US History II

U.S. History II
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Teacher: Mr. Emus
Room: 204 
Phone: (508) 634-2217 ext. 5654
Class Overview
Welcome to U.S. History II!  In this course students will analyze the path that the United States has taken to become one of the world's most influential and dominant countries.  Students will use a variety of primary and secondary source materials in order to study the history of the United States beginning with the country's division during the Civil War and concluding with its status as a world power in the late twentieth century.  Significant time will be spent exploring the rise of U.S. imperialism and the country's role in several major international conflicts (World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War, and the Cold War), as well as the domestic reforms, policies, people, and events that have shaped the lives of ordinary Americans throughout history.       
In addition to studying the aforementioned curriculum, students will also gain experience practicing crucial skills that will help them succeed in all school subjects, as well as in their educational pursuits after high school.  Most importantly, students will develop the skills to identify and explain cause and effect relationships, to establish connections between the past and the present, to identify and interpret the context in which an event occurs, and to distinguish between fact and fiction, most notably in our examination of war-time propaganda.  Furthermore, our focus on collaborative work will help students develop the interpersonal skills needed to succeed in all facets of their lives.  Ultimately, my goal is to foster a love for the subject of history while also promoting the development of skills that transcend the walls of Hopedale so that every student has the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential in life. 
Realizing that every student learns in a multitude of ways, I am committed to presenting the material and assessing students' understanding of the content in a variety of formats so that no student's strengths (or weaknesses) are neglected.  This focus on multiple intelligences is represented in our focus on primary sources since these first-hand historical accounts often take the form of film, song, poetry, essays, photographs, artwork, etc.  As a result, every student, whether they are an auditory, visual, or verbal learner, has the opportunity to succeed in this course while also working on those learning styles that may need improvement. 
Grade Set-Up 
Class Participation15%                                  
Class Work15%
Quizzes 25% 
Tests/Projects 30% 
Homework will be given 2-3 times per week (C.P.) or 3-4 times per week (Honors) in order to reinforce and supplement the material that we examine in class.  Each homework assignment is worth a total of 5 points and each day that a homework assignment is handed in late results in a 1 point deduction (2 point deduction for Honors students).  For example, if a homework assignment is passed in 2 days late, then the highest score a student can earn for that assignment will be 3 points (2 points deducted for being 2 days late).  Students will be granted extra time to complete assignments because of excused absences or extenuating circumstances that have been discussed with myself or another member of the Hopedale staff. 

Make-Up Work

Students will be granted extra time to complete assignments because of excused absences or extenuating circumstances that have been discussed with me or another member of the Hopedale staff.  As stated in the student handbook, it is the responsibility of the student to see me and to make arrangements to make up any work missed during an absence.  Work must be made up within the number of days absent plus one (i.e., two days absence requires make-up within three days of the student’s return to school).   

Classroom Materials
Students will be expected to come to class each day with a textbook, notebook, folder (with previous class handouts/assignments), pen/pencil, and any homework or assignments that are due that day.  

Late Policy

Students must report to class before the final bell rings.  Any student who arrives after the bell without a pass will have to stay for a teacher detention.  If the student does not show up for the teacher detention then he or she will be referred for an office detention. 


Cell Phone Policy

Any use of cell phones or other electronic devices, unless authorized by me for research purposes, is strictly prohibited in my classroom.  The unauthorized use of electronic devices will result in detention and/or confiscation.  If your phone or electronic device is confiscated by me, then you must wait until the end of the school day before you can pick it up. 

Classroom Behavior

All of the general behavioral guidelines outlined in the student handbook apply to my classroom.    Since we will be engaging in several discussions throughout the year, it is extremely important that respect be shown to your classmates.  We will not be able to have productive discussions if students are afraid to volunteer their opinion out of fear that they will be ridiculed.  It is perfectly fine to disagree with your peers, but you must always do so in a respectful and conscientious manner.  Different opinions and perspectives are what make discussions worthwhile and beneficial, so I will not tolerate anyone belittling the viewpoints of others.  



It is very important that we learn to properly cite other people’s works and ideas.  Using another’s words or ideas as your own is considered intellectual theft and carries severe consequences.  Therefore, we will make every effort to learn and apply the proper procedure for citing another’s work.  If these procedures are not followed, however, your assignment will be graded as a zero without any opportunity to make it up.