Regents U.S. History & Government
Many people view history merely as a set of dates and facts to be memorized, but history is much more than that. History is an organic and ever-changing discipline, periodically discovering new evidence and revising old commonly held beliefs. It’s not enough to learn history itself; one must learn from history the true essence of the human experience. This course is designed with that purpose in mind.
The ultimate goal of this course is preparation for the New York State Regents U.S. History and Government Exam in the spring. Through this course, students will be provided with practical knowledge of U.S. history and government, practice in critical thinking and literacy skills, and experience in effective writing techniques that will better prepare them for not only the Regents Exam but also their future education. This course is divided into periods of time and emphasizes themes throughout American history. These themes include the American identity, economic evolution, social change, and foreign policy. This will be a highly structured class that assists students in mastering the content and preparing to successfully complete the Regents Exam. Hard work and dedication will be essential to success.
Students will be able to:
Demonstrate a mastery of a broad body of historical knowledge
Use historical evidence to defend and support basic arguments and positions
Differentiate between various social and political movements in America
Interpret and draw conclusions from various pieces of historical data including original documents, cartoons, graphs, etc.
Demonstrate an effective use of analytical skills of evaluation, cause-and-effect relationships, and compare and contrast
Work effectively in groups to produce products, make presentations, and solve problems
Prepare for and receive a passing score on the New York State Regents U.S. History
What are some things I can do to help myself succeed?
1. BE POSITIVE and have a positive attitude in class. If you try, you will succeed.
2. BE RESPECTFUL of yourself and others, value diversity of thoughts, beliefs, and opinions.
3. BE PREPARED by reading your materials and completing all assignments on time. I can’t help you learn if you won’t help me teach.
4. BE HONEST by talking with Miss Gallo about improving. I am here to help you do your personal best.
5. BE RESOURCEFUL There may be something to help you understand the material better. You just have to look.
6. NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES If Miss Gallo sees a cell phone or iPod out, district policies will be followed (Please see agenda for the district policies).