U.S. History Course Syllabus – 7th grade Mount Nittany MS
Mr. Stout – Green Team – 216
General Course Description:
Why do we have to study history? This is a common question with a multitude of answers. A famous quote by George Santayana sums up my belief quite well. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” History is full of life’s lessons. Some events were very successful and others were not, but each lesson can teach us something about the way we live and the direction of our future. This course will examine the time period immediately following the American Revolution up to the 1900’s.
Textbook: American History, by McDougall Littell (PDF version in modules)
In addition to the text we will be using many outside primary and secondary sources. Students will have varied instruction, including lecture, self-discovery, research, simulation, cooperative and independent assignments, socratic circles, and various types of media. The curriculum for U.S. History will include the following topics:
• Forming a Government after Revolution
• The Constitution
• Challenges of a New Nation
• Early Presidencies
• Expanding our Borders
• Industrial Revolution
• Changes in the North and South
• Manifest Destiny and Expansion
• Civil War and Reconstruction
Homework Page: www.scasd.org – select school – MNMS – Team – Green
Course Enduring Understandings:
1. The cost of freedom is great.
2. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the pillars of American democracy.
3. The events of the 1800’s continue to impact the U.S. culturally, politically, socially, and economically.
4. Immigration continues to change the face of the U.S.
5. Self-government requires a plan.
6. Unresolved differences and problems do not go away on their own.
Course Essential Questions:
1. How can we understand the present by investigating the past?
2. What factors promote change and/or conflict?
3. What rights and responsibilities go along with American citizenship?
4. Does human nature make war inevitable?
5. Where is America headed?
Students are required to maintain an organized and current notebook. A 3-ring binder with pockets or a folder will work best. This notebook will hold their social studies notes, handouts, and class work. Students will also be responsible for having their assignment book and a pen or pencil at all times.Student grades will be determined on a total point system. Students will receive points for their work. At the end of each grading period, students will receive a final letter grade based on their accumulated average. Letter grades will be assigned based on the district's grading scale.
Projects (multi-step assignments and writing)
Assessments (Tests/Quizzes/Authentic )
Classwork: All work not completed within the class period becomes homework unless instructed otherwise. Students risk losing out on the opportunity to receive an explanation of material if they do not complete classwork on time.
Homework: Students who miss will need to contact me if they do not understand the assignment even after looking at the Homework Table and/Canvas. If homework is incomplete students may be excluded from the review of the material and be asked to complete it outside of the classroom during that time. Students risk losing out on the opportunity to receive an explanation of the material if they do not submit homework on time.
Projects: Keeping pace with multi-step assignments is vital. Missed class time requires students to make up class work as homework in order to meet the deadlines. Some projects require collaboration and students who do not keep pace may be asked to complete an assignment without the benefit of their peers.
Assessments: Quizzes may be given with or without announcement. Retakes will not be granted unless announced by the teacher. Students who miss tests/quizzes will need to arrange a time to take the assessment. For each unit, students will create an authentic assessment to show understanding.
Late Work: Students who do not submit assignments on time still have the opportunity to earn credit. Students will lose 10% of their grade on the assignment each class day it is late. Once the assignment is 5 days late, the student has lost 50% of their grade. Student still have the opportunity to submit the assignment one week prior to the end of the 9 weeks. The assignment can receive up to 50% credit.
Classroom expectations will follow the MNMS Classroom Behavior Matrix