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    DJ Nimphius
    History Teacher-  Instructor of USI (CP and US II (CP)
    Head Football Coach
     
     
     
     
     
    Extra Help Available - 7 am - 7:30 am (please make appointment) - T/W/TH in Room 908.
     
     

    US History  (2019-20)

     

    Course Description:

     

     

    US History I is an introductory year-long survey of American history from Colonialism to Imperialism.  Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed.  Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents and historiography.   

    Besides listening to occasional lectures, podcasts, Skype calls or PowerPoint presentations on important themes of U.S. history, you are expected to participate in class verbally through discussions of primary documents and events, debates of key issues, possible role-playing of historic figures and mock trials.  Current events is the base of our course- I expect you to follow the news, as strong connections can be made from the past to the present. Furthermore, you are expected to continually develop your writing skills through Document-Based Questions (DBQ's),  regular short essays, essay exams and maintain a notebook (OneNote) of all class materials.  The volume of material involved in a survey course of US history is extensive and you can expect to do a lot of reading not only in the text, but also from outside sources.  Most of all, I want you to enjoy this course, appreciate our history for its successes and learn from our failures.  This course depends upon you and your thoughts.  The more you can contribute, the more our class will come alive.

    Our primary text will be The Americans, with numerous handouts, primary and secondary source readings, with accompanying web sites  for a change of pace as well as for depth. Our text is also available on-line.  I'll give you instructions on how to access it.

     

     

     

    US History II is a challenging year-long survey of American history from the Great War (1917) to current day.  Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed.  Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents and historiography.   

    Besides listening to occasional lectures, podcasts, Skype calls or PowerPoint presentations on important themes of U.S. history, you are expected to participate in class verbally through discussions of primary documents and events, debates of key issues, possible role-playing of historic figures and mock trials.  Current events is the base of our course- I expect you to follow the news, as strong connections can be made from the past to the present. Furthermore, you are expected to continually develop your writing skills through Document-Based Questions (DBQ's),  regular short essays, essay exams and maintain a notebook (OneNote) of all class materials.  The volume of material involved in a survey course of US history is extensive and you can expect to do a lot of reading not only in the text, but also from outside sources.  Most of all, I want you to enjoy this course, appreciate our history for its successes and learn from our failures.  This course depends upon you and your thoughts.  The more you can contribute, the more our class will come alive.

    Our primary text will be The Americans, with numerous handouts, primary and secondary source readings, with accompanying web sites  for a change of pace as well as for depth. Our text is also available on-line.  I'll give you instructions on how to access it.

     

     

    Materials Required: -- Organization Is Half the Battle!!

    • Fully-charged laptop 
    • Pen/Pencil, a yellow-colored highlighter.
    • Your "working notebook” will reside in OneNote.  It should be kept up-to-date. 

     * Be sure to check Schoolwires daily!!!!!

     

    Grading Policy:

    The US History Courses (I and II) in the High School Social Studies Department will be evaluated on the following percentages:

    - Assignments - 25%

    -Quizzes - 25%

    - Test - 50%

     

    Late:

          In order to receive credit for all work, it must be submitted when it is due.  School policy says that late work = a zero. I am a human being. You are to come to me and talk to me and tell me your story. DO NOT EMAIL ME - physcially see me. Conversation carries the day. Much can be settled with the two of us having face to face interaction. Each of us builds up equity with our daily perfomance. 

    If you are absent, work should be submitted on the day you return. If you are absent for several days, work must be made up within a week.  Please be sure to contact me for extenuating circumstances.  Again. Go well beyond an email. You are to see me.

     

    Exams missed due to absence will be taken on the day you return unless prior arrangements are madeMakeups are in essay format. You are strongly encouraged to let me know if you are going to miss class beforehand, if you know, so that we can make a plan together for when work can be made up.