HONORS AMERICAN HISTORY II
Examines the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the late 1800s to the present. It traces changing ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward greater civil equality for racial minorities and women; and the emergence of the US as a major world power. The course is divided into seven chronological time periods.
Surveys conflicts between settlers, ranchers, miners, Native Americans, and others during the heyday of The Western Frontier. It also examines the rapid economic and urban development and widespread corruption of The Gilded Age in the years following the Civil War.
Progressivism saw a push for widespread social, economic, and political reform at the turn of the 20th century. The United States adopted a new role as a global power during the era of Imperialism and The First World War.
Investigates the prosperity and social changes of the Roaring ’20s which was followed by the catastrophic Great Depression and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal response.
Examines the United States’ role in the fight against Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan during The Second World War followed by its global struggle against communist forces in the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China, and Korea during The Early Cold War. The US also experienced tremendous economic growth as The Suburbs sprang up.
The nation experienced turbulent social transformation and political unrest during The Civil Rights Movement and The Vietnam War Era. A challenge to mainstream America arose in a powerful Counterculture.
Explores domestic and foreign challenges the United States faced during The Late Cold War. The Pop Culture of the '70s and '80s provides great insight into the changing cultural landscape at the dawn of cable TV.
The Culture Wars epitomize the political and social polarization between left-wing liberal Democrats and right-wing conservative Republicans. It also investigates the US response to 9/11 through The War on Terror.
Demonstrate respect for yourself and others. Be positive, speak politely, use active listening, use appropriate language, celebrate others’ successes, offer solutions, be forgiving, and above all else, maintain your self-respect and respect the dignity of others.
Listen attentively. Jump in and participate politely. Ask insightful, relevant questions. Discussions are only effective when participants are well-prepared and engaged. This class will be either as exciting or as boring as you choose to make it.
Keep an open mind!
A good historian must step into the shoes of past peoples and seriously examine life from alternative perspectives. Don’t restrict your thinking to your 21st century values.
- We are in a public space and polite, civil behavior is expected. Every member of the public has the right to education, and disruptions to others' ability to learn will not be tolerated.
- Racist, sexist, homophobic, and other offensive or judgmental language will not be tolerated.
- Profanity will not be tolerated.
- Respect others' personal space and do not touch other students.
- Be on time. If you enter or leave the room once class has begun, don't make a grand entrance/exit. Draw minimal attention to yourself. Doors should be closed quietly.
- Sharpen pencils before class begins. Don't interrupt lecture or classroom proceedings to sharpen in the middle of class.
- Always ask permission before borrowing anything from anyone. Don't touch things that don't belong to you.
- NEVER go behind my desk without permission. NEVER sit in my chair without permission.
- DON'T TOUCH THE THERMOSTAT! I keep the temperature around 70 degrees. If it's too cold for you, wear additional layers of clothing.
- Do not pack up early. I teach to the bell.
- Email to me should be courteous, respectful, and professional in manner and tone. Don't send emails that are rude or demanding. Anticipate 24-48 hours for a reply.
- One individual is allowed to use the restroom at a time. Poor behavior, excessive restroom visits, or failure to return quickly will result in losing this privilege.
- Drinks, food, and gum are not permitted.
- Immediately silence and store electronics when the bell rings to begin class.
- Cell phones and other electronic devices are not permitted to be on desks or otherwise visible if not in use for a class activity.
- Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be used without express permission from me to use for a specific classroom activity.
- You may only charge your device by plugging into the power strips and hanging your phone in the shoe holder on the metal closet. Do not plug into any other outlet.
- Improper use of an electronic device will result in its confiscation.
- Confiscated devices that are handed only without delay or argument will be returned at the end of the school day after Fourth Period.
- Any delay or argument in turning over a confiscated device will result in a discipline referral and that device being turned in the front office for a parent or guardian to retrieve later.
- This is your only warning.
40% = Tests and Projects
35% = Homework and Classwork
25% = Quizzes
40% = Q1
40% = Q2
20% = FINAL EXAM
Assignments are due at the start of class each day. Late homework will be accepted for up to 60% credit. Late work will not be accepted beyond three days past when a unit has been completed and tested.
Complete handwritten work in blue or black ink only.
Typed assignments must conform to MLA standards.
Extra credit will not be offered.
Assignments without names will be recycled.
Make-up work is your responsibility. Work assigned prior to an absence will be due upon your return to school. This includes tests that are scheduled for the day of your return.
For work assigned during your excused absence: one day out = one extra day, two days out = two extra days, three days out = three extra days.
Missed tests due to an excused absence may be made up during PRIDE Time, SMART Lunch, or after school by appointment.
WAKEFIELD HONOR CODE
The students of Wakefield High School are committed to being honest and responsible in the completion of academic materials and interactions with the school administration and community. Cheating, stealing, plagiarism (passing off another's work, words, or ideas as one's own), and lying (including willful distortion or misrepresentation) are considered violations of the Honor Code. Through a joint fulfillment of this code, students and faculty will achieve their fullest potential in academic excellence and character.
CHEATING IS BAD. Do it on even the smallest assignment and you’ll lose my respect and can count me out as ever acting as a reference for you. This includes taking a picture of or copying another student's work.
I will also inform your other teachers and coaches that you've been caught cheating and cannot be trusted and will see that you are dismissed from any honor societies to which you belong.
ACT WITH INTEGRITY.