• U.S. History


    Prosper High School

    11th United States History 2017-2018

    Instructor:  Mr. Atkinson

    Email: msatkinson@prosper-isd.net


    Class Objective: American History is a survey of the history of the United States of America. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the 1877 to the present.  Traditional historical points of reference in United States history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in the United States as well as its connection to other parts of the world. This is a STARR exit level course and we will prepare to show mastery on the state test in May.


    Purpose and Standards for Social Studies

    “The primary purpose of social studies,” according to the National Council for the Social Studies (1994), “is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world” (p. vii). The Texas Education Agency (1999) echoes this idea in its Texas Social Studies Framework and adds that “an understanding of the social studies disciplines prepares students to assume productive, participatory lives as citizens.” In Texas, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) comprise the state-mandated standards that establish what every student should know and be able to do. They were developed to comply with §28.002 of the Texas Education Code and can be found in the Texas Administrative Code in Chapters 113 and 118. For all grades (K-12), the TEKS for Social Studies are organized around eight strands: history; geography; economics; government; citizenship; culture; science, technology, and society; and social studies skills.

    Materials needed:

    1. Chromebook - Provided
    2. Pen/Pencil
    3. Folder/Binder

    Expectations and Rules

            Be respectful of the teacher, students, and all guests

    Be in the classroom when the bell rings

    Turn in all work on time

    Always be prepared with appropriate materials for class

    Cellphone use is prohibited, unless teacher approval for lesson-based use.

    General Information

    Google Classroom/Google Drive - We will be using Google Classroom in this class, making US History virtually a “paperless” classroom.  There will be times when we have to use paper, but I will try to make those instances rare.  Make sure you get acquainted with Google Classroom if you have not done so already.  All important information will be stored on Google Drive, making it accessible at any time. We will also use other apps as well: Nearpod, Socrative, turnitin.com, etc.

    Chromebook Use – We will be using Chromebooks in class on a daily basis.  Please use the utmost care when using these devices. Any tampering with the device could result in loss of privilege.

    Attendance – You are expected to be in class every day.  If you must miss a class you are responsible for making up all work that was missed.   If you are absent, always reference the calendar for missed information and check in with teacher within  24 hours for any lessons to complete.

    Tutorials/Make ups –---Make ups in Eagle Time Thursday

                                                  --Tutorial opportunities:Mon pm/ Tues Eagles Time/ Thur am and pm/Friday Eagle Time

    Retest Policy- On test grades if a student is not successful they have an opportunity to retest for up to a 70%. These will be offered only on Thursdays in Eagle Time. The teacher will arrange this situation with the students.

    Late Work Policy- The school has adopted a late work policy also this year.  You may turn in an assignment one day late for a 30 point penalty. Therefore, the highest grade you can earn would be a 70%. This is also only one day late and anything over one day will not be accepted.

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