Mr. Kenneth Elmore
B.A. American History - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
336-769-9671 ext 3661
|1st Semester||2nd Semester|
|AM HIST 1||1||CIVICS AND ECONOMICS|
|2||CIVICS AND ECONOMICS Honors||2||AM HIST II|
|3||CIVICS AND ECONOMICS Honors||3||AM HIST II|
Students are expected to attend class every day prepared and ready to participate. To help with this, students need to bring all of the class materials mentioned above every day. As I do not have my own classroom and space is limited on my roving cart, I will not have extra materials for students.
Unexcused late work will be accepted, but points will be deducted. Each day an assignment is late, 10 percentage points will be deducted. Please discuss any foreseeable issues with classwork/homework due dates with me prior to that date rather than approach me with excuses afterwards. Students are responsible for any work they missed due to an absence.
Students returning from an absence are responsible for completing missed assignments promptly (within two school days). You must see me outside of instructional time if you have questions. It is solely the student’s responsibility to get missed notes from a classmate or from the unit resources (PowerPoints, et al) posted online, and to both collect and turn in missed work.
While in class students are to follow all of the guidelines listed in the student handbook. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action as outlined in the handbook. Most importantly, students are expected to display respect to everyone in the classroom at all times.
Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there.
· Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings. Anyone arriving after the bell must have a pass to not receive a tardy.
· Remain with your group during group work.
· Please try to use the restroom during lunch/class changes.
· Come see me during office hours if you need additional help!
Do what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it.
· Stay on task. You are expected to work diligently in the allotted time and always do your best.
· Failure to hand in an assignment on time will result in a 10% reduction for everyday it is late.
· Come to class prepared. Bring all required materials (including notebook, writing utensils, due assignments)
· Cellphones are not permitted in class unless the teacher has given express instruction for the purpose of a learning activity. Headphones and listening to music are not permitted at all per district policy.
Say what you are supposed to say the way you are supposed to say it.
· Listen when I’m talking.
· Use appropriate voices and appropriate language.
· Respect others viewpoints; not everyone will always agree with certain viewpoints. You will also be expected to speak respectfully and academically about the peoples and cultures we discuss in class.
· When you need to ask a question, do so in a respectful manner that does not interrupt the teacher or a classmate. During class wide discussions, we will raise our hands.
· Participate in class discussions. Every student will be called on and this will count as part of your grade! Discussions allow us all to practice critical thinking skills, connect the course to current real world problems and share our own unique perspectives. This class will not succeed without everyone’s participation.
Course Information AMERICAN HISTORY II:
There will be a total of nine units in the course. Units will be organized according to chronology and central concepts to assist students in the organization and development of important historical skills. These units are subject to change as the need arises.
- Unit 1: New South and the Old West (Reconstruction, Western Settlement, and Populism)
- Unit 2: The Gilded Age (Industrialization, Immigration, Labor movements)
- Unit 3: Progressive Era (Progressivism, Teddy Roosevelt, Early Civil Rights)
- Unit 4: Imperialism (Spanish-American War, Open Door Policy)
- Unit 5: World War I and the Aftermath (WWI, Isolationism)
- Unit 6: Boom to Bust (Roaring Twenties, Great Depression)
- Unit 7: World War II and the Cold War (WWII, Cold War, Red Scare, Containment)
- Unit 8: Prosperity and Turmoil (Social and Cultural Changes of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s)
- Unit 9: Post Vietnam to Present (Conservatism, Terrorism, Globalization)
During this semester students will be assessed using a variety of assignments including, but not limited to: tests, quizzes, participation, individual work, group work, and a service project. The following units will be covered to help students get ready to become responsible citizens, and prepare for further education:
- Issues in Citizenship (Personal and Civic Responsibility)
- Foundations of the American System of Government
- Government Systems in the United States (Federal, State and Local Government)
- Civic Participation in Politics, Voting and Elections
- The American Legal System (Law Enforcement and the Court System)
- Personal Financial Literacy (includes EverFi)
- Basic Functions of the US Economic System
- North Carolina, US and the Global Economy
Parents and students, please visit my school website throughout the semester for further information, documents, links, and reminders of important dates.
The following websites/resources will also be used and may be accessed by parents and guardian upon request:
Interactive Online Textbook
Major works (projects, tests*) = 60%
Minor works (small projects, assessments, quizzes, etc.) = 40%
*test corrections are required on any test scoring below a 90% to earn a higher grade (students scoring below a 90% that do not do corrections will not receive any curve on their score). Corrections can also be made on tests scoring above a 90% to earn a higher grade, but are not required.
Not every assignment or assessment will be for a grade or will be graded for accuracy, but students must put forth their best efforts.
Each student’s overall grade in this class is calculated as follows:
- The 1st and 2nd nine weeks grades counts as 80% of the overall grade
- The cumulative, state made final exam score counts as 20% of the overall grade