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Alliance Cindy and Bill Simon Tech Academy High School

Mr. Milius
2018-2019: U.S. History

Course Description
❏ This is a two-semester survey of Modern World History, students in grade ten study major
turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the
present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic
ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as
they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that
democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced
everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate
them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider
multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of

❏ Pen (black or blue ink only) or Pencil
❏ Composition Book or Notebook (college-ruled sheets ​ONLY​)
❏ Highlighter

Course Expectations
❏ Arrive on time to class every day
❏ Be prepared by having required materials and by being an active participant in classroom
discussions and group collaborations
❏ Take responsibility for your education by completing assignments on time and being aware of
daily classroom objectives
❏ Stay on task and maintain discipline when working independently
❏ Listen and follow instructions from bell-to-bell
❏ Wait for dismissal at the end of class. The bell doesn’t dismiss you, Mr. Milius does
❏ Follow school-wide expectations and policies as found in the parent-student handbooks
❏ Be model citizens by not using inappropriate language and/or inappropriate physical
interactions, being disrespectful, and/or taunting others
❏ Maintain academic honesty by not cheating or plagiarizing
❏ Take care of your personal needs (i.e., going to the bathroom) ​before​ class
❏ Students will be given homework periodically ranging from reading to finishing activities that
were not completed during class time
❏ Homework will be used as a practice tool to ensure mastery and retention of new learned skills

SWBAT (Students will be able to)...

❏ Analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary material, maps, statistical tables,
and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events
❏ Approach history critically and be able to analyze and evaluate competing sources of historical
❏ Express themselves with clarity and precision and know how to cite sources and credit the
phrases and ideas of others
❏ Acquire test-taking skills, including how to successfully take timed exams
❏ Learn to take notes from both printed materials and lectures

Grading Rubric [​You will be graded for ​each​ standard on a 4-point scale]
❏ 4—3.4 (Advanced Mastery = “A”)
❏ Student has advanced and detailed understanding of the standard and can apply
complex ideas and processes for the standard
❏ 3.39—2.7 (Proficient Understanding = “B”)
❏ Student has a complete and detailed understanding of all the information important to
the standard
❏ 2.69—2 (Basic Understanding = “C”)
❏ With help, student has a partial understanding of the standard
❏ 1.99—1 (Non-Proficient = “NP”)
❏ With help, student demonstrates no understanding and possesses no skills to meet the
objectives of the standard. Also, this may result from insufficient student work.

❏ Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 PM
❏ By appointments (as needed)
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