Honors US History II Ms. Riley

Course Content:
Honors United States History II is a survey course intended to complete your study of American History. This course focuses on the emergence of the US as a world power beginning in the 20th century. Topics to be discussed include World Wars I and II, Vietnam, the Cold War, and the War on Terror, as well as economic, political, social and cultural developments at home such as the Roaring 20’s, the Great Depression, McCarthyism in the 50’s, the cultural revolutions of the 60's and 70's, and the Conservative Revolution of the 80’s. We will begin at the end so we can evaluate how past events and decisions set the stage for today’s events.

Your main textbook for the course is A History of the United States by Boorstin and Kelley. Additionally, we will supplement the text with updated articles and outside readings.

You will need a three-ring binder specifically for this course as well as tab dividers. You are expected to keep materials organized by unit; including unit outlines, notes, classwork, homework and quizzes. You will need a section for our marking period projects as well. I recommend you use loose-leaf paper because it helps keep your notebook cleaner and more organized. We will practice note-taking and organizational skills in class. Come to class each day with your notebook and writing utensil. Notebooks will be collected and graded periodically.

Learning Activities:
Class time will be use as time to present new information, expand upon homework content with different types of activities, and as time to review. Activities include PowerPoint lecture, discussion, cooperative learning activities, informal and formal presentations, debates, video clips, research, reading, individualized student explorations, current events, and quizzes and tests. You will have long term, independent marking period projects as well.

Online Assignments:
US History Wiki – Students will join the class wiki where they will be able to access class materials, plan and discuss unit material, and share and evaluate student work. The course wikipage is https://rileyhonorsusii.wikispaces.com/. Most written assignments must also be posted to turnitin.com.

Google classroom code: wm2a3q

Turnitin.com course code: # 11801210 and the password is “spartan”.

Rules and Regs:
My expectations focus on RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, and COMMON SENSE! Learning is an ongoing, interactive process that I expect you to engage in when in the classroom. Action will be taken if the learning process is disrupted.

Hall Pass Policy:
It is a very simple policy, if you are not physically in class, you are not getting your money’s worth! Students can have one “out” per week, be it locker, bathroom, drink, nurse, etc. You are required to get teacher permission. Only one person is allowed out of the room at a time and again, you still need my permission to leave. It is at my discretion to send you places while working on in-class projects.

Absences and Late Assignments:
If you are absent, it is your responsibility to keep up with the assignments you miss. Check the class wikipage for links to lessons and handouts. Hard copies of all classroom handouts can be found in the clear “Yaffa” block next to the windows. Assignments are expected to be turned in the day they are due, which means before or during class; however, I will accept homework for half credit the following day. This does not apply to projects/papers/presentations! Projects due on the day of an absence are due on that day regardless – email it or have a sibling, parent, or friend hand it in for you. The teacher will determine on an individual basis if special circumstances warrant any exception to this policy. In general, the late penalty for major assignments is a 10% daily deduction. Tests are to be completed within three school days from the date of absence, students are responsible for arranging testing time with the teacher. Extended, excused illnesses are the only reason to not have all work turned in before the unit exam. Unexcused absences are automatic 0’s! Get your notes in and show them to me.

As a high school and college student athlete, I understand that several of you are involved in sports and other activities that will cause you to miss class occasionally and put extra demands upon your time. Having been in that position myself, I know I worked hard to keep up with my academics and I will expect the same effort from you. Extra curriculars are an opportunity to learn valuable time management skills as well as responsibility, they are not an excuse for being late with homework or long term assignments. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of planned absences and field trips in advance, and to obtain all classwork and homework assignments for the absence.

Grading Policy:
Student grades are accessible online, all the time. I post assignment grades as quickly as I can…tests and major projects may take a few days. I use a cumulative points total, with major projects, tests, and marking period projects worth more points. I will stress that you must put in good, independent effort and complete all assignments on time and to the best of your ability if you wish to be successful. I fully expect students to demonstrate academic integrity in all assignments.
  • Please note, extra credit always shows up a 0% because assignments are out of 0 points.

Contact Information:
I firmly believe in open lines of communication between home and school. I encourage you to seek the assistance of your classmates, your parents, and your teacher (me) when you encounter a problem and I stress the sooner you do so the better! I can help you much more effectively if you don’t wait until the day something is due to let me know there is a problem. The quickest, easiest, and most sure way to contact me (if you’re outside the building) is by email. Also feel free to stop by my room or schedule an appointment if you need an extended period of time.

Voicemail: 215-233-6030 ex 2686
Email: **Jessica_riley@sdst.org**
Class Wikipage: https://rileyhonorsusii.wikispaces.com/

I look forward to learning with you this semester!