Course Syllabus: Government/Oklahoma History
Oktaha High School
Coach Darian Dickson
Mission Statement: My goal is for everyone in class to gain a better understanding of the social, cultural, and political changes throughout the history of Oklahoma. The course will cover topics such as the migration of the early tribes to North America, the concepts of manifest destiny, assimilation & acculturation, the Louisiana Purchase, President Jackson’s influence on the passing of the Indian Removal Act, development of the Five Civilized Tribes, Civil War, Dawes Act, Organic Act, Curtis Act, Oklahoma Enabling Act, early land runs, the entrance into the union as a young and extremely culturally diverse state, Tulsa Race Riot, and the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma.
Class Rules and Keys to Success:
1. Do your best at all times.
2. Use your imagination and creativity when doing your assignments.
3. Come to class with a positive attitude.
4. It is good to ask questions.
5. Be respectful of the teacher and classmates at all times.
6. Do your homework! Projects will not be accepted late and you have three days to make up any missed work due to absences. Late work will be marked down. Missed and late work will bring your average down horribly.
7. Come to class on time with all necessary materials, as you will not be allowed to go back to your locker.
8. Keep your work area neat by picking up after yourself at the end of the class.
9. Ask for help when you need it. I am not a mind reader.
10.Respect yourself and your ability by setting high goals and working
towards those goals.
1.Paper, notebook, pen or pencil. Do not show up without these items.
2.Three ring binder or folder.
3.A positive attitude.
Textbook: Oklahoma History/ Government
Note: This course will be presented by the following methods.
1.Instructor lecture and student notes
2.Instructor and class discussion.
3.Reading and written assignments.
Assignments will be given to students on a regular basis. These assignments will give each student practice on the concepts presented in class. All assignments are to be turned in on the day it is due.
Students will be given special project to accomplish through out the year; some work can be accomplished in groups other projects will be completed on an individual basis. Projects may include, but are not limited to:
3.Posters and other visual aids
5.Resumes of historical figures
C.Examinations and Quizzes
Each student will be given written examinations, all of equal weight. A final examination will also be given. In addition to examinations, each student shall be given periodic pop quizzes.
All students are expected to be in class on time. Students must be in class in order to get the maximum benefit from the course. If students miss class they will miss important information and assignments.Expectations: Students this class expects you to bring a mature audience as well as open mindedness toward the subject. History by nature can be very dull if we allow it to be. Students will be engaging so they can indulge and exhilarate their minds to bring about an elaborate classroom atmosphere that is conducive to learning and interesting.
Grading: Quarter and semester grades are determined from the total points possible at the end of each grading period.
1. Homework assignments (18-25) – 10 pts.
2. Internet Activities (3-5) – 10pts
3. Notebook checks (4) – 10pts/25 pts.
4. Tests (4-5) – 50 - 60 pts. (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-18 will be on the final . If you choose to exempt the final be prepare to take a 13-18 evaluation.)
5. Project (3) – 50/100 pts. (atlatl, poster, and game project)
6. Final – 100 pts.
7. Extra Credit – ( good work
Paper Labeling Format: Papers shall be labeled in the following format. In the upper right hand corner you should include:
Hour and Subject
Absentee Policy: It is the students’ responsibility to find out what he or she missed during their absence. It is recommended that students who have been absent come in before or after school for help with what they missed.
*See the student handbook for further information on Oktaha Public School attendance policy and procedures.
Dear Parent and/or Guardian,
This is a new and exciting year here at Oktaha High School. I am looking forward to working with your student this coming year. I have provided each student with a syllabus for the coming year. Please discuss the course with your student and sign the statement below along with your student’s signature. Each student will receive homework credit for having his or her parents read and sign this syllabus. As a parent of two children myself I know how important it is to have an open line of communication between parents and teachers. If you like your students progress emailed to you if I feel there is a need please leave an email address in the space provide below. Please feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Coach Darian Dickson
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