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College Prep US History  

This course examines how the United States became a modern nation, tracing its development from the post-Civil War period to the present. The course and its subject matter are designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to think both analytically and critically about the nation’s history as well as its current policies and problems.

Being a college-prep course, this class involves not only a significant amount of lecture and discussion but also a substantial amount of reading. To be successful in the class, students will need to be meaningfully involved in all three activities.

Please note: There is a state-mandated End of Course Exam in this class, which constitutes one-quarter of the student’s grade.

Note-Taking Tips  

As one of my expectations is for each and every student to be involved and actively engaged in the material, and because taking good notes is one way to accomplish that [as well as to be prepared for any quizzes or exams that may come along], it only seems fair for me to endorse a particularly effective note-taking system.

The note-taking system that I would recommend using [though it is by no means mandatory that you use it - so long as each and every student takes notes that are useful and meaningful when used for review, the sort of note-taking style you have is of little consequence] is the Cornell Note-Taking System, so named after the system that an education professor at the prestigious university developed way back in the 1950s. There actually have been studies performed that show that this particular note-taking system is especially useful when asked to synthesize information and apply that knowledge, not just for basic recall. Since history is, in part, a nearly never-ending process of asking "Why?," it would seem to me that this method is worth a try.

Click the link below to find out how it works.


And no, I'm not a paid spokesperson for Cornell University or Walter Pauk's esteemed note-taking system.


In re: Interim Reports distributed on 22 April 2014

To: Parents of and students enrolled in either my US History or Street Law class

The interim reports that were distributed are representative of grades that are incomplete, especially for students currently enrolled in US History. An up-to-date report will be sent home with students later this week.


Hunter Paris