Advanced Placement United States History & Dual CreditMemorial High School (2015-2016) / Houston Community College - Course SyllabusInstructors / Classroom / Contact Info and Office Hours/TutorialsDr. Ira (Lee) BenjaminsT7713.251.2752 (Voice Mail)[email protected]/W 7:15am and by appointmentMs. Sherri BoydA201713.251.2653 (Voice Mail)[email protected]/Thu by appointmentMr. Anthony GallosA202713.251.2654 (Voice Mail)[email protected]/W 3:00pm and by appointmentTextbook: American History: Connecting with the Past, 15th Edition – by Alan Brinkley, 2014.Course Description:This course is designed to increase the student’s understanding of United States History from itsbeginning to the present, its development and institutions. The goals of the class are to develop (1.) anunderstanding of some of the principle themes in early and modern U.S. History, (2.) an ability to analyzehistorical evidence, and (3.) an ability to analyze and to express historical understanding in writing andother forms of communication.AP U.S. History is a rigorous, fast paced and challenging course designed to be the equivalent of acollege freshman U.S. History survey course. Students should possess strong reading and writing skillsand be willing to devote substantial time to study and the completion of class reading assignments.Emphasis is placed on class discussion, the use of primary and secondary sources, critical reading, andanalytical writing. This course prepares students to take the College Board Advanced Placement UnitedStates History examination and possibly earning college credit.Mastery of content and grades are important, but of equal value are the following: study and analytical skills critical reading of primary and secondary sources understanding and developing the historical thinking skills(e.g., Causation, Periodization, Change Over Time, and Comparison) using the historical themes to connect to broader contexts constructing and evaluating historical interpretations using historical knowledge as a guide to present understanding and action empathizing with the pastAny AP class requires hard work and a commitment to intellectual growth. All students are stronglyencouraged to dedicate themselves to the goals of AP U.S. History and to take the AP Exam at the end of1

Memorial HS - APUSH/Dual Credit Syllabus – Page 2the school year (Friday, May 6th – AM). I hope that you will be rewarded with a sense ofaccomplishment and the belief that even a rigorous class can be enjoyable.For Students Enrolled in Dual Credit at HCC—Semester One is History 1301 and by the end you will be able to:a. Discuss the Age of Explorationb. Explain Colonizationc. Identify the Causes and effects of the American Revolutiond. Explain the origins and impact of Slaverye. Analyze the formation of the Republicf. Summarize the effects of Expansion and Innovationg. Explain Nationalism and Sectionalismh. Discuss the Civil Wari. Evaluate the effects of Reconstructionj. Create an argument through the use of historical evidencek. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sourcesl. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural and global forces on thisperiod of United States historym. Understand the importance of chronology and how earlier ideas and events shaped later events.Semester Two is History 1302:a. Explain the features of the Gilded Age and the issues on society, culture, and politicsb. Summarize Industrialism and Urbanizationc. Analyze the New South and Jim Crowd. Explain Populism and Progressivisme. Identify the causes and effects of WWI and the USf. Discuss America between the warsg. Identify the causes of WW2 and the Cold Warh. Discuss Post-war America at homei. Discuss Post-modern AmericaAssignments:1. Survey text: You are responsible for reading and studying the survey text by Brinkley. Our calendarwill detail the schedule for reading and daily activities as well as quiz and test dates. You will initially beprovided with a study guide to help you take notes while you read. While some of the text will bediscussed in detail, much of it will be covered through independent learning.**Note: Chapter reading quizzes based on the text will be given to encourage students to stay abreast ofreading assignments. These quizzes may or may not be announced.2. Supplemental readings: You will be given primary and secondary reading materials (essays,documents, etc.) that will deal with a concept emphasized on tests. The materials are to be read andeventually used to help construct and defend a thesis within timed and untimed written essay.3. Monographs—you will be required to read at least 2 books per semester outside of class and prepare agraded report.4. Notes: Good note taking skills are essential in an AP class. You are required to take notes on allreadings, lectures and discussions. Copying from a web page is lazy and close to useless.

Memorial HS - APUSH/Dual Credit Syllabus – Page 35. Research: Research is a significant part of this college level course. Use of a college library andprimary sources in original research will be expected. More information on this assignment will follow.Evaluation:Major Grades (60%)Exams/Papers/Projects: During each nine weeks at least one exam will be given. Each examcould include both multiple choice and free-response questions. Large projects will also beassigned and be graded as a major grade. Exams/Projects are 60% of the nine weeks average.Each nine weeks there will be at least three major grades. Exams will be scheduled on EVEN dayswith other Social Studies classes.REQUIRED BOOK REVIEWS--Students will select and read one HistoricalMonograph/Biography/Autobiography from the recommended booklist and write a BookReview. Book review instructions are contained in the book list. The booklist will be posted onyour instructor’s web site along with the format required. Books MUST be approved in advance.Due date for this report will be listed in the Class Schedule. Students are expected to hand in theirBook Review on the designated day at the beginning of class. Late Reports/Papers will losepoints for each late class day. After 3 class days, they will not be accepted. You will submityour paper to, however, you MUST turn in a printed copy to your instructor onthe DUE DATE. Absence does not buy you an extra day—or hour—papers are still due at thebeginning of class.NOTE: This Syllabus and Unit Outline will be posted on your instructor’s web pageMinor Grades (40%)Quizzes and Small Projects and Daily Grades: We will have numerous reading andinformational quizzes. They will often be open note and will take place at the beginning of class.If you are tardy to class (after the quiz has started) or absent the day of the quiz, you will berequired to take a make-up quiz that will not be the same quiz or form, but will cover the samematerial. It will be each student’s responsibility to makeup missed quizzes. There will berelatively few daily grades. Homework, group or individual presentations, and many otherassignments are considered daily grades. We will drop the two lowest daily grades at the end ofthe nine weeks grading period. Please be aware that all work done in class or for homework maynot be taken for a grade. All assignments are individual assignments unless specifically notedotherwise. (see Academic Honesty). This part of your grade will be based on the quality of yourparticipation and responses during classroom activities such as: seminars, discussions, debates,etc. Inattention, off task behavior and unpreparedness will hurt you.Makeup and Late Work:1. Makeup work: Makeup tests and quizzes are to be completed by appointment. This appointment mustbe made and completed within 3 days after your return to school. If this is not accomplished the resultwill be a zero for that test/quiz. The responsibility for makeup is entirely the student's!2. Late work: NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR DAILY WORK/HOMEWORK, butmajor grades will be accepted (with penalty). This is a fast moving college level course and you will beexpected to rise to those standards.Special Note: ****** Because exams may be curved, two low daily work/homework grades will bedropped, and opportunities to raise the reading quiz average with supplemental assignments will be

