• Google Classroom Codes:

    Period 1-2 A-K: bj6ng43
    Period 1-2 L-Z: rin2pgf
    Period 3 A-K: qyaf6za
    Period 3 L-Z: nlttslw

    Course Description

    In this course, students will investigate significant eras, events, and individuals in U.S. history. Students will learn to analyze primary and secondary sources, make causal connections between events, and identify historical themes spanning time and place. Students will develop a framework for studying historical issues of political, social, economic, and cultural importance using six key concepts: perspectives, continuity, causation, consequence, change, and significance. 

    Students will gain factual knowledge, but more importantly, they will develop the skills of careful reading, source analysis, historical interpretation, critical thinking, and effective written and oral communication. 

    Why is this a required course? Because studying history helps us develop an understanding of our past, which leads us to a deeper understanding of today and helps us make better, more informed choices.

    Class Expectations

    Students should come to class on time and fully-prepared each day. My lessons are built around active, positive classroom citizenship, and I encourage students to share ideas and opinions in a respectful, open-minded manner.  

    Google Classroom is an essential course tool. I will post slide presentations, assignments, readings and handouts in Classroom, and students will answer questions and submit assignments through Classroom. Please let me know immediately if you do not have access to a computer or internet service at home so we can make other arrangements. 

    Students should take notes on readings, lectures and discussions in a manner that allows them to prepare for summative assessments. I recommend taking notes on loose-leaf paper or in a notebook and using a 3-ring binder to organize readings, handouts and notes. All turned-in work must be written legibly on loose-leaf paper or printed on copy paper.

    If you are absent, please check Google Classroom, review the slide presentation, and complete any assignments if you are able. You will have one week upon your return to school to complete missing work. If you need additional time, please contact me so we can develop a schedule for completing your work.

    I accept late work until the end of the unit in which it was assigned. Unless you have made an alternate arrangement with me, I will mark all missing assignments as “0” at the end of each unit. 

    Grading Policy

    For larger or summative assignments, I use a 4-point standards-based scale.
              1    Beginning Skill/Knowledge
              2    Approaching Skill/Knowledge
              3    Achieving Skill/Knowledge
              4    Exceeding Skill/Knowledge 

    For smaller, formative assignments, I use a 3-point checkmark system.
             ✓-    Weak Effort, Limited Understanding
             ✓     Good Effort, General Understanding
             ✓+   Strong Effort, Comprehensive Understanding 

    Your course grade will consist of the following components:
             60%   Summative Assessments (Papers, Tests, Projects, Presentations)
             30%   Formative Assessments (Homework, Quizzes)
             10%   Career & College Skills (Preparation, Participation)

    Using these scales and components, I will assign letter grades using these ranges:
                 A    85-100%
                 B    70-84.9%
                 C    50-69.9%
                 D    35-49.9%
                 F    Below 34.9%

    Do not wait until the end of the progress period to express dissatisfaction with your grades. Please check Q frequently and talk with me about any concerns. 

    Be Respectful - Be Responsible - Be Resilient - Be an Eagle!

    Students are expected to follow all Big Sky High School policies in this class. Please familiarize yourself with our school’s expectations for attendance, academic honesty, cell phone use and appropriate conduct. I will enforce these policies uniformly and consistently.

    Please make sure you understand our school’s policies for addressing the COVID pandemic. You must wear your mask properly at all times!