U.S. History & Government Course Description


    This course is a full year study of United States History and Government, beginning with Constitutional Foundations, and concluding with current events and issues. All students are required to take and pass the Regents Examination in U.S. History & Government in order to qualify for a Regents Diploma. The Regents Exam will cover material that is presented throughout the year. In addition, there will be a midterm examination in January given by the Social Studies Department.

    One of the challenges we face in U.S. History is that the course material has a starting point, but no definitive end. Each year the challenge is to cover the same topics, plus events that have occurred in the past few years. For this reason the course is fast-paced, in order to meet the demands of New York State standards and curriculum requirements. I will do my best to meet those demands, while at the same time keeping my students on task and engaged in the material. The students in turn must help me by doing their part, which includes daily readings, class work, and homework, as outlined in the following pages.

    Success in school comes when everyone works together-parents, teachers, and students. In order to make this class both interesting and valuable to the students, a number of different activities and materials will be presented throughout the year. This will be a writing intensive course. Students will be able to improve their writing skills, which will help them both in and out of the classroom. There will be an emphasis on current events throughout the year. The more aware our students are of world events, the better they will be able to make important decisions in their adult lives. It is my hope to encourage this kind of learning in my students. I am available to help with any problem that might arise. Feel free to contact me here at the school at: 758-2241, Extension 71166. You may also email me at: jkaiser@rhcsd.org.