Listed below are skills that the history department at the high school wants all incoming freshmen to possess and that I will be asking your student to successfully demonstrate throughout the year. I have bolded the items that I added for developmental purposes.
handing assignments in on time and as directed
maintaining a three ring binder
using models given in class to complete independent assignments
using class discussion and notes to complete homework
Paragraph Structure – working towards 5 paragraph essays
vary sentence structure and verb choice
strong word choice
topic sentence, body, conclusion
use specific examples from text, discussions, history or current events
reading for the main idea
finding supporting details
skimming and scanning
summarizing and paraphrasing
recognize text structure and use an appropriate reading strategy
compare and contrast
cause and effect
What is government
Why do we need government?
What is a republican government?
What is a constitutional government?
How is the United States Government Organized?
How can governments be organized to prevent the abuse of power?
How was the Constitution used to establish the United States Government?
How do historical events influence development, interpretation and expansion of the Constitution?
National and Regional Growth
War of 1812
Early Industrial Revolution – U.S.
Nationalism and Sectionalism
Role of the Common Man
Conflicts over States' Rights
Causes and Effects of the Civil War
Immigration/ Eugenics Movement
Causes and Effects of WWI
Causes and Effect of WWII
Topics listed may or may not be covered in a given year because of changes in time available due to state testing or students needing more time in a particular topic.