United States History Honors
Mr. Michael Meechin

[p] 863.438.1074
[e] meechinm@osceola.gaggle.net

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Welcome to USH Honors Course Syllabus.

This syllabus is a living document, meaning it can be edited and amended throughout the year based on our learning needs. United States History Honors is a survey course about the history of the United States of America. This course will predominately focus on post-Civil War United States History.

  1. Examine major themes and eras of United States history, post Civil War
  2. Analyze and evaluate major events throughout United States history, post Civil War
  3. Gain a familiarity with historical events and their impact on the United States today
  4. Prepare for college course structure and experience

Students will not be assigned a textbook for this course, you will however have access to a hard copy text in class. Instead students will be utilizing hypertext, or web-based textbooks for this course. Students will be accessing two textbooks throughout the course. Most assigned readings will come from these texts. The textbooks are free of charge and the links can be found below.

Mintz, S. Digital History, 2007. Web.

United States. Outline of U.S. History, 2005. Web.

Please note: a limited number of print copies will be available from the instructor for students who do not have Internet access.

Instructional Methods
Class lectures, note-taking, reading assignments, student writing, breakout sessions and class discussions will allow for the exploration of United States history and preparation for a college level course. Quizzes, weekly written assignments, exams, projects and other assessments will be utilized to assess student understanding and progression.

Your assessments in United States History Honors will be calculated on a total points system. It is this instructor's belief that there is a difference between assessment and grading. Not all of your work will be graded, but all work is used to assess student learning. This is a common system you will see in college. Assessments that are given for this course are an integral part to student learning.

Daily assessment tasks will be assigned a corresponding grade on a 50 point minimum scale, which means that 50 is the lowest score that a student can receive in this course. Student daily assessments will take the following grading format.
Assessments are due on the specified due date. Late work may be penalized at the instructor's discretion and may affect the student's course average. Success in any course relies on the timely completion of assigned work.

Following an absence, it is the student's responsibility to makeup the work missed as soon as possible. This responsibility relies soley on the student. Students may not miss class time to makeup missed assessments.

Most assignment will follow these fixed point totals. Students will earn 20 points per quarter (1 point per blog post up to 20 points) for dailies blog posts. Students will earn 40 points per quarter (5 points per blog post up to 40 points) for weekly article posts. Students should maintain a weekly schedule with their blogs, as I will be checking regularly to see that students are taking the task seriously. "Fluff" blog posts will not be given credit.

In addition student will earn up to 10 points on most quizzes and 20 points for projects of the student's choosing.

Abuse of Gaggle, Twitter, and our social media community will result in minus 5 points, referral to administration, and suspension of the student's network account.

Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty, including plagarism and use of any unethical means to complete any assignment, will not be tolerated in this course. This course also will use extensive instructional technolgies, abuse of these technologies and taking credit for work that is not yours will also not be tolerated.

Instructional Technology
This course will utilize an extensive amount of instructional technologies. Students are expected to maintain a current email address that they check regularly. A computer with Internet access is not required, but recommended. Any assignment that is in a technology format, can also be completed pen and paper.