Social Studies Course Outline
We are about to embark on a journey through time, to learn about many of the most exciting and influential periods in American History. Some of the topics we will be exploring are:
- The Nation Divided
- The Civil War
- The West Transformed
- Industry & Urban Growth
- Political Reform
- World War I
- The Depression and the New Deal
- World War II
- The Cold War Era
- The Civil Rights Movements and more...
We will be using primary source materials, small group project-based assignments, individual research projects, plays, simulations, and a variety of media to investigate American History.
- Classroom rules: The rules in social studies are the same as those in the student handbook; the following will be emphasized:
- Arrive on time and prepared.
- Listen carefully and follow all directions.
- Only one person may speak at a time.
- Finish all work.
- Treat all people and property with respect.
Of course, students should also focus on our Raider Profile: Engage, Embrace, Think, Care, Create, Empathize, and Collaborate!
- Grades will be based on the following criteria:
- Assessments 30%
- Small Group Project-Based Assignments 20%
- Research Projects/Homework 20%
- Document-Based Essays 20%
- Classwork and Participation 10%
- Assessments: There will be a quiz after each chapter or unit. Quizzes may include multiple-choice, short answer, & constructed-response questions.
- Small Group Project-Based Assignments: Project-Based Assignments will mainly be completed and presented in class.
- Research Projects: Students will be required to complete an individual Research Project each marking period.
- Document-Based Essays: There will be 1 or 2 Document-Based Essay each marking period.
- Classwork and Participation: A collaborative, informed, creative, and engaged attitude is expected in class. Students will contribute to a dynamic whole-brain based classroom environment. Class participation counts and will be tracked using a "dot system".
- Notebook: Social Studies 3-ring binders will be kept in our classroom. An organized binder will aid studying.
- Textbook: America: History of Our Nation will occasionally be used in class.
- Absences: Students are responsible for work missed due to absences. Assignments, class notes, and project information are available in Microsoft Teams.
- Extra Credit & Extra Help: Extra assignments are available and encouraged. These can be used for a 5% On Coupon, which is worth a 5 percent bonus on any graded assignment. I am available to provide extra help just about every day until 3:00, by appointment.
- Contacting me: I can be reached by phone at LAMS ext. 71097. My school E-mail is email@example.com. Our class Teams Page includes information about our class, class notes, study guides, project information and more. Be sure to visit our Teams page often.