Contact Information:Stephanie SmithArdmore Hall office 223; Ardmore Hall classroom 217(336) 757-3290 work; (336) 926-6868 cellSDSmith@wsfcs.k12.nc.us ; @ecf_sdsmith
Required Texts:Lapsansky-Werner, Emma J., et al. United States History. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. New York: Penguin Publishing Group, 2008.
Course Description and Objectives:American History I: The Founding Principles will begin with the European exploration of the new world through Reconstruction. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States from European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of colonial America and the outbreak of the American Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the U.S. Constitution. The essential standards of American History I: The Founding Principles have been designed to provide a framework for studying political, social, economic, and cultural issues, and for analyzing the impact these issues have had on American society over time. Students will continue to build upon previous studies of American History, the fundamental concepts in civics and government, economics, culture and geography taught in grades kindergarten through eight and use skills of historical analysis as they examine American history. This course goes beyond memorization of isolated facts to the development of higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. (www.dpi.state.nc.us)
Be prompt, prepared, and polite. Refer to class calendar for daily schedule. No cell phones in class.
Evaluations and Grading System:Tests 40%Essays / Projects 40%Constructed Responses / Quizzes 20%
100 – 90 (A), 89 – 80 (B), 79 – 70 (C), 69 – 60 (D), 59 and below (F)* First 9 weeks, second 9 weeks, and NC Final Exam are weighted and combined for a final course grade.
Make up Policy:Assignments will be accepted a day late per each excused absence. After participating in a tutoring session, resubmitted and unexcused late assignments may earn a maximum grade of 80%.
Office Hours and Tutoring:8 – 8:45 am Monday and Friday3:15 – 4 pm Tuesday and Wednesday