Memorial HS - APUSH/Dual Credit Syllabus – Page 4given (film notes, etc.): AT THE END OF THE NINE WEEKS AND SEMESTER, GRADES WILLNOT BE “BUMPED” FROM 79 TO 80, 89 TO 90, ETC. And no additional work will be given.****Thus, neither students, nor parents should ask for this consideration . ****General Information:1. Attendance: The nature and format of this course make it imperative that you be in class every day.Some of the learning in your absence is virtually impossible to make up, but you can minimize theproblem by acquiring notes and such from members of your team.Excused Absences: It is the student’s responsibility to make-up class work, test, and quizzes in a timelymanner. If you absence is excused I will be very flexible with you in making anything up, as I know thatyou do have other classes and all will have work for you to complete.Unexcused Absences: Unexcused absences are UNACCEPTABLE. Key point: DO NOT SKIP myclass and be sure to have absences officially excused by the attendance office.2. Teams: Each student will be part of a team during this course. Teams will consist of four to fivepeople and will be chosen by the students. Teams will be used as groups for class activities, study groups,group projects, etc. Each team will be required to have a team captain and you will stay on the same teamfor the entire first semester. Changes will be made at the semester in cases of schedule changes only.3. Materials: These items are required each day in addition to your textbook:1. 3 ring binder with dividers2. Paper (loose leaf, lined, notebook paper / No Spiral Paper Accepted)3. Blue or Black pen4. Number 2 pencil (For scantron tests only / no pencil on written assignments)4. National Exam: The advanced placement national exam is administered at MHS in May. It takesapproximately 3 hours and consists of 2 parts, multiple choice and essay. It is my expectation that allstudents who complete this course will take the National AP Exam. 100% participation is expected.5. For HCC Dual Credit Students: ADA Statement: If you have any type of disability, please letyour instructor know immediately. MHS and HCCS have counselors who are more than willing to assistyou in any way possible. The HCC ADA office will also let us know what you require and we will assistyou to the best of our ability. Any student with a documented disability who needs to arrange reasonableaccommodations should contact the Disability Services Office at the HCC at the beginning of eachsemester. Faculty members are authorized to provide only the accommodations requested by theDisability Support Service Office.Expectations:1. Work load: This is a college level history course. The amount of reading and writing necessary forsuccess may be a shock to some students. However, if you organized yourself and are diligent with yourtime, you will find success. In the first semester (18 weeks) you will read and be responsible for the first22 chapters of the textbook. Thus, the time to begin reading is NOW! Once you receive your textbookyou should plan to read and take notes for APUSH each night. If you pace yourself you will not getoverwhelmed. As you become accustomed to the course format and texts, things will fall into place andbecome manageable. It is important to not get discouraged.

Memorial HS - APUSH/Dual Credit Syllabus – Page 52. Deadlines are deadlines: Assignments are due on or before a given due date. You will be provided aUnit calendar throughout the course, there will be no surprises and thus no exceptions, unless in the caseof emergency (death, severe illness/injury requiring hospitalization, etc.).3. Academic Honesty: Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, attempting to cheat on atest, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. Cheating on a test includes, but is not limited to,copying from another student’s test paper; using, during a test, materials not authorized by theinstructor; collaborating with another student during a test without permission; knowingly using,buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of an unadministered or previously administered test; or bribing another person to obtain a test that is tobe administered; or unauthorized access to previously administered exam questions. Collusionmeans the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing for an exam or in creatingwork offered for credit. Plagiarism means the appropriation of another’s work and theunacknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own written work for credit.* The instructor considers four (4) words or more taken from someone else or some otherwritten source for which credit is not given as plagiarism.* Notes for reading quizzes MUST be in student’s own handwriting.* Students found to be in violation of this policy will be dealt with severely.* Major assignments/papers will be submitted to

Memorial HS - APUSH/Dual Credit Syllabus – Page 64. AP Parent/Student Contract and APUSH Course Agreement Form – Once you have read thiscourse syllabus and attended your first day of class, read and sign the APUSH Course Agreement Form.Also, you must have your parent/guardian read the syllabus and sign the form. Additionally, read andsign the SBISD AP Parent/Student Contract. You must then return both the district contract and courseagreement form to your instructor to continue in the course.APUSH/Dual Credit Course Agreement FormI have read the entire Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH/Dual Credit) CourseSyllabus for Memorial High School. I accept the responsibilities and agree to follow theexpectations it lays out for me as a student.PRINT STUDENT’S NAMESTUDENT’S SIGNATUREDATEI have read the entire Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH)/Dual Credit CourseSyllabus for Memorial High School. I understand the responsibilities and expectations it lays outfor my son/daughter as a student.PARENT/GUARDIAN’S SIGNATUREDATE

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