Syllabus

Course: US/Washington State History
Credit: US History 1.0 (year long) - this course is a state mandated graduation requirement.

Enduring Understandings

This course is a chronological and thematic study, from roughly 1876 to the present, of the people and events that have shaped the course of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Specific connections to Washington State history will be emphasized in several units. This course meets Washington State requirements for graduation. Each teacher will provide opportunities for students to complete state mandated CBAs on constitutional issues.

Semester 1

Semester 2

The Big Questions

Content

Thinking

Skills

Grading

Late Work/Make-Up Policy

Late work may be graded at half the value of earned points. Late work will only be accepted in the school term in which it is assigned and must be submitted before unit assessments. All work is due when the first bell rings for class. Being even a little bit late will be late work (Hint: be in your seat when the bell rings with any homework already completed). Submitted assignments may not be re-done.

Copying, Cheating, and Plagarism

Students are expected to do their own work. The definition of cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying or lending assignments; communicating, in any way, during a test; using notes in a situation where notes are not acceptable; plagiarism (the intentional or unintentional failure to give clear credit to the author of any word/ideas not your own) in any form (individual/group work). Because these types of behavior involve submitting other people's work, credit cannot be given for this type of work. Because assignments and exams may not be re-submitted, copying, cheating, and plagarism will result in loss of credit for those assignmnets, projects, and/or exams.

Attendance

All school wide attendance policies apply. These policies are changing and evolving in the district. The easiest way to comply is to show up and engage during all sessions. Show up promply during scheduled class meetings and stay until you are dismissed.

Classroom Distractions and Disruptions (The Rules)

We are here to learn. Behavior and actions that distract from the learning of any student are not acceptable. It is necessary to demonstrate respect for other students, teachers, the classroom space (both virtual and real), and yourself. If we all demonstrate this respect for each other and our classroom, disruptions disappear.

All school wide rules from your handbook apply. Please, do not share our login information with anyone who is not in our class.

We must protect privacy. Do not capture screen shots of people on Zoom. If information is being presented, ask and I may share that information in Canvas.

Zoom Norms (These are things we try to do to show respect to each other)

  1. Dress the way you would in school, whatever that means. There are school rules around dress and those do apply, but clothing is an expression of oneself. Express yourself they way you want to and respect the way others express themselves.
  2. When joining a Zoom meeting, do your best to be in a distraction free, quiet place.
  3. When you log in, be sure that you are using your real last name in your username. Otherwise, you may not be admitted to the Zoom session.
  4. Please try to encourage those around you (family members, etc.) to respect your learning in an online class so that they do not unknowingly or unnecessarily interrupt you.
  5. Please keep your audio on mute until you want to speak. This will help to limit background noise. If you would like to speak or ask a question or answer a question, raise your hand and move it slightly near the camera and wait to be called on. Real hands work better with me than Zoom hands.
  6. The chat feature can be a useful tool. If it is turned on, limit your chat to the topic of conversation in class. This is not a place to make jokes or have sidebar conversations.
  7. If you need to be off camera for a quick minute, leave your camera on and do what you must. If you need to leave for a longer period, get the teacher's attention and ask. Act like we are in the classroom.
  8. Be present and engaged in class. As much as possible, have your cameras on, pay attention to what is happening, and participate in whole class and breakout room discussions. There is nothing less respectful than being ignored. Ignoring questions and contributions from others communicates a lack of caring and concern.
  9. Aside from attendance rules, coming and going is distracting. It is not polite to be coming and late and/or leaving early. It is clear from comments that many students, and staff, are bothered by this and view it as a lack of respect.
  10. Expect technical problems. If you are having serious issues, do your best to communicate this to those you are trying to interact with. We are all new to this and we will need to be creative in letting others know we are having problems without disrupting class.
  11. Assume positive intentions in others. We are all learning to deal with a new and strange way of learning. If you are concerned with something, ask questions first. Ask why something is happening rather than just thinking the worst of someone. Sometimes something that seems rude is actually just a misunderstanding.