AP US History � Part I by mWrNSE

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									                                 AP US History – Part I
                                  Student Expectations
                                       2012-2013
                                     Mr. Stemmler

I. OBJECTIVES

After completion of this course, students will be able to:

   1. Identify the significance of key people and events in American history from 1600
      to 1880.
   2. Identify and describe trends and changes in the United States during this period,
      especially in the areas of government, economics, foreign affairs and social
      movements.
   3. Use a variety of research methods for the purpose of synthesizing relevant
      information.
   4. Properly use primary and secondary sources and recognize their inherent biases.
   5. Construct a clear and concise historical essay.
   6. Respond to a document based question under time constraints.
   7. Understand the form and content of the AP exam in US history, as well as
      strategies for succeeding on the exam given at the end of the second year course.
   8. Grasp the importance of budgeting time regarding the completion of assignments
      and testing.
   9. Value the opinions of others, even with whom they may disagree.

II. GRADING

      Grades are calculated on a total point system.
      The grade for each marking period will be calculated by dividing the total number
       of points received by the total number of possible points.
      A mid-term and final exam will be given. Each counts separately as 10% of the
       year grade.
      All tests will simulate the AP exam.

   ASSIGNEMENT VALUES:

   Homework assignments: 5 – 30 points
   Quizzes:              20 - 30 points
   Essays:               50 points
   Tests:                 100 – 200 points
   Class participation :  50-100 points

      The end of the year grade will be calculated by averaging the four marking period
       grades with the mid-term and final exam.
III. PROCEDURES

   1. Approximately bi-weekly, a syllabus will be provided for all activities and
      assignments (including due dates). Students must remain attentive to any
      revisions.
   2. If you are absent from class, check with me or a classmate to find out what you
      missed. It is your responsibility.
   3. Make-up tests and quizzes MUST be made up within a week of the end of the
      grace period noted in the student handbook. Failure to do so will result in a
      “ZERO” grade. It will be up to you to arrange with me an appointment for any
      make-up tests or quizzes.
   4. Make-up tests and quizzes, as well as extra help, are available every Thursday
      2:15 – 3:15 pm in Room 2218.
   5. Since our class meets every other day, LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE
      ACCEPTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. If you will be absent from
      class due to a school activity and have an assignment due the same day, the
      assignment must be placed in my mailbox or emailed to me before the end of that
      school day.
   6. All work handed in MUST BE TYPED, double-spaced, including name, class
      period, and date. NO COMPUTER PRINTER PROBLEMS WILL EXCUSE A
      LATE ASSIGNMENT. Save the assignment to a CD or USB and bring it to
      class.
   7. All work is to be your own unless done as a group assignment as directed by me.
      NEVER GIVE ANY PORTION OF YOUR WORK TO SOMEONE ELSE. If
      this occurs, all involved will receive a “zero” for the assignment.
   8. Each student will be responsible for keeping an organized and up-to-date three
      ring binder or at least a three subject notebook with folders. They are to contain
      material for this course only.
   9. Any comments, questions or problems concerning these policies, or individual
      grades or other matters, should be addressed outside of class time.

Behavior Expectations

1. Arrive to class on time.

2. No food or drinks in class with the exception of water bottles.

3. Always be considerate and respectful.

4. Wait until the bell rings, indicating the end of the class period, to pack up your
   materials.

Student’s Name: _______________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian
Signature:_____________________________________________________________

								
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