United States History


    Mr. Iseler/Mrs. Smith

    Course Information

    Room 308

    Grade 9

    One Full Year/One Credit

    (3 Social Studies Credits Required to Graduate)


    Teacher Information

    1st Hour Planning

    Phone#: 591-5569 or 591-5554

    E-mail: riseler@carmanainsworth.org or jsmith@carmanainsworth.org



    Course Description and Overview of Content


    This course will survey major events in American history concentrating on the past 140 years. As part of this study, the contributions of all Americans will be emphasized. Political, economic, and social developments will be analyzed as well as America’s advancement to the position of a world leader. Students will be able to understand, analyze, and interpret historical concepts and events. Students will understand the role that history has played in the development of the world that we live in today. 

    Course Goal/ Intended Outcomes

    1. By the end of this course, the student will be able to pass a comprehensive exam on the basic concepts and facts from the Michigan Standards and Benchmarks.
    2. The student will meet the CA Performance Exit Behaviors set forth by the district.
    3. The student will understand the meaning of and concepts behind the Core Democratic Values.
    4. The student will be able to identify and explain the significant events and people that shaped the development of the U.S. as a nation.


    Texts and/ or Other Materials

    The Americans.

    Materials needed for class every day are pen/pencil, interactive notebook, folder/binder. Some activities may require special materials such as colored pencils, markers, highlighters etc.


    Format and Activities

    Lecture, cooperative learning, silent reading, guided reading, guided viewing, hands on activities, etc.

    Grading Practices and Procedures

    Grades will be based on all tests, quizzes, projects, writing assignments, class participation, notebooks and all other assignments handed out in class. The grading scale is: 90-100, A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C; 60-69, D; Below 60, E.



    Attendance/ Tardiness

    Attendance is crucial if you are to learn. We will obey all rules set forth in the CA Handbook and we expect you to do the same. You cannot learn if you are not here!

    Classroom Rules and Procedures

    In addition to the guidelines in the CA Student handbook, we expect that you will follow these simple rules:

    1. Be Prompt – On time and in seat; Ready to learn
    2. Be Prepared – Bring required materials every day
    3. Be Respectful – to other students, the teacher, yourself
    4. Participate – Follow the rules, pay attention

    We will dig deeper into the meaning of these rules in class; however, we believe high school students know what is expected of them in class. We will have no tolerance for those who disrupt or disrespect the learning environment.


    Academic Integrity

    Cheating will not be tolerated and a zero will be given to all offending students.

    Technology Usage

    We will at times use the library and the Internet Please remember to sign and date the proper Usage form in the Handbook


    Other Comments


    REMEMBER: Everyone has choices. You are responsible, and will be held accountable, for your choices.


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