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Course Description The purpose of American Studies is to provide students with the opportunity to understand the complex social, political, economic, technological, and intellectual evolution of the United States within the second half of the 20th Century to current day. Appropriate concepts and skills will be developed in connection with the content.
Specific content to be covered will include, but not be limited to, analysis of the war effort on the home front in World War II; aftermath of the war and beginning of the Cold War; consumerism and the baby boom generation; rise of civil rights issues for minorities, women, and LGBT groups; popularity of music and its general impact and reflection of society; the Vietnam War, counterculture, and protest culture of the 1960s and 1970s; consequences of “free love” of the 1970s, including the AIDS epidemic and the “war on drugs”; foreign policy towards USSR and Warsaw Pact nations through the American perspective; the end of Cold War and the prosperous 1990s; the election of 2000 and its impact of partisan politics; the September 11th attacks and the “war on terror”; and current trends and events impacting modern-day America.
Course Standards: FLDOE Website: http://socialsciences.dadeschools.net/
Identity (ID): How has the American national identity changed over time?
Work, Exchange, and Technology (WXT): How have changes in markets, transportation, and technology affected American society?
Peopling (PEO): How have changes in migration and population patterns affected American life?
Politics and Power (POL): How have various groups sought to change the federal government’s role in American political, social, and economic life?
America in the World (WOR): How has U.S. involvement in global conflicts set the stage for domestic social changes?
Environment and Geography (ENV): How did the institutions and values between the environment and Americans shape various groups in North America?
Ideas, Beliefs, and Cultures (CUL): How have changes in moral, philosophical, and cultural values affected U.S. history?
Further Rights for Women, Minorities, LGBT citizens
A New Modern Family
Debate – Is Bipartisanship dead?
MC/Short Answer Exam
Cumulative Project - TBD
Obergefell v. Hodges
Election results of Election of 2012
Methods of Assessment Alongside quizzes and unit exams, the students will participate in various research, technological, and artistic projects in the class. As per the MDCPS Student Progression Plan, students must earn 10 points to pass an annual course, five of which must be earned in the second semester for students in grades 9-12. Grading Scale
100-90 = A Summative Assessments - Tests = 40%
89-80 = B Formative Assessments – Quizzes, Projects = 30%
79-70 = C Classwork = 20%
69-60 = D Home Learning – including USA TestPrep: 10%
59-0 = F
This year, we will be utilizing Edmodo for a lot of our communications, including discussion boards and additional handouts. If you do not have one already, create an Edmodo account at www.edmodo.com and sign up for our group. The class website will also be used for communications as well.
Every student is expected to arrive in class ready to work as soon as the bell rings. That means:
All pencils must be sharpened before class begins.
Notebooks should be ready for the day’s assignments.
All extraneous conversation should be completed.
All home learning must be turned in to Mr. Morua by the bell. MR. MORUA WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY LATE WORK. NO EXCEPTIONS.
All daily assignments must have your name, date, and period written in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Any assignment turned in without this information written will be subjected to a 10% grade reduction.
Participation is strongly encouraged. Mr. Morua will, at his discretion, call upon any student to answer a discussion question, so be prepared to answer.
During surveys and other activities, be sure to listen attentively to the instructions that Mr. Morua gives. He will only repeat the instructions once at his discretion.
All students will be allowed to have a maximum of 4 bathroom passes during the quarter. Any emergencies will be assessed on an individual basis. Bathroom passes may NOT be used:
To interrupt another instructor’s classroom.
During Mr. Morua’s instructional time (lectures, discussions)
During other classmates’ presentations
Students are expected to respect the faculty, staff, and administration of Pinecrest Prep as well as their fellow students. Any disrespect (verbally, physically, or emotionally) will not be tolerated.
Students are not allowed to have any electronic devices out during Mr. Morua’s class (cell phones, iPods/MP3 players). Having these devices out during class may result in the student surrendering it to Mr. Morua.
Neither food nor drinks will be allowed in class, including gum or candy.
All students are expected to follow the Pinecrest Preparatory Middle High Charter School Code of Conduct. (Link: http://ehandbooks.dadeschools.net/policies/90/csc_sec.pdf)
Consequences for choosing to disregard these expectations are:
First Offense: Verbal Warning
Second Offense: Parent Notification and/or Detention
Any of these consequences can be bypassed at Mr. Morua’s discretion.
Academic Dishonesty Students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Academic dishonesty is defined as an intentional act of deception in one of the following areas. Academic dishonesty is an infraction of the MDCPS Code of Student Conduct and disciplinary action will ensue.
Cheating – the use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids
Fabrication – falsification or invention of any information
Assisting – helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty
Tampering – altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents
Plagiarism – representing the words or ideas of another person as one’s own.
Turnitin.com As a condition of taking this course, all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.
Attendance Policy In case of absence, make-up assignments will be given to all students, but only the students with excused absences will receive an academic grade without penalty. The assignment will remain with a letter grade of a “Z” until absence is excused. Students are required to be on time to class and tardies to class will entail disciplinary consequences.
Recommended Materials This year, Pinecrest Prep is adopting an inclusive electronics policy for laptops and tablets. The student may choose to bring his or her laptop and/or tablet for class instruction. Mr. Morua recommends that, if the student chooses to bring his or her electronic device for class, he or she should download a free U.S. Constitution app for class. It will allow the student access to a document that will constantly be referenced in class. If the students does not have a tablet, he or she may upload a copy of the U.S. Constitution from the class website.
Parents and Students,
Please sign and return to Mr. Morua by Friday, August 28. It is a required document for student files.
Mr. Vicente R. Morua
Films which are rated “R” may be viewed during this course to reinforce content prior to the exam or as post-exam projects. By signing and checking YES you are providing permission to view the films. If you check NO, your child will not be allowed to view the program and will be provided with alternative instruction.
We the parent/guardian(s) and the student have fully read, understood, and agree to abide by these expectations. Permission for Viewing Rated “R” Films _____YES _____NO
STUDENT NAME: ___________________________ Signature____________________________
PARENT: ________________________________ Signature______________________________