Teacher: R. Murphy
Course: United States History to 1877
U.S. History: This course is designed to introduce you to critical thinking and writing and to provide you
with a foundation for understanding the world in which you live. You will be expected to think and
communicate clearly and rationally. You will also be expected to grasp certain essential themes in the
history of the United States, which have had a direct impact upon the world in which you live. Through
participation in class, the student is expected to learn the significance of historical events that have
transpired in the development of the United States. I urge you to take notes in class and read the
Grading: Grades for the course will be based on the total score achieved based on the following
items: tests, quizzes, essays, homework, class work, notebooks, projects, and to some extent
participation. Each item will be weighted differently, based on its significance to the class and the
amount of work required. Work outside the class will be required. Instructions for projects and
assignments will be issued as needed.
Students and parents may view up-to-date averages via STI iNOW Home. A final grade will be
based on the averages of the points within a category. The student’s score will be rounded
according to standard math rules. The categories and weight assigned to each are as follows:
Tests & Quizzes 60%, Daily Work & Participation = 30%, Notebook & Homework 10%,
Each student is responsible for all required materials on a daily basis.
8 ½-by-11 inch spiral-bound notebook of at least 150 pages. (1 for each Semester)
Blue or black ink pen, a No. 2 pencil, and two highlighters of different colors.
Rubber cement or a glue stick
*These additional materials would be helpful for students:
A variety of colored pens or pencils
Several more highlighters
A small pair of scissors
A container to hold all of these (purse, vinyl packet)
1 pack of EXPO Dry Erase Markers
The student handbook is the basis of expected behavior and will be enforced. Students will receive a
classroom set of rules and consequences that will be kept in their notebooks.
Homework is due by the beginning of the class.
Class work is due as assigned.
Students are responsible for scheduling all make-up work. Assignments missed will receive a grade of
“0” until made up. No make-up work for an unexcused absence. Missed assignments must be turned
in within one week of their being missed.
Students or parents wishing to meet with the teacher only have to make arrangements with the teacher
through the office or email. Students are encouraged to seek aid when having difficulty. Each student has
a responsibility to seek help. School Phone Number: (251) 602-8970