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9th Grade U.

S History
Instructor: Ms. Buchanan
Contact Information: JBuchanan@atafordpas.org
Class Website: msbuchananclass.weebly.com
Availability: Tuesday and Thursday 3:20-3:50
Course Description: This course is intended to give an overview of United States History from 1870-present,
studying the rise of the U.S. as a global power as well as its internal struggles to implement its own ideals and
equality for all.
Course Objectives/ Learning Outcomes: All are aligned with the Michigan Social Studies High School Content
Expectations and Common Core Literacy Standards.
Every student will be expected to finish the required class work and homework to help in the understanding the
significant events in U.S. History during the years 1870 – present
United States History from 1870’s to Present:
 Emergence of Modern America (1870’s – 1920’s)
 1920-WWII (1920’s – 1945)
 Postwar America (1945 – 1970)
 Contemporary America (1968 – Present)
Textbook Policy: Textbooks and supplemental works are the property of ATA. Books are signed out to the student
by the instructor and must be returned to the instructor in good condition at the end of the school year. Failure to
return assigned books will result in student replacement of that book at current catalog price.
Required Materials: Students are expected to bring all of the following to class each day…
1. Text Book
2. 3 ring binder or folder to hold class worksheets
3. Spiral notebook for note taking
4. Loose leaf paper
5. Pen or pencil
Failure to bring proper materials to class will result in loss of participation point for that day.
Assessments
Tests/ Quizzes:
 There will be one test per chapter.
 There will be weekly quizzes.
 There will be a cumulative mid-term exam at the end of the first semester and final exam at the end of
the second semester.
Homework/ Class Work:
 Students should expect homework daily.
 Students should expect class work daily.
 Students will be given time in class to complete class work, however if they do not complete the work,
it becomes homework.
 Students are expected to study their class notes daily in preparation for the following day.

Behavior/ Participation:
 Students must follow the REACH values and the ATA student handbook.
 Students are expected to be punctual and prepared for class everyday, participation in group work and
class discussion is required.
 Failure to be prepared or participate in class activities will result in loss of participation points for that
day and possible further disciplinary action, depending on the severity of the offense.
Grading Scale:
A
AB+
B
BC+
C
CD+
D
DF

100-93%
92-90%
89-87%
86-83%
82-80%
79-77%
76-73%
72-70%
69-67%
66-63%
62-60%
59-0%

Grade Weighting:
Summative Assessments-60%
Formative Assessments-40%
Formative - 40%
Homework / In-Class
1. Prior Knowledge
2. Beginning or Middle of Unit
3. Graded for Completion / Attempt
4. Progressive
5. Bell Work
6. Journal Prompts
7. Exit Tickets

Summative – 60%
Homework / In-Class
1. Content Mastery
2. End of Unit
3. Graded for Accuracy
4. Final Product

Quizzes
1. Checking for Understanding

Quizzes
1. Checking for Mastery

Writing
1. All Pre-Writing Activities
2. Outline of a Final Draft

Writing
1. Final Draft
2. Outline for Mastery of Pre-Writing
Activities

Project
1. Foldables
2. Checkpoints / Phases of a Project

Project
1. Science Fair Submission
2. Group / Individual Presentation w/ Rubric
Tests / Assessments

Semester Weighting:
Marking Period 1-40% of semester grade
Marking Period 2-40% of semester grade
Semester Final Exam-20% of semester grade

Attendance/ Tardy Policy:
See pages 7 and 25-26 of the ATA student handbook
Late Work:
ALL work must be turned in on the date in which it is due to receive FULL credit.
 Assignments that are turned in a day late will receive half credit.
 Assignments that are two or more days late will receive a ZERO.
If an assignment is not turned in on the day in which it is due…
1. The student will receive a “missing assignment” write up and an after school tutoring ticket.
2. The tutoring ticket will be dated and signed by the instructor.
3. The student is responsible to go to after school tutoring on the day in which the tutoring ticket specifies.
4. The student is to show the teacher in charge of after school tutoring the tutoring ticket and complete the
assignments he or she failed to turn in on time.
Makeup work: Make up work will be assigned ONLY after a conference with the instructor.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is any form of cheating or copying work and is not only an unacceptable practice, but also
something that will be met with discipline as a Level I Violation as stated in the student handbook:
“A student will not plagiarize, cheat, gain unauthorized access to, or tamper with educational materials. Discipline
under this section may result in academic sanctions in addition to other discipline such as denial of credit.”
Disruptive Behavior: This will not be tolerated and may lead to a call to parent/guardian, removal from the
classroom, detention, or other disciplinary action.
Seating Chart: There will be an established seating chart for the class that will be subject to change at the
instructor’s discretion. You must remain in your seat unless otherwise directed by the instructor.
Hall Passes:
 Students will only be allowed a limited number of passes per semester.
 Students are not allowed to leave unless, it is an emergency, the student is ill, or on school business, as
requested by the office or administration.
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO USE THE BATHROOM AND GET A DRINK OF WATER
DURING THEIR PASSING TIME.
Class Procedures/Expectations: When students walk into class daily it is expected they sit in their assigned seat
with their materials out and all non-related materials put away and follow this procedure:
1. Take out their homework or assignment from the previous day for the instructor to review or
check.
2. In their notebook they will copy down and complete their warm-up question/activity, which will be on
the board- the purpose of these exercises is to review information from another day before moving on
to a new topic, subject or idea; it may also be used to get the students thinking about a new topic or
subject. Afterward they must sit silently until the teacher begins instruction for that day (approx. 5
minutes).
3. After the instructor leads the class in reviewing the “Bell Work” the class will continue with the
daily lecture or activity.
4. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, review of assignments,
brainstorming, etc.
5. Students must raise their hand to be called on.
6. Students may not leave their seat or change seats, unless permission is given by the teacher.
7. All class work must be completed independently unless otherwise stated by the instructor. Copying is
not allowed (see plagiarism above) and any students involved will receive a zero for that assignment
and possibly face further disciplinary action.
8. Please remain in your seat until the bell rings at the end of the hour, and the instructor will
dismiss you.
9. Students may not apply makeup, brush or comb hair or apply lotion/perfume.

10. “Hands on the table” rule. This is to ensure that students are not using electronic devices in
the classroom.
11. Follow the REACH values of ATA:
Respect
Enthusiasm
Achievement
Citizenship
Hard Work
The following selected items from the Student Handbook are important rules for day-to-day procedures in
the classroom and will be strictly enforced:
ATA will continue to enforce this policy for the 2016-2017 school year regarding items in all classrooms:
Backpacks, book bags, purses, cell phones and all electronic devices must be kept in lockers and are
prohibited in any classroom. (See p. 12 & p. 31 of the Student Handbook)
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Food and beverages are not permitted in classrooms or school offices. Food includes but is not limited to candy and
gum. Food and beverages are not to be consumed in any hallway or restroom. Food and beverages may only be
consumed in the cafeteria. (See p. 28 of the Student Handbook)
ACADEMY DRESS CODE
Students must be attired in the school uniform or they will be sent home. Compliance with the student uniform shall
be within the jurisdiction of the Dean of Students who will make the determination as to the appropriateness of any
article of clothing found in the Uniform Code. Continued violation of the Student Uniform Code may result in
expulsion of the student from the Academy. See pgs. 30-31 in the Student Handbook. Students may be removed
from the classroom if they are not in dress code.