reason, etc. Late assignments without a substantial reason will not receive full credit.

If you are in the building at ANY time on the day that an assignment is due but you are not in class, your assignment is still due on the assigned due date.  If the assignment is turned in the next day, it will be considered late.

Extra instruction:

In an effort to advance student learning and provide more individualized assistance, I will be setting aside Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 – 3:30 pm for extra help in my classroom.  Any student is free to come in during that time for extra help on homework, reading selections, and writing assignments. 

Absences:

In the event that you are absent, you will be responsible for finding an appropriate time, preferably before or after class, to get those assignments from me.  Also, I will be happy to explain the assignments and any other information that you missed at an appropriate time, i.e. before or after school, during lunch, or when the class is working quietly on an assignment and I am free to speak with you.

Tardiness:

You are tardy if you are not in the classroom when the bell rings.  Please do not try to split hairs over tardiness.  Instead, be proactive in planning your daily routines so that you can get in the habit of being punctual to class.

In the event that you are tardy, you will be asked to sign in on the tardy sheet.  We will follow the Upper School tardy policy.

Cell phones:

Cell phones are not permitted at any time during class. If your cell phone is out during class time, you will be asked to turn it over until the end of the day.

Assessments:

You will be assessed based on the following assignments, including class participation:

-Essential Question responses           -Exit slips                     -Tests              -Mind Taps

-Guiding questions      -Charts/summaries          -Group work           -Debates/discussions

 

Dismissal:

The bell does not dismiss you at the end of class.  I will dismiss you.  You must be in your assigned seats until I dismiss you.

Syllabus

            Our goal is for you to achieve mastery in the subject of United States history. This class focuses on a series of Essential Questions, which are available on my website – gregoryhistory.hobokencs.net. We will examine, discuss, debate, and answer these questions throughout the school year. By taking quality notes, being part of the discussion, actively participating in all class activities, and asking for help when needed, we can achieve our goal. Our studies will include the history of Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

Units:

Unit 1 – Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (1865-1898)

Unit 2 – American Imperialism and the Progressive Era (1898-1916)

Unit 3 – World War I and the Roaring Twenties (1917-1932)

Unit 4 – The Great Depression and World War II (1933-1945)

Unit 5 – The Cold War, American Culture, and Civil rights (1945-1979)

 Grading Policy

            The grading scale for this class is the same as the HCS-Upper School Grading Policy.

Grade

Numeric GPA

Grade Numeric GPA

A+

99-100

4.3

           A

93-98

4.0

A-

91-92

3.8

 B+

89-90

3.3

B

83-88

3.0

B-

81-82

2.8

 C+

79-80

2.3

C

74-78

2.0

 C-

72-73

1.8

D

70-71

1.0

F

0-69

0


Our school employs a Quarterly grading system with report cards issued to students four (4) times during the course of the school year.  A term will be approximately nine (9) weeks, or 45 school days in length.  Final grades will be given at the end of each quarter. 

Report cards will be supplemented by OnCourse Reports which are available to all students and their parents via the Internet.  Each class shall have the identical weighting when calculating the final TERM GRADE:  80% course work, 20% final exam.         

Concluding Thoughts:

I anticipate that we will have a full and rewarding year of learning together.  I look forward to working with each of you.  Each of you will contribute your unique qualities to our classroom community and we will all grow as a result of one another.

Mr. Gregory

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