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Deborah Westfall

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U. S. HISTORY AND U. S. GOVERNMENT

 

Resources:

  • U. S. History Textbook: The Americans, United States since 1877, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
  • U. S. Government Textbook: United States Government, Principles in Practice, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
  • Various Internet resources and maps/atlases

 

A classroom set of textbooks will be available for students while they are in my classroom. Students will have online access to the textbook for use when outside the classroom.  Arrangements can be made if a student needs to check out a textbook. If a student checks out a textbook, that student will be responsible for the care and safety of that textbook. Any damage to the textbook will result in a fine to cover the cost of the damage.  

 

Student Expectations:

  • Students will demonstrate respect for themselves, their classmates, their teacher, the physical environment of the classroom and the various topics and viewpoints we consider.

  • Students will give their attention to whoever “has the floor,” be it a teacher or another student.

  • Students will come to class on time, with all necessary supplies, having completed all assignments and be prepared to actively participate in class.

  • Students will take responsibility for themselves and their learning.


Teaching Philosophy:

Grades are earned by students, and not given by teachers.  I will give you everything you need in order to be successful.  Ultimately, it will be your choice as to whether or not you wish to succeed.


Instructional Methods:

I will strive to meet a variety of student learning styles.  To accomplish this, we will use critical thinking skills to explain and apply different methods to interpret the history, culture and environmental challenges around the world. Some of the teaching strategies may include:

Discussions   Group activities             Examine primary documents  

Research       Content videos              Interpret political cartoons  

Projects         Historical simulations   Analyze maps, graphs & charts

 

Evaluation/Assessment:

Student learning will be assessed in a variety of ways, including writing assignments, presentations, homework, class participation, projects, tests, quizzes, etc.

Unit assessments will be given upon completion of each unit of study. These assessments may include multiple choice questions, open ended items, interpretation of maps, charts/graphs or other graphics.

Deborah Westfall

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Contact Deborah Westfall

Classroom Number:
111
School Phone:
903-884-2293
Conference Time:
1:58 pm - 2:43 pm