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US History: 6
Instructor: Steenhausen   
Students in grade eleven study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the tenth grade study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects. They trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. They learn that the United States has served as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents, but the results of a defined set of political principles that are not always basic to citizens of other countries. Students understand that our rights under the U.S. Constitution are a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry for their preservation and protection (CA Dep't of Education).
Announcements
Information on the Final Exam
The final exam will cover all content from this school year. It is all multiple choice and entirely consists of questions you have seen on previous unit tests, with the exception of some questions relating content covered since WWII (including the Post-WWII People Project, Chapter 18, and the videos shown in the last few days of instruction.

There is no separate study guide for the final. You should review each of the previous 6 unit tests' study guides, in addition to notes taken since the WWII test, the Chapter 18 Reading Study Guide, and the recent video guides about the U.S. after WWII.

You will be taking the final exam on the computers in the Library. On the day of the final exam (June 7th for Period 5 and June 8th for Period 6), you will turn in the Chapter 18 Reading Study Guides and the recent video guides (since the WW2 Test).
"How Can I Raise My Grade?"
"How Can I Raise My Grade?"

In addition to doing as well as possible on all remaining assignments, projects, and tests, students can still raise their grade by doing any of the following:

1. Retake unit tests if you did not earn at least a 3.5 out of 5. See the syllabus for information relating to test retakes. Remember you must have turned in the completed unit study guides if you would like to retake a test. NOTE: This will likely have the biggest percent impact on your grade.

2. Complete extra credit projects. See the Extra Credit Folder on the website for information relating to extra credit (up to 1 project point per week up to 5 points per semester). Note that you can only earn up to 1 extra credit project point per week and there are only 5 weeks left in the semester.

3. Complete ANY project you did not do during the semester or fix up any project on which you did not earn at least a 3.5. You can still earn up to a 3.5.

4. Document more than just 5 hours of community service (Economics class only). You can earn an additional 0.5 point on that 5 point project grade for up to 3 additional hours (max of 6.5 out of 5)

5. Complete any class assignment or set of reading study guides due within the past week. You can still earn full credit.

6. You can earn up to a 3.5 on any discussion board whose replies were due within the last two weeks. Complete the make-up assignment that is explained in the syllabus.


REMEMBER THAT YOUR GRADE IS NOT SUBJECTIVE; IT IS BASED SOLELY ON A CALCULATION OF POINTS YOU EARNED DURING THE SEMESTER. THERE IS NO JUDGMENT CALL ON MY PART.

I recommend that you cushion your grade so that when you take a final worth 10% of your total grade at the end of the term, that you are confident that you will meet your goal regardless of how well you do on the final exam. DON'T PUT THE ADDITIONAL STRESS ON YOURSELF DURING AN ALREADY STRESSFUL TIME!

I arrive at work by 7:20am and am here until at least 3:30pm (I leave around 3:00pm on Friday) to assist you. I want to help you in any way possible, but I AM NOT AN ENABLER. This is a core class for high school upperclassmen, so my standards are obviously high and will not be compromised.

I have enjoyed the semester so far and would love NOTHING MORE than to have all of my students be successful. However, we each have to be individually accountable for our own actions and our own choices.

And for any student whose goal is merely to pass the class, you must earn at least a 70.0% to earn the 5 credits for this class (which you must pass to graduate). You will ONLY pass the class with a grade between 60.0%-69.99% IF you pass the final exam.
FINISH STRONG!
Posting on the Class Discussion Board Screencast
screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cli2Y7dQQ

Click on the link above to view a tutorial that will show
you how to post responses and replies to classmates on
the weekly discussion board.

DISCUSSION BOARD WARNING!!
Always enter the discussion board by clicking on the appropriate link BELOW this message (Look for the section titled "Discussion Topics"). DO NOT click on 'Multimedia Blog' at the top of this page!!! Your post will likely not be channeled to the correct place.

Also, I highly recommend that you type out your posts (both your original post and replies to classmates) in a Word document, save the document, then copy and paste into the discussion forum. That way, you can edit your posts for content and conventions (spelling, grammar, etc.) and also you will have saved a copy of your posts, just in case the unforeseeable happens!
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry Post World War 2 People Project Discussion Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 1:48 PM
Blog Entry Week 16 Discussion Board Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM
Blog Entry Week 13 Discussion Board Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:23 AM
Blog Entry Week 12 Discussion Board Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:02 AM
Blog Entry Week 11 Discussion Board Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 9:17 AM
More...
Files
 Cold War Unit Folder
Covers Chapter 18
 Discussion Board Folder
Inside you will find the rubric for this weekly assignment as well as step-by-step directions for posting on the discussion board and Troubleshooting Tips to consider if you have any problem posting your comments.
 Extra Credit Information Folder
Use these forms along with the link to the California Content Standards when completing independent extra credit assignments. Remember the most an extra credit assignment will raise your grade is 1 point for your project grade score (which is worth 20% of your final grade).
 Post World War II People Project
Inside you will find the readings for each person, an explanation of the assignment, and a great example of the expected quality of work.
 Second Semester Folders and Files
This folder contains files that will be used later in the 2nd semester.
 Unit 4--Imperialism/World War I Folder
Inside you will find the documents you need during our study of Chapter 10-11.
 Unit 6--World War II
Covers Chapters 16-17.
 Common Job Interview Questions.pdf
For your reference and information only...there is no related assignment.
 Initial Log In Info.docx
This document has the info you need to be able to log into computers at school, log into SchoolFusion, and into Office 365. It will also direct you to the Student Information Sheet I need you to fill out.
 U S History Syllabus-Fall 2015.rtf
It is very important that each student and parent reviews and understands this document.
Reading Study Guides
No "Reading Study Guides" exist(s)

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