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American History and Government

In this class you will learn about:

Historical topics that span from contact with indigineous peoples (The Native Americans) to the present day.

Students shall (to the best of their ability):

Learn the concepts as set forth in the New York State American History and Government Standards.

In American History and Government it is very important that your participation will determine a large portion of your grade.

You should therefore attempt to attend each and every class.

Attendance Policy
In the event that you are unable to attend class it is your responsibility to determine what you have missed. Please review the expectations for additional details with regards to meeting deadlines.

General Educational Emphasis
Students will be required to read and comprehend basic critical American History concepts. They will be encouraged to discuss this information within the classroom. They may be required to use the Internet to research a variety of contemporary issues that have/had an impact on American society . They will be required to demonstrate an understanding of these ideas by completing quizzes, projects and examinations.

Course Goals/Objectives
1) A fundamental understanding of the challenges faced by America's settlers and immigrants.
2) A fundamental understanding of the development of our American Government.
3) A fundamental understanding of turning points in American History.
4) A fundamental understanding of challenges faced by all Americans in contemporary society.

Instructional Methods
Discussion - topics covered in the textbppk and/or review books will be discussed during classroom and review sessions (see below).

Assignments - periodically students will be required to complete projects. Students may be required to complete these assignments in class using the Internet as a primary resource.

Review - material covered in each chapter will be reviewed prior to each quiz.

Overview of Quiz/Exam Design
Quizzes will be composed of (best answer) multiple-choice and short anwer questions taken primarily from the text and/or review book.
Exams will be composed primarily of quiz questions.

Required Text - The American Vision

Recommended Text -Brief Review in American History and Government

 
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