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WELCOME TO 11th Grade U.S.


Teacher: Mr. Olmos Room: 104 School Voicemail: (517)-750-5555 EXTENSION#311

Email: Cell Phone: (517)-936-4444 [Feel Free To Text Me] Class Starts: 1st Hour 8:05 a.m. 2nd Hour 9:05 a.m. 3rd Hour 10:05 a.m. 4th Hour 11:05 a.m.

Course description (Sangwan, 2013): Welcome to 11th Grade U.S History. This course offers a colorful and exciting section of social studies subjects. By the end of the year, you will have a solid foundation for entering 12th grade. Course Objectives (Sangwan, 2013): The primary objective is to prepare you to have skills for 12th grade. We focus on academic skills, writing, time management and inter-personal communication skills. Small and large group discussions are a part of classroom learning. All students are expected to participate in them. This course is writing intensive. You will regularly practice your writing skills. In-class research essays, participation, tests and projects make up a majority of your quarter grade. Our class in U.S History moves very quickly and covers a lot of material. Therefore, it is important that students keep up with the pace of the course, ask questions and seek additional help when needed. Mr. Olmos is willing to meet with students after school with requested appointments on Mondays. By the end of this year, you will (Sangwan, 2013): -Demonstrate and strengthen your ability to write formal essays/research papers. -Strengthen your note-taking skills. -Compare/contrast/synthesize and analyze information. -Exercise critical thinking and communication skills in formal and informal discussions.. -Cooperate with others in a civil and constructive manner You need the following to have in class each day (Sangwan, 2013): -Blue or Black ink pens and pencils. -Colored pencils and markers -Notebook for taking notes in class. -U.S. History Text Book -Student Planner and ID -A book (in case there is ever free reading time) What you should have for regular use in class (Sangwan, 2013): -A dictionary and/or thesaurus -A copy of APA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers -A copy of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers COURSE POLICIES (Sangwan, 2013): Course policies are the rules and guidelines our class follows, in addition to those established by Paragon High School (All Paragon High School rules and expectations are enforced in Mr. Olmos classroom). These policies are consistently enforced throughout the school year and are reviewed at the beginning of each quarter. Each student is expected to know, understand and follow these policies. If you feel class or school policies need clarification speak with Mr. Olmos directly.

CHEATING, COPYING AND PLAGIARISM (Sangwan, 2013): Cheating, copying and plagiarism are serious acts of academic dishonesty that are not tolerated. All team teachers, family members of students involved and the principal will be informed of such behavior. Students who cheat receive a zero for the assignment or exam. Students involved in copying of work receive a zero for the assignment or exam, including any student allowing the copying to take place. Students who plagiarize receive a failing grade for the quarter. Plagiarism is the use of anothers ideas or expression without appropriate acknowledgement of the source. Examples of plagiarism include failure to give appropriate acknowledgement when repeating anothers phrase, sentence or paragraph; failure to give appropriate acknowledgement when paraphrasing anothers thesis or argument; failure to give appropriate acknowledgement when presenting anothers line of thinking; or, turning in a paper for a current course that was written for another course.

GRADING SCALE IN PERCENTAGES (Sangwan, 2013): The Scales are the same for Academic, Participation, and Moral Focus You will be getting a grade for each area For Example: You could get a B+ in Academics, an A- in Participation, and a B- in Moral Focus. 93-100%=A 90-92%=A86-90%=B+ 83-86%=B 80-82%=B77-79%=C+ 73-76%=C 70-72%=C67-69%=D+ 63-66%=D 60_62%=D59% or below=F

