and the Contemporary World
to America and the Contemporary World. This course will examine the
history of the United States from the end of World War II to the present.
Students will learn contemporary issues from both a global and domestic
perspectives, closely examining the interaction of politics, economics,
geography, and history.
class will be organized as follows:
One: Quarter one and two
Communism and Capitalism, Democracy and Authoritarianism
The emergence of the Cold War
Presidential power, the affluence of the 1950s, the second Red Scare
The Communist Revolution in China
The Korean Conflict
Communist Revolution in Cuba
The anti-war movement
Reagan and the fall of the Soviet Union
Two: Quarter one
Emmett Till and the Jim Crow South
The African-American Civil Rights Movement and the 14th
The Feminist, Hispanic, and Gay Rights movements
Two: Quarter two
The United Nations
of the emphasis on demonstrated performance, cooperative/ collaborative
learning and the block schedule; regular attendance is essential.
There is often no substitute for class work and group process. Meaningful
participation in class is often dependent on students having completed their
homework. Therefore, students will
be held accountable for homework assignments.
work (for excused absences)
assignment made prior to a studentís excused absence is due on the day of
their return to class.
must be made up within a week of the studentís return during a time agreed
upon with the teacher.
given during an excused absence are usually due one class day for every class
day of absence after the studentís return. So a student missing three periods
will have four class periods to submit make-up work (three periods plus the day
of their initial return). Students who need more time should speak to Mr.
Koepping as soon as they return from the absence.
work (for unexcused absences)
that are not taken and assignments that are not turned in because of unexcused
absences will not be accepted upon the studentís return. Students will receive
a zero for those assignments and those tests.
account the vagaries of high school life, Mr. Koepping will accept work one
calendar day late for full credit. If an assignment were due on Monday, he would
accept it on Tuesday (but not Wednesday morning) for full credit.
This is not true for the decision homework in America and the Contemporary
World or Advanced Constitutional Law assignments. Those assignments will only be
accepted on the day they are due.
will lose 10 percent of the value of an assignment for each additional calendar
day (excluding weekends) the work is late. For example an assignment that is due
on a Monday that is turned in on Wednesday will be worth a maximum of 90 percent
of the points possible, on Thursday that would fall to 80 percent, on Friday it
would be worth a maximum of 70 percent. Work that is more than three calendar
days late (excluding weekends) will not be accepted.
makeup tests will also not be accepted after a quarter or semester is completed.
A quarter or semester is considered complete when the students have attended the
final class of that grading period.
grading system is based on a point system.
A student will be graded on a percentage of total points assigned.
A = 90% - 100% of total points
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F = Below 60%
be earned in the following ways: quarter projects, group tasks, class
participation, assignments, quizzes, and exams.
grade for each student will be determined by a combined point total from both
It is the
teacherís responsibility to accurately and fairly assess each studentís work
and progress. Any misrepresentation
of your or another studentís work is not acceptable. If you are working with someone on an assignment make sure
your thoughts and words are your own and that you donít turn in work that is
identical. No credit will be given
for work found to be in violation of this rule.
Refer to school policy on academic integrity. If a violation has occurred, your teacher will write a
referral, parents will be notified and a record placed in the studentís
Requirements and Considerations
required to bring their textbook(s), notebook, writing paper and a writing
utensil to class every day.
drinks are not permitted in the classroom.
expected to exhibit courteous respectful behavior to the teacher and each other.
Please be especially alert to times when the teacher needs the classís
attention or when students are addressing the class.