_United States History I
Contact information: LPalmieri@ledyard.net
Prep Period: 3rd Block
After school help: Tuesdays & by appointment
Westward Expansion – The Great Depression
Course Objective: This course is a comprehensive analysis of the history of the United States. We will begin with westward expansion and end with the 1930's and the effects of the Great Depression. This course will include critical reading and writing skills, the employment of effective research skills, and the expansion of critical thinking skills.
Materials: It is required and expected that you come to class prepared everyday. This includes pens/pencils, notebook, covered book, homework as assigned, and any other required materials.
Absences and Late Work:
- If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get all of the notes and assignments prior to the next class.
- You will not be allowed to make up any work including quizzes and tests if the absence is unexcused.
- Any makeup work must be completed within three class periods. Exceptions will be made for students who are out more than one day.
- If a student is absent on the day of a quiz or test, it must be made up on the first day back (either before school, after school, or during a study hall)
- All assignments must be turned in on time. Late work will be penalized.
- To earn a good grade means you must actively participate in class in a manner that is conducive to the learning environment. This includes doing your homework and coming to class prepared.
- Be on time! If you enter the class after the bell without an excused pass, you will serve a teacher detention.
- No discipline problems will be tolerated. Any disruptions in class that prevent others from learning are considered discipline problems.
- Grading will be on a weighted system. Tests and essays account for 50% of your grade, quizzes 30%. Homework and Classwork/Participation are each worth 10%.
- In addition to the above, you will be required to write a 3-5 page thesis paper. This paper will be assigned within the first few weeks of the course and will be due near the end of the second quarter. The paper will count for roughly 33% of your second quarter grade. If you are caught plagiarizing in any way you will automatically receive a failing grade for the thesis paper.
The most important thing for you to remember is that I am willing to set up an appointment with you regarding extra help, questions or concerns.