Classroom Routines and Procedures

Procedures related to Academic work (PART 1) 1-Materials required for class: Notebook, textbook, folder, highlighters, and pencil are required. If students do not show up prepared with all five items they will lose 50 participation points for that day. If a student is completely unprepared they will be asked to go to the office or study hall area for the remainder of class. Coming to class without all your required materials is a sign of disrespect to me and I will not tolerate it. Come to class prepared. 2-Homework completion: Homework must be 100% completed and turned in on time to receive full credit. I will not accept work that is half or partially completed. Please, hold onto your homework at your seat. We will be going over it together as a class every class period. When I dismiss you from class, on your way out put your homework in the GREEN homework bin on the small table next to the main door. 3-Make-up work: Students can turn in late work, but for every late day (including weekends) 20% is taken off of the final grade. The cut-off point for late work is 4 days. At 12:01 a.m. on the fifth day, the late assignment will be awarded a zero. Turn in late work into the RED bin on the small table next to the main door. You can e-mail late work to 4-Incomplete work: I will not accept incomplete work. Students will receive a zero for incomplete work. Do not attempt to turn in incomplete work. Please, double-check any in class work and homework before turning it. If you need help with work in class work, please raise your hand. If you need help with homework, e-mail me at 5-Missed quizzes and examinations: Students can make up a missed quiz or examination under certain conditions. Being ill, a family emergency, or a schoolsponsored event (approved by me 2 weeks in advance) can be used as grounds for taking a missed quiz or examination. I consider only those three reasons to be valid. You will need to fill out a make-up test form before the re-test, if possible. I have the make-up test forms, so just ask me for one when you need it. I will not dock any points off of your test, if you missed the original test date for valid reasons. 6-Determining grades: Students will be graded in three areas: academics, participation, and moral focus. Academic grades are based off of your class work, homework, and tests. Participation grades are based off of group projects, partner activities, classroom discussions and debates. I grade moral focus grades through the observation of your everyday behaviors, attitudes, and overall compliance in class. 7-Notebook completion: Notebooks are due every Monday at the end of class. Completed notebooks are to be put in the ORANGE notebook bin on the small table next to the main door, with student name and number on the cover.

Procedures related to Academic work (PART 2) 8-Getting help: If you zoned out, couldnt hear me, forgot what I said, or are confused about something ask the neighbor next to you in a whisper. Ask 1 or 2 fellow classmates before me. Only ask a classmate directly next to you (not the other side of the room). 9-Notetaking: I expect students to take notes, only, when I request they take notes. Notes must be written in a readable manner or students will receive a lower participation grade. I will always inform you when I want you to take notes. I will teach you how to take notes in my class. 10-Sharing work with others: Unless students are directed to, students may not share work with others. Without getting permission from me to share work, you risk getting an F on your work. 11-Use of learning center and/or reference works: I expect students to properly use all the materials at a learning center. This includes all reference works. Students can signout reference works. The reference works sign-out form is on the BROWN clipboard attached to the first bookcase in the classroom library. 12-Neatness: All work must be completed in a neat manner. If I cannot read the work it will receive a zero. For homework, students will usually have the option of using the computer for writing, presentations, reports, and projects. Students can use programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers or those approved by me. 13-Communication during group work: Students are expected to use the following table for communication in my room. Students are expected to abide by this voice scale. After each in-class activity, I will circle which voice level students can use on the voice scale poster behind my desk. Below, is an example of the voice scale poster. 0 (Zero) = No talking, complete silence. Individual work. 1 (One) = Whispering only. Partner work. 2 (Two) = Regular inside voice. Group work/Classroom discussions. 3 (Three) = Emergency only voice. Fire, Medical Emergency, Danger 14-Violation of Academic Procedures: Students will get a warning upon the first violation (if said violation is not severe). After a second violation they will get sent to the office or study hall area.

Appropriate Behavior Expectations (Norms and Rules)

What are Classroom Rules? (What I expect from you every day) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Bring a good attitude to class. Sit in your assigned seat daily. Follow directions the first time they are given. Fully participate during class activities. Speak and treat others with kindness and respect.

