United States History I Honors Mr. Farrand firstname.lastname@example.org Course Description:
This course is a broad survey of the history of the United States of America from the “discovery” of the continent in 1492 to the 1930s Great Depression. With more than 400 years of history to cover the pace will be quick. The workload and depth will be slightly less than the AP classes (and the grade weight a +8 instead of a +10), but it will still be considerably more challenging than the "College Prep" courses. Honors will truly prepare students for the rigors of advanced college work. Homework or reading should be expected almost every night. Taking good notes, participating in class discussions, and keeping up with the readings and homework are absolutely essential for success in this course.
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Various handouts and primary source documents throughout the academic year.
A notebook is a requirement for this course. A three ring spiral notebook (1.5 in. or greater) is necessary for both note-taking and containing the frequent excerpts of primary documents and historical works provided throughout the year.
Students will be responsible for a variety of different assignments throughout the course. There will be weekly readings from the textbook or from handouts for which students will be responsible. There will be homework assignments of varying length and difficulty. Assignments will be due the next class unless otherwise noted. There will also be occasional reading quizzes. There will be several essays which should follow the MLA format as well as group presentations and projects.
As this is a preparatory course for college, tests will be long and heavily weighted (as they will be). There will only be two or three tests per quarter. Studying is essential- and study guides will always be provided. The midterm and final examination will follow the guidelines of Hackettstown High School for date and weight.
Tests and Quizzes 45% ~2 tests, several quizzes per quarter
Essays and Papers and Presentations 40% A few per quarter
Homework and 21st Century Skills 15% almost every day
Though this will be a difficult course, I want all of my students to succeed and will always be available for extra help. In my free time I can usually be found in Room A17 and am usually at the school till ~3:30, but the easiest way to get help is to contact me via email and/or set up an appointment. My classrooms this year are C11 in the morning and A17 in the afternoons – try these first.
Academic Honesty: It is expected that students will use genuine, sincere, and fair means for the accomplishment of the tests, tasks, or projects from which evaluations of progress shall be determined. Students found plagiarizing, copying or cheating in any way will receive automatic zeros and have phone calls made to their parents.
Late Work: Homework assignments may not be turned in late. Papers and projects may be turned in late with an appropriate penalty for each day late.
Class Policies I will lead a respectful and disciplined classroom. This requires a few simple rules. It is your responsibility to follow these policies, or face the logical consequences. I do however, promise fairness in implementing them.
A. Class Rules
Be Seated- Be in your assigned seat and working on the assigned bell work when the tardy bell rings. Do not walk around during class unless directed to do so.
Be Respectful- Students will exhibit courtesy and respect toward all other students at all times. Hateful comments concerning race, gender, sexuality, political views, appearance, or of any other type will not be tolerated; this applies to serious as well as "joking" comments.
Be Prepared- Bring ALL books and materials to class and take them with you when you leave.
Raise your Hand- Freedom of speech is very important in the classroom, and everyone will have a chance to speak. However for the sake of order, hand raising is required if you have a question or comment. The exception is during “Free Response” times, which will be noted by me on the board, where raised hands are unnecessary.
Nothing Goes Airborne- Nothing will go airborne in class at any time. This includes pens, paper, and other students.
In addition: Follow all the procedures and policies listed in the Hackettstown High School handbooks.
B. Tardies and Late Arrivals A Student who is not in the classroom, seated, and prepared for class when the bell sounds, is considered late or tardy. Three tardies are equivalent to one absence. In addition, lateness exceeding 11 minutes is considered a full absence. So be on time!
C. Attendance If a student has an excused absence from class he or she is responsible for the assignments/ homework that were missed. The student has as many days as he or she was absent to make up the assignments. It is up to the student to inquire about missed work and tests as soon as possible. Make up tests must be scheduled by signing up for a test appointment the next day. Zeroes will be given if a student fails to make up work within an acceptable time frame. Unexcused absences void all make-up privileges.
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I have read, understand, and agree to follow the rules and policies of Mr. Farrand’s course: