TITLE OF COURSE
Mr. Dupuis (Dew-pwee)
One Semester/One Half Credit in Social Studies
4th Hour Planning
Phone #: 591-5428
Student must be of junior or senior standing.
Course Description and Overview of Content
Current Events is a fast moving class that is news driven. Many multimedia assignments are produced by the student with the news of the day as content. The students will also connect the news to their own lives. Special attention will be given to geography.
Course Goal/ Intended Outcomes
By the end of this course, the student will be able to pass a comprehensive exam on the basic concepts and facts from the State of Michigan and National Standards and Benchmarks. The student will meet the Performance and Exit Behaviors set forth by the district. The student will understand the meaning of and concepts behind the Core Democratic Values.
Required Text and Material
- Student textbook: The New York Times: Upfront
- Notebook and folder
- Pens and Pencils
- Colored Pencils
Format and Activities
We will use a variety of methods to analyze the subject matter. This will included, but is not limited to, lecture, research papers, right brain activities, and educational films.
Grading Practices and Procedures
Students will be graded by the following breakdown:
50% Formal Assessments 5% Positive In-class Participation
20% Interactive Notebook 25% Topic Based Assignments
The Final Exam is worth 20% of your overall grade!
Yes, even if you are a senior!
All assignments will be typed in Word and submitted through Blackboard.
The Topic Based Assignments will be marked down 50% if it is not turned in on or before the due date and time. You will have three (3) weeks to do the project, so if you are going to be absent (excused or unexcused, it does not matter) on the due date turn it in early, e-mail it, FedEx it, send it with a friend, relative, or stranger. Get it here on time.
Make up test will be given by appointment after school with in one (1) week of the test. Test not made up with in the week will receive a zero.
Absences: You are expected to be in class every day. In the event of an absence you will have 24 hours to excuse the unexcused absence. To excuse an absence your parent or legal guardian must contact me or the attendance office by phone w/in 24 hours of the absence. When an absence is excused, it is the student’s responsibility to get their missed work. The student will have one day plus one to make up the work, as per the student handbook. Late work may be handed in for half credit. Missed work during an unexcused absence cannot be made up.
Tardies: You must be in your assigned seat when the bell begins to ring. Every tardy three equals a referral to the office.
Classroom Rules and Procedures
As well as the guidelines in the Student Handbook, I expect that we follow these simple rules:
1. Be Focused! (stay on task... work, don’t talk)
2. Be Ready! (in your seat, pencil sharp, materials ready)
3. Be Respectful! (to the classroom... No Gum, No Food, No Candy, No Drinks... the people, and their opinions)
4. Let the teacher teach from bell to bell!
These simple rules will be enforced and added to if necessary!
Plagiarism, copying, cheating or being an accessory to plagiarism, copying, or cheating will NOT be tolerated and a Zero will be given to all parties with no chance of makeup.
All students must have a signed “Acceptable Use Practices” (AUP) on file in the media center.
Everyone has choices. You are responsible and will be held accountable for your choices.