COMMITMENT HONOR SUCCESS
Science • Technology • Engineering • Art • MathMr. HarrisonSocial Science
Class SchedulePeriod 1 ConferencePeriod 2 American Government/Economics 12Period 3 American Government/Economics 12Period 4 American Government/Economics 12
Period 5 U.S. History and Geography 11Period 6 WASC
Course DescriptionsAmerican 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.U.S. 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 American democracy, colonial/revolutionary America, the American Civil War, and Reconstruction. Afterwards students learn about the Industrial Revolution, 19th/20th century immigration, the Progressive Era, U.S. imperialism, WW I, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression & New Deal, WW II, the Cold War/post-war society, the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary issues of the United States.Class Rules and PoliciesGrading: +90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79-70% = C, 69-50% = D, -49% = F. Half of the class grade comes from exams. The other half comes from class work and homework. I allow for make-up and do-over tests before and after school on designated days.
Homework: I give a small amount of homework during the week. It is often possible to finish before the end of the school day. I grade homework and class work on a credit/no credit basis. Students should concentrate on making a good effort and paying attention in class.
Late Work: I will accept late work for full credit. A student who needs special help or who has been absent should come 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.Files: I keep all student work in personalized files in my classroom. If you are curious to see your student’s work, please come view it. I would be more than happy to discuss what they are doing and have done in class.
Office Hours: I am in my classroom almost always by 7:15 AM and usually earlier. I stay until at least 3:30 PM and will stay later, if I am working with students or a parent requests a meeting. I am also available during my conference period. If you want a guarantee of meeting with me, however, call and make an appointment.Discipline: Most importantly, your child should be polite to me and the students in the class. I use progressive discipline for tardies and student misbehavior in the classroom. Occasionally, I ask a student to come after school for a short 5-10 minute detention. Failure to come after school will result in a referral for insubordination.