Ms. Brann- Social Studies Wells High School

Wells High School Mission Statement 
"Our mission is to empower all students through individualized instruction to become literate critical thinkers 
and problem solvers committed to civic engagement".


For daily assignments and activities please refer to the WA45 and US History and Government-Brann links on the Wells High School Social Studies website page!

 Mrs. Brann

mibrann@wocsd.org

207-646-7011 ext. 2236

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Alternative U.S. History and Government    I           

Course Description:
This course is typically taught to sophomores at Wells High School and investigates the history and government of the United States. It allows students to recognize the events, individuals, and documents that caused the United States to function the way it presently does. Students will study cultural differences, geography, as wells as political, social, and economic changes that have affected this nation. 

Assessments:
Assessments in this class will include tests, quizzes, and other research projects. Weekly participation grades will also be given.

Units:
Creating a Nation: Beginnings to 1789
European exploration and colonization
Interaction with Native Americans including those in  Maine
Early Maine Industries such as ship building and lumber.
Rebellion and The Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
The Constitutional Convention
The Bill of Rights and the ratification of the Constitution
The structure of the Constitution

The Young Republic: 1789-1850
America presidents Washington through Polk
Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny
The War of 1812
The Mexican War
Formation of political parties
The North and the South Jacksonian Democracy
Indian Removal

The Crisis of the Union: 1848-1877
Sectionalism 
Slavery
Differences of the North and South
 The Civil War
 Reconstruction


Notebook/Folder:
You will be required to organize and maintain a loose-leaf binder for this course which will remain in the classroom. It should contain the following tabbed sections: (Please let me know if you are unable to get one.)
    -Readings and Handouts
    -Class notes 
    -Assignments
    -Other?

Class Expectations:
 1.    Be Prepared: Arrive to class on time ready to participate with all needed materials.
 2.    Use appropriate language and noise levels.
 3.    Be Honest.
 4.    Most importantly, be respectful of all individuals in this class at all times.
(There are no exceptions!)

Bathroom and cafe passes will be given at my discretion. Only one student may leave at a time. No food, drinks, hats, or cell phones are allowed.


Grading:
    -In-class assignments and Current Events 35%                   
    -Assessments               50%
     - Weekly Participation 15 %
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Alternative U.S. History and Government    II   
       

Course Description:
This course is typically taught to Juniors and Seniors at Wells High School and investigates the history and government of the United States. It allows students to recognize the events, individuals, and documents that caused the United States to function the way it presently does. Students will study cultural differences, geography, as wells as political, social, and economic changes that have affected this nation. 

Assessments:
Assessments in this course include unit tests, quizzes, and other research projects will be given. Weekly participation grades will also be a part of the semester grade.

Units:
The Crisis of the Union: 1848-1877
Sectionalism 
Slavery
Differences of the North and South
The Civil War
Reconstruction

The Birth of Modern America: 1865-1890
Westward expansion
Industrialization
Urbanization
Immigration including immigrant groups in Maine
The Gilded Age
Populism

Imperialism and Progressivism: 1890-1920
United States Imperialism
The Progressives
Causes and impact of WWI at home and abroad

Boom and Bust: 1920-1941
Social, cultural, and political developments of the 1920s
 The Great Depression
 The New Deal

Global Struggles: 1931-1960
Causes and Impact of WWII
Causes and Impact of the Cold War
U.S. involvement in the Korean War

A Time of Upheaval: 1954-1980
McCarthyism 
The Great Society
The Civil Rights Movement
U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War
The Counter Culture

A Changing Society: 1968-Present


Notebook/Folder:
You will be required to organize and maintain a loose-leaf binder for this course which will remain in the classroom. It should contain the following tabbed sections: (Please let me know if you are unable to get one.)
    -Readings and Handouts
    -Class notes 
    - Assignments
    -Other?

Class Expectations:
 1.    Be Prepared: Arrive to class on time ready to participate with all needed materials.
 2.    Use appropriate language and noise levels.
 3.    Be Honest.
 4.    Most importantly, be respectful of all individuals in this class at all times.
(There are no exceptions!)

-Cafe and bathroom passes are at my discretion. Only one student may leave at a time. No food, drinks, hats, or cell phones are allowed. 


Grading:
 -In-class assignments and Current     35%
    Events                             
 -Assessments                         50%
- Participation         15%

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U.S. History and Government     
         

Course Description:
This course is typically taught to Juniors at Wells High School and investigates the history and government of the United States. It allows students to recognize the events, individuals, and documents that caused the United States to function the way it presently does. Students will study cultural differences, geography, as wells as political, social, and economic changes that have affected this nation. 

Assessments:
Assessments in this course include unit tests, quizzes, research papers and writing assignments, socratic seminars, and projects. 

Units:
Creating a Nation: Beginnings to 1789
European exploration and colonization
Interaction with Native Americans including those in  Maine
Early Maine Industries such as ship building and lumber.
Rebellion and The Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
The Constitutional Convention
The Bill of Rights and the ratification of the Constitution
The structure of the Constitution

The Young Republic: 1789-1850
America presidents Washington through Polk
Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny
The War of 1812
The Mexican War
Formation of political parties
The North and the South
Jacksonian Democracy
Indian Removal

The Crisis of the Union: 1848-1877
Sectionalism 
Slavery
Differences of the North and South
The Civil War
Reconstruction

The Birth of Modern America: 1865-1890
Westward expansion
Industrialization
Urbanization
Immigration including immigrant groups in Maine
The Gilded Age
Populism

Imperialism and Progressivism: 1890-1920
United States Imperialism
The Progressives
Causes and impact of WWI at home and abroad

Boom and Bust: 1920-1941
Social, cultural, and political developments of the 1920s
The Great Depression
The New Deal

Global Struggles: 1931-1960
Causes and Impact of WWII
Causes and Impact of the Cold War
U.S. involvement in the Korean War

A Time of Upheaval: 1954-1980
McCarthyism 
The Great Society
The Civil Rights Movement
U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War
The Counter Culture

A Changing Society: 1968-Present



Notebook:
You will be required to organize and maintain a loose-leaf binder for this course. It should contain the following tabbed sections:
    -Readings and Handouts
    -Class notes and Homework
    -Extended Assignments
    -Other?

Class Expectations:
 1.    Be Prepared: Arrive to class on time ready to participate with all needed materials.
 2.    Use appropriate language and noise levels.
 3.    Be Honest.
 4.    Most importantly, be respectful of all individuals in this class at all times.
(There are no exceptions!)

Cafe and bathroom passes are at my discretion. Only one student may leave at a time. No food, drinks, hats, or cell phones are allowed. 

Late Work Policy:
Any absence will require you to make up any in-class or homework assignments you have missed. It is your responsibility to see me before or immediately after a missed class for missed work. Make up of assignments due to legal absences will follow the school policy on absences (refer to student handbook).

Work handed in late will only be accepted on the next class day and 10 points will be deducted from the overall grade of the assignment to 70%. A note from your parent or guardian must accompany any late work explaining the reason for the assignment’s delay.

Grading:
    -In-class assignments and Current Events   20%                  
    -Homework                 30%            
    -Assessments               50%


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