Honors United States History

Steven Mullooly
Social Studies
Class Code: 
US HIS (236101H)
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Class Period: 
D & A

Course Description In Honors United States History [HUSH], you will pursue an in-depth study of our history over the past 400 years. Approaching our content through thematic units, we’ll explore the significance of the past, explanations of the present, and implications for the future. Our survey will help you gain an appreciation for, and comprehensive understanding of, important movements, influences, people, events and ideas that have shaped the American experience. Through this course you will develop your skills as a thinker, reader, writer and speaker. You will be challenged to read closely and analyze many texts, and to consider many documents and artifacts. You will identify and examine historical, social, political, cultural, and religious influences that have shaped, and that continue to shape, American culture. You will articulate ideas in writing, speaking, and other modes in an increasingly clear, concise, and thoughtful manner. And, as a vital part of our learning community, you will participate in class discussions, listening and responding thoughtfully to others’ ideas and arguments. Ideally, you will connect personally to many of the themes and issues discussed in this class. All students must pass United States History and the Public Law 195 exam (Constitution) in order to graduate from high school. If you can not access HFexhibits powerpoint, go to http://www.chicagohistoryfair.org/history-fair/students-become-historian...to take notes


Topic: Constitution ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS 1. How does America define us? (Constitution: Living Document) 2. What is the ideal government? 3. How does the Constitution guard against tyranny? 4. What does freedom of speech mean? 5. Should our democracy allow schools to punish students for off-campus cyber bullying? ------------------- Agenda Topic 1: The Basics 1. Leaderland or Freeland 2. Basics 3. Branches of Government 4. Assessment: Constitution as a Living Document Topic 2: What is the Ideal Government? 1. Who is in Control? 2. Reading: Articles of Confederation 3. Close Reading: Federalists v. Anti-Federalists 4. Guard Against Tyranny: DBQ 5. Compare yours vs. America’s government Topic 3: Freedom of Speech 1. Creating Criteria 2. History: Barnette Case 3. Virginia Tech 4. School & Religion Topic 4: Cyberbullying a. GRAPS: creating a policy for Brooks Topic 5: Know Your Rights: 1. Bill of Rights 2. 2nd Amendment 3. Comparing Arguments: Cloning Final Assessment: Constitution Test Throughout January Students will be conducing independent research for their history fair projects. In-Class workshops 1. Reading Primary sources 2. Big Question & thesis 3. Archival Research 4. Type of Projectshttp://www.chicagohistoryfair.org/history-fair/students-become-historians/five-s

Due Date: 
Fri, 01/25/2013
Great Depression & New Deal

Students will complete questions 1-12 on the Great Depression handout using this document.


Due Date: 
Thu, 04/04/2013
Honors United States History