Honors United States History Syllabus 2019-20               

Welcome to Honors United States History.  I am pleased that you have chosen to accept the challenge of this course. One of its greatest demands will be on your time. Success depends largely on self-discipline and your commitment. Students who are enrolled in this course should possess good reading, essay writing, and critical thinking skills, and work to continually improve theses skills as the school year progresses. What makes this course different? What can I expect? This course was designed to challenge you we know that you can succeed! Expect 4 -5 hours per week outside of class studying and preparing for this class. Essentially, you will be expected to step it up and own it, UC U Know!. By taking this class, I will also be preparing you for AP government & economics that many of you will be taking next year.

Textbook Norton (2008). A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, 8th Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Course Content Honors United States History surveys the history of the United States beginning with the colonial period, and ending with the international affairs and domestic changes in the post-1945 period to the present. Topics will be designed thematically around the following periods; pre-Columbian societies, discovery and settlement, colonial America and revolutionary ideology, constitutional theory and development, Jeffersonian through Jacksonian democracy, nineteenth-century reform movements, and Manifest Destiny and the American West. Other areas of focus will include the Civil War and Reconstruction, late 19th century immigration and industrialism, Populism and Progressivism, World War I and the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the New Deal, 20th century diplomacy, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War era through the late 20th century. Themes will include discussions of American diversity, the development of a unique American identity, the evolution of American culture, demographic changes over the course of America's history, economic trends and transformations, environmental issues, the development of political institutions and the components of citizenship, social reform movements, the role of religion in the making of the United States and its impact in a multicultural society, the history of slavery and its legacies in this hemisphere, and war and diplomacy in the 20th century. One of my major goals is to guide students through rich, balanced and thought provoking exploration of America's past and present.

Homework Assignments will include supplementary readings, research projects, presentations, oral reports, group discussions, weekly quizzes, and multi chapter unit exams. Students will also be required to view  lectures and videos online during the year. All work will be evaluated on its clarity, strength of analysis, historical content, presentation of argument, and mechanics of English usage. Major assignments will be given in advance, with specific due dates known far enough ahead of due dates to allow students to organize their time schedules and workload. All homework is posted on this website and it is the student's responsibility to know what is expected nightly and what has been covered everyday. If an absence occurs on a day when a class assignment is to be completed during the period, a different assignment may be given to students with an excused absence.Late assignments, though accepted, are penalized. Homework, if do the day a student is absent, is expected the day the student returns to class. Poor study habits can result in undue stress, emotional duress, poor grades and high level of frustration. Honors American History can be a demanding course, with homework every night.

Late Work Assignments turned in after the due date will be deducted 25% each day the assignment is late. Homework, if do the day a student is absent, is expected the day the student returns to class. Poor study habits can result in undue stress, emotional duress, poor grades and high level of frustration. Honors American History is a demanding course, with homework every night M-Th and quite often weekends are for review and getting caught up.

Grades Honors United States History is graded on a point basis. Points are totaled to determine the grade earned for each grading period There are four weighted categories; tests and projects (60%), quizzes (15%), homework(15%), analytical journal/notebook (10%), Of the total weighted averages, 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D. Grades will be updated and posted twice a month by computer accessible though PowerSchool online. All assignments, notes, outlines, and reflections to essential questions are to be filed in the student's interactive resource/note book. The key to success in this class is your ability to be strategic learners, take good notes from lectures and reading assignments, and do your best to stay engaged. Don't throw anything away. Students wanting to take Political Science their senior year should maintain an average of 90% for each semester.

Citizenship Each student is credited with satisfactory citizenship when he/she enters the class. The grade will be improved or lowered depending on participation, attitude, attendance, and the requirements set forth by UCHS. Please be advised of UCHS's new cell phone policy.

Class Participation Student participation is required. Class criteria will focus on note taking during the lectures, in-class group assignments, and classroom discussions. Consistent attendance is essential. Failure to bring working materials such as assignments, notes and textbook to class, disruptive behavior, working on other subjects during my class will have a negative impact on your grade. Make-up tests are to be taken the week you return and are your responsibility to arrange with me. Being absent on the day before the test does not excuse you from taking the test when scheduled. Extra Credit assignments are not offered.

Student Materials Students are to bring notebook, study guides, outlines, and articles we are working from during the week, on a daily basis. Outside course work in class is unacceptable. Failure adhere to these policies will lower the citizenship grade. Homework, essays, tests  are to be written in ink. Papers and projects are to be typed. Students are required to maintain and effectively organize a resource book of all Hrs assignments, articles, study guides, notes and review material covered in this course for end of the year review. 

*2 spiral plastic covered multi sectioned notebooks (one for each semester) are required for class lectures, outlines, and textbook reading assignments.

Students will consistently build  a resource notebook, which will be required in class everyday. Lecture notes, textbook readings and outlines, film notes, as well as pictures will be added to it throughout the year. It will become a valuable tool in preparing for quizzes, midterms, and unit exam. It is considered an important component of the course and a measure of student responsibility. It also contributes to 5% of your class grade (student participation).

Study/Review Groups You are highly encouraged to make small review groups. In these groups, you should analyze the course content and not simply summarize the readings and information. You should also go through discussion questions as well as review your notes in these study groups.

Examinations Weekly quizzes will be administered from each chapter. Unit exams will be given during the semester covering multiple chapters and will be a combination of objective questions and free-response essays. At the end of the first semester all students will take a comprehensive semester final. 

Academic Honesty There is an academic honesty policy at UCHS. Cheating and plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment with no opportunity to make it up; an automatic lowering of the citizenship grade to a "U" for the grading period, a referral to your counselor and a call home.

Once again, let me welcome you to Honors United States History.  If you have any questions or want to discuss your participation in the course please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available after school by appointment. I am looking forward to a great year and am proud you have taken on this challenge. Character counts!  

Mr. Brown


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