Be kind! 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.
Act interested. Jump in! 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’re in a public space and polite, civil behavior is expected. Every member of the public has the right to education, and disruptions to others' learning will not be tolerated.
- Profanity, racist, sexist, homophobic, and other offensive or judgmental language will not be tolerated.
- Respect others' personal space and don’t touch other students.
- One individual is allowed to use the restroom at a time. Excessive restroom visits, failure to return quickly, or poor behavior will result in losing this privilege.
- Drinks, food, and gum are not permitted.
- Silence and store devices when the bell rings to start class. Don’t wait for me to tell you.
- Devices aren’t permitted to be visible if not in use for a specific class activity.
- Improper use of a device will result in its confiscation. Confiscated devices handed over without delay or argument will be returned after Fourth Period. Any delay or argument will result in a discipline referral.
- This is your only warning!
Both timed handwritten Long Essay Question (LEQ) and Document Based Question (DBQ) essays will be assigned throughout the semester. Handwritten assignments are acceptable in blue or black ink only. Essays written in pencil will not be accepted.
Typed assignments must conform to MLA standards.
Make-up Work and Tests
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.
Be engaged! This is an intense college-level course which moves quickly and deeply.
Lengthy readings are assigned nightly. Students are expected to arrive at class daily prepared to discuss.
Students are encouraged to take detailed handwritten notes over each night’s readings. We will regularly have both announced and unannounced free-response quizzes over the previous night’s assignment.
Handwritten notes may used on unannounced quizzes.
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 and you’ll lose my respect and can count me out as ever acting as a reference for you.
I will also inform your parents and your other teachers that you've been caught cheating and cannot be trusted. I will also see to it that you are dismissed from any honor societies to which you belong.
ACT WITH INTEGRITY.
You are required to bring these items to class every day.
- Blue or black ink pen
- Dry erase marker and eraser
- Printed online readings and a folder for in-class handouts
- Pencil (required on test days)