U.S. History B Syllabus

Learn History and Be Awesome!

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US History Class Opener

HISTORY...MORE THAN JUST FACTS

While history is often viewed as merely a set of dates and facts to be memorized, “historians” approach the study of history through a different perspective. Historians examine evidence, ask questions, search for answers and investigate the past, present and future .This course is designed to guide students in the examination of American History with this thought in mind from Sam Wineburg, “History teaches us a way to make choices, to balance opinions, to tell stories, and to become uneasy – when necessary – about the stories we tell.”


Throughout this course students will engage in primary source document analysis, Pearson eTextbook and outside readings, a variety of lesson activities, and critical, analytical and interpretative writing assignments. These lessons encourage students to think conceptually about the American past and to focus on historical change over time.

GRADING POLICIES FOR U.S. HISTORY

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US HISTORY RESET POLICY

The purpose of re-doing work advocates for students to have the opportunity to truly grasp the learning material through mastery of classroom work. This policy is further designed to insure that all students have the opportunity to excel.


This is Mrs. Anderson's Redo Policy for ALL U.S. History courses-


  • Quizzes/Unit Tests: A quiz and/or unit test can be reset as well, however, I require students to submit a plan of relearning. Please do the following when you would like a retake:


  1. Name of the quiz/unit test you would like to retake
  2. Your first score
  3. One sentence on why you think you scored this way, and
  4. One action you will take to better prepare for re-learning. Example includes: make flashcards, extra practice, do the study guide, and/or review the lesson, etc...
  5. Webmail me your response and I will will reset your test so that you may do it over.


  • Portfolios: Portfolios can also be redone or improved upon after reviewing their essay rubric along with provided teacher comments.
  • Semester Exams- Semster exams are not subject to the re-do opportunity policy.

Note-Taking Policy


Notetaking is not always fun, but it is always beneficial. The purpose is of note-taking is simple: to help you study better and more quickly. GLCA allows for open-notes to be used for ANY assessment (quick checks, quizzes, unit tests, and semester exams) in your courses. Why? An assessment should be a test of your knowledge, interpretation and application of facts, and an understanding rather than a test of your memory. So take good notes while reading your lesson : ) There are many ways to do note-taking (Outline method, Cornell method, Sentence method, Mapping method, Visual note-taking-doodles, sketching, etc..) Find a method that works for your learning style and be consistent : )

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MRS. ANDERSON

  • Webmail (School Email)
  • 517-381-5062 extension 316 (Office Phone)
  • 734-256-4103 (Text Message + Phone)
  • Remind (text messaging) (you can also download the app on your phone)

SOCIAL STUDIES LIVE LESSONS


Live Lessons are optional; however, they are beneficial, particularly if you're struggling in the course.


  • Mondays 1:00-1:45 pm
  • Tuesdays 2:00- 2:45 pm
  • Wednesdays 11:00-11:45 pm
  • Thursdays 12:00-12:45 pm


Here is the link to click on at the start of the live lesson:


http://www.connexus.com/external/livelesson/?url-path=glcasocialstudies&domain=ww3.livelesson.com

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BEYOND THE eTEXTBOOK

Do you need more support in understanding your lesson, or maybe just simply want to dig deeper in lesson? Check out these resources!


http://teens.mel.org/ (Homework Help)

https://www.khanacademy.org/

BRING HISTORY TO LIFE!

When you read your history eTexbook, visualize what you are reading. This will help you not only remember and understand the information a lot better, but it will be history to life because it will be similar as to watching a movie.
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