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Mr. Longmire's U.S. History Syllabus

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U.S. History
Mr. Longmire's
US History 8 addresses the major events and people in the history of the United States from the Revolutionary War period to the Industrial Revolution. Students will learn about the significance of these events, important people, and their contributions to our society today.
FREE ADMISSION
EQUALITY FOR ALL
FAIR AND BALANCED
You are expected to have the following supplies for class: 1) Fully charged iPad (Daily) 2) Spiral Notebook (minimum 120 pages) 3) Pencil, pens, glue sticks, colored pencils
What Do I Need To Bring To Class?
Semester 1
July-December
In Semester 1, we will explore how a group of rag-tag rebels went from serving a monarch and having their rights stripped from them, to declaring independence and creating a country based on liberty and natural rights. Semester 1 focuses on the birth of American Democracy.
INTRODUCTION
LEARN MORE
Please feel free to watch the videos and read the texts located on Canvas
American History Video
What We Will Learn Critical Areas of Study: 1. The Development of Constitutional Democracy (8.1/8.2) 2. The Early Republic (8.3/8.4) 3. The Divergent Paths of the American People: 1800-1850 (8.6)
Semester 2
January-June
In Semester 2, we will learn how fragile American Democracy can be as we identify the struggles and division of a young country.
INTRODUCTION
FUN FACT
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the 2nd and 3rd President of the United States who contributed greatly to the cause for Independence, both died on July 4th, 1826, 50 years to the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Furthermore, we examine critical issues that our country has faced in the past to include: slavery, women's rights, and the continued struggle to "form a more perfect union".
The Fine Print
What We Will Learn Critical Areas of Study: 1. The Divergent Paths of the American People: 1800-1850 The South(8.7/8.9) 2. The Divergent Paths of the American People: 1800-1850 The West (8.5/ 8.8) 3. Causes and Consequences of the Civil War (8.9.5/8.10/8.11) 4. The Rise of Industrial America: 1877-1914 (8.12)
Grading Policy
Academic Grading Scale
Class Requirements
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 Scholarship Your goal is to be advanced in your knowledge and skills. At the minimum, you should be is proficient. Strive for greatness! Take pride in your work! Grading Scale* 100% - 88% = A+ to A- (Advanced) 87% - 78% = B+ to B- (Proficient) 77% - 65% = C+ to C-  (Basic) 64% - 0% = F (Needs Improvement) Breakdown of Grading* Exams, Quizzes, Projects = 80% Notebook/Homework = 10% Final Exam* = 10% *Subject to change.
Citizenship Students' citizenship grades are based on their work ethic, behavior, attendance, and participation.   The following grade scale will be used to determine citizenship: A - Students actions help their learning and they make an effort to help others in the class learn. B - Students actions help their learning but they do not actively help others. C - Students actions are hurting their ability to learn. F - Students actions are hurting their ability to learn and they are hurting the ability of others to learn.
Expectations
                                      "Discipline yourself and others won't need to." - John Wooden                                                                                                       Classroom Constitution To be a part of this class: 1) Be Responsible (arrive to class on time, be prepared, your iPad is for learning) 2) Be Respectful (of each other, the teacher, and the classroom, keep your phone in your bag) 3) Be Honest (don't make excuses, make improvements) To learn in this class: 4) Work (every day, every moment, waste no time) 5) Work Hard and Work Smart (learn from, and correct, your own mistakes) 6) Work as a Team (help others succeed) 7) Positive Attitude (always believe in yourself, place value in your education) To be successful in this class: 8) Communicate (if confused ask for help, listen to instruction) 9) Accept your Role (you are a student, you are here to learn, make it a passion) 10) Never, ever, give up (if you struggle, we will find a way to help you succeed) Consequences for unacceptable behavior include: 1) Verbal warning/ discussion of behavior after class/ classroom cleanup. 2) Parent phone call. 3) Referral to counselor or Assistant Principal. *Any item deemed a distraction by the teacher will be confiscated.
Please make sure you have reviewed all this information with your student.  Student grades will be updated after each assessment on Jupiter Grades.   Email is the fastest way to communicate with me: [email protected] 619-498-6000 Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Contact Information
SOURCES Citizenship Grading Policy - Dr. Shannon Chamberlain Classroom Constitution adapted from Pat Summitt's "The Definite Dozen" Academic Grading Policy- Mr. Roberto Barraza What We Will Learn- Sweetwater Union High School District