Course Expectations for US History II:
This is a full year course of United States History starting from the Roaring Twenties to the present era. It is the second course of a required three year sequence in social studies. U.S. History II continues and develops a historical understanding and appreciation of American history that was begun in U.S. History I. The emphasis will be on students expanding their cognitive thinking skills that support their ability to challenge assumptions, think creatively, and recall social studies concepts learned previously, including the four themes of history, economics, civics, and geography. Most importantly, the US History II course will improve students’ proficiency in reading, writing, and communication. Unlike many history curriculums, this unit utilizes fiction and non-fiction sources to complement the information. There is a lot of study and analysis of primary sources and critical viewings of documentaries and films. Students are required to use higher order critical thinking skills throughout.
Grading, Student Records, and Homework:
Student progress is assessed during each grading period of the course. Methods of demonstration, modeling, teamwork in pairs and small groups, hands-on activities, projects—research, computer, video or multi-media, presentations, tests, readings, essays, participation, and self-evaluations will be used for assessment. Students will receive grades through the point system. Each assignment will be assigned a set number of points, and the student must accumulate a set total to equal the grade for the quarter.
High School Grading Scale:
A=90-100% B=80-89% C=70-79% D=60-69% F=59 and below
Absences & Make-up Policy:
Students are expected to turn in previously assigned projects the day they return to class. For all other work, they have 2 days to make up the work they missed. All assignments are on BOTH Google Sites and Google Classroom and can be accessed through: