United States History II
Course Informational Packet
In this packet you will find the Course Syllabus, a Video Permission Slip, and the Cell Phone Use
Information. After you have read these, please complete the Acknowledgement Form and return it to me.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns.
Mrs. Laura Witte
I have read and understand the US I Course Syllabus, Cell Phone Policy, and Assignment
Student Signature: ___________________________________________________
Parent Signature: ____________________________________________________
Permission For Use of Videos in the Classroom:
Name of student ______________________________________________________
_____ I grant permission for my son/daughter to view the films/view excerpts of the BOE approved films
_____ I prefer that my son/daughter NOT view any of the films/NOT view any excerpts of the film(s)
of the BOE approved films for ________________________________________________class.
_____ I prefer that my son/daughter NOT view the film(s)/NOT view excerpts of the film(s)
(film title) _____________________________________________.
United States History II: College Prep
United States History II is semester course in American History from the World War II to modern day.
The instructional focus of the course is to provide the student with the knowledge of our nation’s heritage
and history. The content will be taught using a chronological and thematic approach; which will
emphasize nine major concepts in American History.
While it is important to be able to readily recall and access historical information, it is the person who can
evaluate and use that information that will excel. With this in mind, students will be able to relate past
historical events to contemporary issues. Student will study United States history so that future
generations will lead better lives.
Your textbook (each and every day)
Notebook and Folder OR a Binder with Paper
A pen or pencil
1. Demonstrate thorough understanding United States political system, democracy in America, and
the impact of industrialization on American society.
2. Use a variety of sources to acquire historical understanding of varying cultures throughout the
history of the United States.
3. Acquire geographical understanding by studying the United States and the world.
4. Use technology on-line research skills to complete project related to the United States.
5. Acquire history understanding of economic forces, ideas and institutions throughout the history of
the United States and the world.
6. Using numeric skills and processes to collect, analyze and present data as it relates to United
Major Course Projects and Instructional Activities
There will be two research papers (one for each marking period)
Each unit will have a small research project
Major Assessments: 60%
Final Exam will be count 20% of the overall grade.
All students have 1 week from their missed exam or quiz to make-up said exam or quiz. They
must set up an appointment with me for the make-up session. I do not hunt down students for
Make-up homework: students have until the next day to hand in all homework.
Letter to Parents Regarding Use of
PG-13 and R-Rated Video
Your child is currently enrolled in U.S. History II class. To enhance your child’s learning
experience/understanding I am planning to show the film/show excerpts of the BOE approved films:
Remember the Titans
Ghosts of Mississippi
Letters From Iwo Jima
Saving Private Ryan
Though some of these films are rated PG-13 or R, I am convinced of their learning value. I can assure you
that these films will be shown in appropriate context, including discussion and activities before and after
viewing. I sincerely believe that my students have the maturity to view these films. These film are a part of the
high school library’s collection and have been approved by our School Board of Education.
Please complete the form below either authorizing or exempting your child from viewing the films. Unless I
receive this signed permission slip, I will not permit your child to view/view scenes from any of the films. If you
do not wish to have your son/daughter view the film(s), I will gladly provide a relevant and appropriate
Feel free to phone or e-mail if you have any questions.
Cell Phone Policy
I may be encouraging students in the U.S. II History course to utilize their cell phones during
certain lessons. These will be used as a tool to check for understanding, evaluate prior
knowledge, poll students and groups, and as a way for students who are hesitant to talk out loud
in front of the class to be able to answer questions. The students will be grouped in a manner
that ensures there is someone in every group with an “unlimited text message plan” in order to
make sure there is no cost to you or the students for participating. It is not necessary that all
students have cell phone or an unlimited messaging plan. They will be sending their responses
via text message to a website that will show the results immediately to the class.
Please feel free to contact either myself or Mr. Ilconich with any questions, comments, concersn,
or further details.
Mr. Ilconich Mrs. Witte
Vice Principal US History II
Thank you and I look forward to a successful school year. As always, please feel free to contact
me with any concerns, updates, or questions.