What are Classroom Procedures? (How you will do things in class everyday)

Procedures Related to Classroom Conduct (Part 1) 1-Where to sit: There is assigned seating in my classroom. Check to make sure you are in the correct seat assigned to you, right now. If your name is not taped to the top of the desk, please stand up and raise your hand. 2-How seats are assigned: I will assign seating, which is always subject to change depending on your behavior. At the beginning of every month I will change the assigned seating chart. If you have any problems with your assigned seat, please ask me for an assigned seating appeal sheet. Once you have filled it out. You and I will meet in my room 5 minutes prior to 1st hour the next school day to discuss your appeal. 3-What to do before the bell rings: Be seated at your desk and have your textbook, notebook, folder, pencil, and highlighters out on your desk. 4-Responding, speaking out: Raise your hand and wait to be called upon before speaking. Please, do not blurt things out or speak out of turn. I will only call on those who raise their hands. 5-Leaving at the bell: The bell does not dismiss you from my class. I will dismiss you from my class. Why? There may be a day I let you out 1 or 2 minutes early. That will occur if weve accomplished all our objectives to my satisfaction that day. Always, exit my classroom in a calm and orderly fashion. We will practice one row at a time the first week of school. 6-Drinks, food, and gum: No drinks, food, or gum in my classroom. Such items belong in a locker. The only exceptions to this are valid medical reasons. If you have a doctors note signed by your physician, we can discuss what type of foods or drinks you can have in my classroom. 7-Restroom and drinking privileges: There will be a bathroom pass, one for guys and one for girls, students can simply ask to use the pass by raising their hand. There can be, only, one guy and one girl out at a time. The bathroom passes will be on top of my BLUE shelf on my desk. Please, put them back on my desk in the exact spot you found them, when you return from the bathroom.

Procedures Related to Classroom Conduct (Part 2) 8-Tardiness/absences: I will allow tardiness up to 15 minutes if a student has a note from a teacher. If a student it more than 5 minutes tardy without a teachers note, they will lose 30 participation points. Unexcused absences will result in losing all 100 participation points for that day. If absent, regardless of excused/unexcused, students are still responsible for checking my teacher website ( which is updated daily and getting their homework completed ready to turn in the next day. 9-Coming up to my desk: Students must raise their hand and ask to come up to my desk, unless instructed otherwise by the teacher. 10-When a visitor comes to the door: Students are to be quiet and silently read, write, work, or draw at their desk. Talking while I attend to a visitor is a sign of disrespect towards me. Please, do not talk to your neighbor or across the room when a visitor comes. 11-Leaving the classroom: Students must have a valid reason and signed note from the office in order to leave class early. Other than that, the only other ways you can leave is with a signed pass by me, with a bathroom pass, or if there is a fire/tornado/intruder drill/emergency or alarm. 12-Violation of Conduct Procedures: Multiple procedure violations will result in a call home or parent meeting or meeting with the principal, which may result in suspension or even expulsion. There are ways we do and do not do things in my classroom.

High School United States History MPS Curriculum Map (Sangwan, 2013).
(Quarter 1) Essential Question:
How did the European conquest of North America transform indigenous civilizations, institutionalize African slavery, and ultimately lead to an independent and democratic United States? [Q 1 Units:] 1. Indigenous People of North America 2. Three Worlds Converge 3. Colonial Development 4. American Revolution 5. Foundations of the American Government and Nation

(Quarter 2) Essential Question:

In what ways was the Civil War inevitable? [Q 2 Units:] 6. Westward Expansion 7. Innovations and Inventions 8. Early Reform Movements 9. Causes of the Civil War 10. Civil War and Reconstruction

(Quarter 3) Essential Question:

What role did industrial capitalism play in American life and in the United States rise as a world power? [Q 3 Units:] 11. Industrialization and Immigration 12. Imperialism and World War I 13. The Twenties and Thirties

(Quarter 4) Essential Question:

How have postwar social, political, and economic forces changed the United States internally and in its relationships with the rest of the world? [Q 4 Units:] 14. World War II 15. The Cold War Era 16. The Rights Revolution 17. Vietnam and its Aftermath 18. Contemporary America

Some Syllabus Elements borrowed, copied, and designed after:

Sangwan, Sujata. (2013). Syllabus For 11th Grade U.S. History. Retrieved from