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    Mr. Harrison
    Social Science
    Room 5218
    Class Schedule

    Period 1           World History 10

    Period 2           World History 10

    Period 3           American Government/Economics 12

    Period 4           Conference

    Period 5           American Government/Economics 12

    Period 6           World History 10

    Course Descriptions

    American Government is a one-semester long, obligatory class for high school graduation.  It covers part of the UC/CSU A-G entry requirement.  The curriculum stresses the U.S. Constitution, and principles of democracy, rights and obligations in American civil society especially as these topics create tensions. Relevant court decisions are discussed to underline various issues.  The three branches of government, governmental processes, and federalism are reviewed.  The development of democracy is followed and comparison is made to different political systems, current and past.  Political campaigns and the role of the media are evaluated.

    Economics is a one-semester long, obligatory class for high school graduation.  It may be used to cover part of the UC/CSU A-G entry requirement.  The curriculum stresses economic terms, concepts, and reasoning.  The U.S. market economy and its interactions with the world market via international trade are discussed.  The effects of the U.S. Government on the economy are analyzed.  Issues of labor and aggregate behavior are also considered.

    World History is a one-year long, obligatory class for high school graduation.  It covers part of the UC/CSU A-G entry requirement.  The curriculum begins with a review of the origins of US political philosophy.  Afterwards students learn about the spread of the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, WWs I&II, Totalitarianism, Nation-building, and the Economic and Technological Integration of the contemporary world.


    Class Rules and Policies

    Grading:  +90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79 -70% = C, 69-50% = D, -49% = F.  For semesters in the Spring and Summer of the 2020 all participating students received a minimum of a grade of C for each class per SAUSD policy.  This is no longer the case.  Grades for the Fall of 2020 have reverted back to teacher discretion.


    Attendance will count towards your grade.  You may lose partial or complete credit for attendance for coming late to class, leaving class early, or being inattentive during class.


    I allow for make-up and do-over tests before and after school during announced times.  Pay attention for these opportunities – they will be limited.


    Homework:  Since you are working at home, everything is “homework”.  What you can’t finish during class I expect you to finish up on your own time.  That’s “homework”.


    Textbooks:  You must acquire (typically from the CHS Library) the proper physical textbook for the class as soon as it is made available:  Government – Magruder’s American Government, Economics – Economics Principles in Action, World History 10 – World History, Culture, & Geography.  You must bring this to class every day.


    Late Work:  I will accept late work for full credit through the end of each 6 week grading period.  When the class enters a new six week grading period, the opportunity to turn in the prior grading period’s work closes, unless there are extenuating circumstances that I recognize.  A student who needs special help or has been absent should email me and ask for a meeting for before or after school to get personal attention.  Students may also get help from their friends and classmates, in order to make up missing assignments.  Please note that there is no make up for the final exam and once a final grade has been issued, I will not change it unless it can be proven that I have made a clerical error.


    Files:  I suggest that you save all assignments on your computer just in case there is a technical problem and I ask you to resubmit something.


    Office Hours:  I can meet with you by appointment between 8 AM and 9 AM, Monday through Friday.  I can also meet with you by appointment between 2:45 PM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  In addition to these times I can also meet with parents (normally not students) on my conference period (Period 4) by appointment.  I may be able to make exceptions for parents upon special request.  If you want an appointment with me, email me and I will email back a Google Meet appointment time and link.  Don’t expect an immediate turn around on your request.  It might take a day or two to set something up.


    On-Line Etiquette:  Here are some basic rules.


    During a Google Meet have your camera on.  You may lose attendance credit if I only see an avatar.  If you need to use the restroom, a blank chair for a minute or two is acceptable.  You may lose attendance credit, if you are absent from the screen for long.  As I need to take roll, please have your proper first and last name on your picture.  Also wear adequate clothes, when you appear on screen.  Sit at a table or desk as well.


    During a Google Meet have your voice on mute.  Unmute to answer questions posed to you or to read, when requested.  Be very considerate to others, if you unmute to ask a question or make a statement.  Normally, you should only unmute, when you are called upon.


    During a Google Meet lesson do not use the chat box, unless I request that you do so.  You may ask questions in the chat box, if I announce the opportunity, such as “Any questions?”


    Make sure you have a working computer, when you come to class.  Simply a phone is not going to work.  Call the school immediately to get adequate technology, if you lack it.  The camera and the sound on the computer also need to work – every day.  Your phone might be a handy tool to look up answers on Google or go to Wikipedia occasionally, but please do not play with it in class in general.  Also, I realize some of you are in noisy environments and ear buds may be an advantage.  However, if you are listening to music and can therefore not hear me when I call on you, you are likely to lose attendance credit.


    When you are working independently in class, keep the camera on.  During this time, you may ask me questions in the chat box, if you think I might be able answer quickly.  I might not answer, due to time or other considerations.  Write me an email, if it is important.


    The on-line situation is still evolving.  I may change these basic rules or add to them as needed.  Stay aware and flexible.


    Discipline:  Everybody makes mistakes.  If you are overly rude or disruptive, I may ask you to attend a Google Meet after school for a little chat.  Please show.  It is not likely to be a big deal.  Avoiding me is a big deal.


    Mistakes:  There are bound to be bureaucratic or clerical errors.  You will make some, so will I.  Stay calm, we can fix most of them.  Let me know during appropriate classroom time or via email, if you think something is amiss.  Be patient.  We’ll get to it.