American History 7 Ms. Hurst Overview Welcome to American History! My name is Sherice Hurst, and I will be your child’s 7th grade American History teacher this year. At Ponchatoula Junior High School, we use the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum as our guide for assurance that your child is being taught the necessary components for the iLeap and Leap assessments. The curriculum is divided into timed thematic units and various activities to support each unit. In American History, there are seven units. Below you will find a tentative list of each unit and the weeks allotted for completion: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The American Revolution (1776-1789) Building a New Nation (1789-1800) Expansion and Conflict (1800-1850) Growth of a Nation (1800-1861) Reform Movement (1800-1861) The Civil War (1850-1865) Reunion and Reconstruction (1865-1877) 3 weeks 9 weeks 5 weeks 5 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 2 weeks This packet will outline my expectations and how you will meet them. This packet will also serve as a check of your understanding of these expectations, and it will serve as your first grade. Learning and Teaching Goals/ Objectives Research has shown that students (and teachers) perform better when they have clearly stated goals that they are trying to achieve. YOU will write “learning goals/ objectives” and essential questions for every lesson at the top of your notes. These goals/ objectives and questions explain your daily lessons. Overall, I have three major learning goals for you this year: 1. Know and understand US History content from 1500s to 1877. 2. Develop your skills (study, test-taking, writing, etc.) that show an understanding of this content. 3. Develop and enhance your critical thinking skills to develop new ideas and learning. Why you must learn US History There are many reasons why you must learn US History, and I will demonstrate those reasons to you throughout the year. But you need to know up front that you MUST learn US History because it helps you become a better thinker and a better citizen. US History is the one subject that binds all of us together as Americans and makes us all unique and one at the same time. This fact will be demonstrated to you throughout the year. How you will learn US History I will use many different techniques to teach US History. That is because all of you learn in different manners. But, generally speaking, here is how each unit will be constructed: 1. You will review what resources you have to learn about the unit - Textbook review - Internet - Unit Outline - Other materials 2. I will present lecture, readings, and individual and group projects to give new information to you. You will be given powerpoint presentations, but you will NOT receive 50-minute lectures every class. 3. Tests and other assessments will be given along the way to check on your understanding of the material and use of skills. 4. You will receive DBQs (document based questions) to allow you the chance to show what you have learned to the teacher in the form of short answer responses and/or an essay. How the teacher will measure your progress I will use a wide variety of tools to measure your progress. You will be evaluated on written assignments, quizzes and tests, group and individual projects, oral answers and other assorted assignments. It is important for you to understand that I WILL GIVE YOU EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO PASS THIS CLASS AND DO WELL, but YOU WILL HAVE TO DO THE WORK. What you will need for class Generally speaking, you will need the following items for class EVERY DAY. You will need a pens or pencils, color pencils, glue sticks, notebook paper in a three-ring binder or a 5 subject notebook, and a folder to put in all of your papers. RULES THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED IN CLASS In order to ensure that you learn effectively and safely, the following rules must be followed in class: 1. Be on time to class. 2. Be prepared for class. 3. Try your best on every assignment. 4. Respect others property, feelings, and opinions. 5. Do your own work (No Cheating). 6. Always follow the teacher's instructions. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU BREAK THESE RULES Order and discipline are necessary in the classroom in order to keep you safe and to ensure your learning. Every situation is unique when a student breaks a rule. Sometimes the infraction (broken rule) is accidental and all that’s needed is a quick reminder from the teacher not to do it again. Other times the breaking of a rule is intentional or represents a pattern of unacceptable behavior. In this instance, I give you a warning. If the behavior continues, then you will receive reflection work and/or a parent/ teacher phone call so that you and I can discuss ways to improve your behavior. If the behavior does not change, then I will contact the principal and/ or disclipinarian. But in any case, you must remember that YOU are responsible for your actions and the consequences for those actions. HOMEWORK ALL HOMEWORK MUST BE TURNED IN ON TIME. No homework will be accepted after the turn-in date assigned by the teacher. This is because I often goes over the homework in class that day and do not want students to get in the habit of trying to turn in homework AFTER the answers have been given. If you turn in homework late, then it is a 0. The only exception to this is if you were sick or legally absent on the day that it was assigned or if you are legally given more time. In that instance you will have extra time to complete the assignment. A Final Word from your Teacher… I look forward to teaching every one of you. I have the best job in the world: that is helping each of you to begin realizing your full potential as students, young adults and citizens of this country. If I can help you with anything, come and talk to me. If I’ve said something that you don’t understand or that bothers you, come and talk to me. But make no mistake, just like your parents I am here to push you and hold you accountable. In the end, that is the greatest way that I can show you that I care about you. Signatures I have read this packet and understand the rules and procedures of this class. I will try to give my best effort, obey these rules and follow these procedures. Student Signature I have reviewed this packet with my student and have made sure that he/she understands that Ms. Hurst and I are confident that he/she will give his/her best effort in this class. Parent Signature (Note to Mom/Dad/Guardian: If you are short on time in reading through this packet, turn to the next page (Appendix A) for a quick summary of everything in this packet.) Please check this box if your child does NOT have access to a computer and the internet at home or outside of class. Appendix A: Summary of Packet To the student: This summary is given as a time-saver for Mom/Dad or your guardian. YOU, on the other hand, must fully read this packet to ensure complete understanding of what’s expected of you. To Mom/Dad/Guardian: Thank you for reviewing this packet. Please feel free to read the whole packet or just read this summary and have your student brief you on the points below. When your child “briefs” or elaborates on this information to you, s/he is practicing a learning technique that will help them. Learning Goals 1. Know/Understand US History Content. 2. Develop study, test-taking and writing skills. 3. Develop and enhance critical thinking skills. Why students must learn US History -The study of US History makes students better thinkers and citizens. How students will learn US History 1. Resource review 3. Lecture, readings and individual or group projects 2. DBQ writing 4. Tests and other assessments How the teacher will measure student progress Wide assortment of written and verbal activities as well as group/individual projects What students need for class Students will need a pen/mechanical pencil, 5 subject notebook or three-ring binder with paper, and one folder Class Rules Be to class on time, prepared and ready to give your best effort. Respect other people’s feelings and property. Do your own work. Follow the rules. Consequences for breaking the rules The student is responsible for his/her behavior. Teacher will assign consequences if the behavior continues (i.e., warning, reflection work, parent call or note, principal/ discliparian help or input if needed). No Cheating Allowed Homework Policy No late homework accepted (except for illness, IEP or 504 plans). Other opportunities will be given to make up missed work.