Course: United States History and Government
This course is designed to enhance your knowledge of the United States by examining its history and its government. By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the US government, the Constitution, and the events which have unfolded over the course of the nation’s history. This is a regents course, and you will need to take the exam in June as 10% of your final average.
Required for class:
1. Textbook: America: Pathways to the Present is available online on the SFP website. This is meant to serve as a reference.
2. Your iPad is expected to be in class, charged, and available to use. The iPad must be your SCHOOL issued/registered device. Failure to have the device present and working will result in a loss of credit on the assignments/exams given.
1) Test/Quizzes– 45%
Tests are given after every unit, and will be multiple choice in their entirety. Quizzes will similarly be multiple choice, but will be specific to an assignment or set of topics.
2) Short Answer/Essays – 15%
In addition, short answer and essays will be given to be written in class several times throughout the year. These will be graded independently of an exam. They may pertain to a single unit or, especially as the year goes on, include past material (this will be pointed out ahead of time to ensure accurate preparation).
2) Class Participation – 15%
It is expected that you will be in class, on time, and prepared. You will participate in class discussions and be respectful of those around you. Failure to comply with these expectations will result in a lower grade, compliance with this a higher one.
3) Homework – 15%
Homework will be posted to google classroom. It is expected that you finish the homework before the given due date and time. Late work will be accepted for 24 hours after it is due at a deduction of 30%, and after that will not be considered. Work CANNOT be made up at the end of a quarter.
4) Projects – 10%
Project will largely be assigned and worked on in class, though some may require prep work at home. Projects will sometimes be individual and sometimes be a group assignment – students are encouraged at any time they feel a group assignment is not evenly distributed to email me AS EARLYAS POSSIBLE so we can have the discussion about how to ensure equity. Projects are subjected to the same late policy as homework.
1. All SFP rules apply;
2. Dress Code is enforced;
3. The SFP Honor Code is in effect;
4. NO food or drink (this includes candy and chips);
5.If you are late to my class 3 times DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, you are referred to the Dean for Detention.
6. Cell Phones: I have a ZERO tolerance class policy regarding cell phones- Cell phones are not allowed to be seen by me during class for any reason. If it is seen during class time, a point will be taken off your quarterly average for each incident.
Class attendance at St. Francis Prep is a major priority. All students are required to complete all required work even if they are absent. If a student is absent from class 6 or more times for any given quarter, this will be considered excessive absence. This will result in a mandatory 5-point deduction from the quarterly grade. Please be advised classes missed due to lateness or early dismissal will be included in this group.
Communication is critical, both inside and outside of the classroom. Students who wish to meet with me outside of class are encouraged to schedule an appointment through email or at the end of class. Parents are encouraged to attend parent teacher night to discuss any questions or concerns, or just to put a name to a face. If need be, parents may schedule an appointment at another time. Students and parents may reach out to contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email gets checked regularly during the school day, but NOT at night or on the weekend, so please plan accordingly. In addition, parents may contact me via phone at 718-423-8810 ext. 236, but please keep in mind this is a communal voicemail for the social studies department.
I am looking forward to an interesting, productive, and enlightening year with all of you.
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