Mr. Genness

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Mr. Genness

7th grade United States History

8th grade Ancient Civilizations

Contact information:

453-4200 ext. 2325

dgenness@msad49.org

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers students an introduction to the major  events of American History starting with the American Civil War to the Present.

TEXTBOOKS: American Journey: Reconstruction to the Present

Supplementary texts and activities: Ithink: U.S. History 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

EMAIL: dgenness@msad49. org

PHONE: 453-4200 ext. 2325

 

MAINE LEARNING RESULTS MET DURING THE COURSE OF THIS CLASS:

A. Applications of Social Studies Processes, Knowledge, and Skills
1. Researching and Developing Positions on Current Social Studies Issues 2. Making Decisions Using Social Studies Knowledge and Skills
3. Taking Action Using Social Studies Knowledge and Skills

B. Civics and Government
1. Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns of Civics/Government
2. Rights, Duties, Responsibilities, and Citizen Participation in Government
3. Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in Civics and Government

C. Economics
1. Economic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
2. Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in Economics

D. Geography
1. Geographic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
2. Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in Geography

E. History
1. Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
2. Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in History

 

PREPARATION: Students are required to bring the following to class:

  1. Pen/Pencil (preferably a pen because they don’t need to be sharpened)
  2. 1” 3 ring binder
  3. Dividers (can get these at staples, Wal-Mart, K-Mart)
  4. Assignment book
  5. Ipad
  6. Textbook 

 

TOPICS:

Reconstruction Era

The African American Experience

Problems and Progressives

The U.S. and World War I

1920s and 1930s

The U.S. and World War II

The Modern Era

The Cold War Era

21st Century Issues

 

8th Grade Topics

 

Mesopotamia

Egypt

India

China

Greece

Rome

Inca, Aztec, Maya

Maine Native Americans

GENERAL RULES AND PROCEDURES

 

GRADING:

Classwork: 30%: This grade is intended to recognize effort over accuracy. The most important part of learning is to give an honest effort. I also believe that we truly learn when we correct our mistakes. PARTICIPATION 

also figured into this grade. I WANT YOU TO TRY YOUR BEST :-)!!!!

Homework: 10%: This grade will consist of any assignments we did 

not finish during the day that must be finished for the next class

day.

 

Tests and Projects: 40%: Tests will be given at the end of each section and announced 48 hours in advance with one day to prepare in class. Projects will take the place of some tests.

 

Quizzes: 20%: Quizzes will be given when needed. Students will have 24 hours in advance to prepare for quizzes.

 

Extra Credit:

I do not offer extra credit; however, I will ALWAYS allow a student to make up any work (Tests, quizzes, homework, projects) for half credit. So...

75/100 = 25 points

25/2= 12.5 (round up to 13)

75+13= 88

 

MAKE UP WORK:

Any missed work due to absences must be made up in a timely manner. “What did I miss yesterday?” is a powerful question. If 

you know that you are going to miss a time for a vacation, trip, etc. please give me a “heads-up” so I can have time to get your

work together. 

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR BEHAVIOR:

To ensure that every student has a good learning experience, it is important that ALL students understand the expectations for behavior in my classroom and the consequences for failing to meet those expectations. My expectations are simple:

Be respectful, be prepared, and be responsible for your own work and behavior. Students must be respectful toward one another. No teasing, name calling, no pushing or shoving, even if it is “just a joke.” Disruptive, destructive, as well as inappropriate or offensive language will NOT be tolerated.