Classroom Expectations

Responsibilities

  • You are responsible for all class work and homework assigned as well as exams, quizzes and projects.

  • You are responsible for any work missed due to absences of any kind.  If you miss class, check the website calendar and corresponding chapter for the work.  You may also talk with me to discuss missed assignments I will me more than happy to help you catch up with your work. You will have the amount of time you were absent to make up missed assignments or tests.  

  • All make-up exams will be given during your study hall.  You are responsible for scheduling your make-up within a few days of missing the exam.

Homework Procedures

  • This is simple, you must complete your homework by the assigned deadline. If the homework is checked for completion only, and gone over that day in class, you may not receive any credit for bringing it in the next day. However, should I choose to collect the homework to read and assess your knowledge and contents then you may bring it in the next day for half credit. After that you will earn no credit.
  • If you are absent due to illness or other excused reason you will be accorded the additional time allowed.

Essay/Project Procedures

  • Essays/projects must be turned in on their due dates. If you are present in school but miss class the day an assignment is due, you must hand in the assignment by the end of the day or risk reduced credit. Late essays/projects will be accepted in accordance with the parameters for lateness spelled out at the time you are assigned the project. Complete details will be provided with the assignment as well as the rubric used for grading.

Format for Written Material

  • All final drafts of written material – homework, essays and other projects – must be typed, double-spaced and stapled in the upper left-hand corner. Use either Times or Times New Roman as your font size 12.  I do not want any other fonts or sizes used.

  • If typing is not required, material should be written in blue or black ink on lined paper. The paper must have clean edges. All written material must be proof read. Obvious failure to proof read or spell check will lower your grade.

  • All reference in your writing to ideas or words that are not your own must be cited using the appropriate format in the MLA style sheet.

Classroom Behavior

  • I expect you will be in your seat each day ready to work when class begins. The bell does not dismiss you, I do, so don't start packing at a minute or so remaining.
  • I expect you will not begin packing up your belongings prior to my telling you we are through for the day.

Academic Integrity

I take academic integrity very seriously. Plagiarism is a form of cheating in which you present another person’s ideas or words as your own. By this I mean I expect you to:

  • Complete all class work, homework, opportunities, research writing, or any other assignment on your own unless told otherwise by me. Copying another individual’s homework, and turning it in as yours, will earn both you and the person who let you copy the work a zero for that assignment.
  • When writing essays or research papers, and you borrow another person’s ideas or words, you must indicate that you have borrowed them by citing your source using the MLA style sheet.
  • Should you choose to violate the academic integrity code I have no option but to report the incident according to the school policy.

Grading

Grading will be conducted on a total point system. Much of what you do in relationship to the course will have a point value associated including such things as class participation and library work. You will be assessed primarily on your knowledge of American History as well as your ability to express that knowledge in both objective, multiple choice style questions, as well as written essays.

APUS Students - All opportunities will be timed. You need to get used to working under the time restraints that will be imposed upon you by the APUS Exam in May. There are a number of categories where you can earn points:

Major Opportunities, or Major Ops - These will consist of two parts, the first being 30 multiple choice questions and a free response essay.  You will have the entire class period to complete both. You should anticipate one at the end of one or two chapters that we study.

Document Based Questions or DBQs - Over the course of the year you will have the opportunity to practice your interpretation of primary source documents and how to use that knowledge by combining the documents with what you already learned.  This skill is important as the DBQ on the AP  Exam constitutes 25% of your grade.  There will be ample opportunities for you to pracctice and get used to this task.

Minor Opportunities or Minor Ops - These will be 30 multiple choice questions.  You will have 25 minutes to answer them.  Minor Ops are usually more frequent in the beginning of the school year and will taper off to oblivian by the end of the first semester.

Both APUS And American Studies II College Prep Students
Projects - You will have opportunities to accomplish long-term group and individual tasks.  I always choose the groups and you are responsible for working within that unit.  Should you have difficulty it is your responsibility to first try and work it out within your team, if that is not successful you must talk to me well before the assignment is due so I may have an opportunity to bring the team together and discuss the problem.

Pop-Ops - These are short, unannounced, opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge of the material you previously read, prior to beginning the discussion.  This is designed to check your understanding of readings assigned for homework and will always consist of fill in the blank questions without a word bank.

Homework - Over the course of the year you will be assigned readings for homework. In order to be sure you have read the textbook, or other assigned readings, your knowledge will be assessed by various methods such as, written homework, pop-op quizzes, do nows, etc. Each of these homework opportunities will be worth points toward your grade.

  • A = 89.45% or better
  • B = 79.45% or better
  • C = 69.45% or better
  • D = 59.45% or better

Class Participation

You are expected to actively participate each day in class. In order for you to be an active participant it is imperative that you are prepared by reading the materials assigned the night prior. The information in the textbook is the foundation of our discussions. Additionally you are not busy sleeping, or dreaming of other places to be at that moment, but in fact you are engaged in active listening and contributing to discussions.

Class Rules: Short, Simple, and Clear

Please do not wear your hood or sunglasses at anytime in class. I believe in making eye contact with each of you.
  • First Infraction – you will be asked to remove the hood or sunglasses.
  • Second Infraction – you will be asked to place your glasses on my desk and they will be returned to you at the end of my school day.
  • Third Infraction – you will have the opportunity to study with me after the end of school and I will have the chance to discuss this with your parents.
Plagiarism, also known as cheating
  • I take this very seriously and there are consequences associated with this behavioral choice.
  • Should you place yourself in a position where Plagiarism is an issue you may expect that I will fill out an academic integrity report and contact your parents as out lined in your class agendas.
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