COURSE SYLLABUSUniversity City High SchoolMr. Irwin -
School Year 2009 – 2010
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HONORS U.S. HISTORY 1 – 2
Above average academic achievement as indicated by a grade of “A” or “B” in both 10
grade World History and 10
grade English; recommendation for student enrollment in Honors U.S. History by the student’s 10
grade World History teacher, the 10
grade English teacher, or both. Students/parentswho wish to challenge this policy must attend a student-parent conference with the teacher & counselor andsign a commitment agreement.
A People & A Nation – Eighth Edition (Houghton Mifflin, 2008).
Designed for the college bound, the GATE qualified, or for the student whoseeks a challenging academic curriculum in U.S. History. In this course, students will acquire knowledge of American history from the colonial period to present day, with major emphasis on the development of American ideals and institutions. Students will use original source documents and other resources tosupplement the text as they study the social, cultural, intellectual, economic, political, and diplomatic historyof our country. This will require all students who take this course to possess good reading, essay writing andcritical thinking skills, and to continually improve theses skills as the school year progresses.
SAN DIEGO CITY SCHOOLS SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS:
All students enrolled in this course will be required to take the SDCS semester examinations for Honors U.S.History, which will be given near the completion of each semester. Student scores on these exams will beused in the computation of the student’s grade in Honors U.S. History.
Reading from textbook, literature and other material ~ Lectures and note taking ~Class discussions relating to assigned readings ~ Films, slide shows & PowerPoint presentations ~Homework including both assigned readings and written responses ~ Term projects ~ Current eventsassignments ~ Small group activities ~ Independent research ~ Written essays.
Throughout the school year, students will:Master a broad body of historical knowledge ~ Demonstrate knowledge of historical chronology ~ Usehistorical data to support an argument or position ~ Differentiate between historiographical schools of thought ~ Interpret and apply data from original documents ~ Effectively use analytical skills of evaluation,cause and effect, compare and contrast ~ Work effectively with others to produce products and solve problems ~ Prepare for and attempt to successfully pass the SDCS semester examinations.
GRADING POLICY AND SCHOLARSHIP:
A weighted points system will be used to determine student grades as detailed below:
Tests will comprise 50% of a student’s overall grade.
Written homework and notes in student’s notebook - 15% of the overall grade.
Weekly quizzes - 10% of a student’s overall grade.
Term projects - 15% of the overall grade.
Class work, participation, including current events - 10% of the grade.