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Room #308

Instructor: Ms. Staponski                             E-mail:

Phone:  (660) 747-2262 ext. 8308              Website:

I. Course Description:

- The focus of this course is for the student to understand, develop, and use primary and secondary sources, historical thinking, and analysis through the study of human culture, interaction, government, and social structures by exploring the history of the United States since World War I.

II. Course Materials Needed Daily:

- 5 Subject Notebook

- Class Folder

- Writing Utensil (#2 Pencil or Mechanical Pencil)

- WHS BYOD Policy WILL be used in my classroom. Students will be asked periodically to use 21st century devices (Cell Phones, Tablets, Chromebooks, etc.) in my classroom to complete specific assignments/projects to reinforce our learning over various topics. ANY student that does not have access to these devices will be given the opportunity to checkout a device from the library, permitted they have signed the WHS BYOD Policy beforehand. Paper and pencil tasks may be used to substitute assignments/projects based on the instructor’s discretion.

-Textbook: United States History: Reconstruction to the Present.  Prentice Hall.  Textbooks will NOT be handed out, but students may check them out as needed. “If a textbook is lost, stolen or damaged, the student is responsible for paying the replacement cost of the book – amount to be determined by school official.  The student will be placed on the fines list until the replacement cost is paid.” Students owing money to the school will not be eligible for extra-curricular activities until all fines have been paid or arrangements have been made for payment by the student. Students will not be eligible for final exemptions until fines are paid.  Students will not receive their diploma upon graduation until all fines have been paid.

- Students must sign for receipt and return of his or her textbook with textbook number listed along with the appropriate dates noted.

III. Learning Objectives & Outcomes:

- First and foremost, LEARNING is the priority! To keep the learning environment free from distraction, interruptions to the learning process of students will receive immediate consequences. Please bring a positive attitude to class each day!

By the end of this course, students will:

·      Analyze the roles and influence of political parties and interest groups from World War I to the present.

·   Describe the migrations of people from many regions of the world and the interactions of cultures and religious traditions that have contributed to America’s history from World War I to the present.

·   Evaluate the evolution of American democracy, its ideas, institutions and political processes from World War I to the present, including: the struggle for civil rights, the expanding role of government, and the expanding participation in political processes.

·   Explain the major patterns and issues with regard to population distribution, demographics, settlements, migrations, and cultures in the U.S.

·   Interpret maps, statistics, charts, diagrams, graphs, timelines, pictures, political cartoons, audiovisual materials, written resources, and artifacts from specific time periods.

IV. Classroom Expectations

  1. Be on time, on task, and prepared to learn EVERYDAY.
  2. Respect the teacher, the classroom, other students, and yourself.
  3. Be responsible for your own learning.
  4. Clean up after yourself and your peers.
  5. Keep all personal electronics put away.

‚ÄčI post all of our classroom materials on Google Classroom and have all of my students signed up for their respective classes. If you are a parent/guardian and would like to receive emails for our Google Classroom, please do not hesitate to email me at the address listed above.