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U. S. History from discovery until the closing of the American Frontier

Unit 1-The Global Heritage of the American People Prior to 1500
• History and the Social Sciences: The Study of People
• Geographic Factors Influence Culture
• Iroquoian and Algonquin Civilizations on the Atlantic Coast of North America
• European Conceptions of the World in 1500
Unit 2-European Exploration and Colonization of the Americas
• European Exploration and Settlement
• Colonial Settlement: Geographic, Political and Economic Factors
• Life in Colonial Communities
Unit 3-A Nation is Created
• Background and Causes of the American Revolution
• The Shift from Protest to Separation
• Early Attempts to Govern the Newly Independent States
• Military and Political Aspects of the Revolution
• Economic, Political and Social Changes Brought About by the American Revolution
Unit 4-Experiments in Government
• The Articles of Confederation and the Critical Period
• The New York State Constitution of 1777
• The Writing, Structure and Adoption of the United States Constitution
Unit 5-Life in the New Nation
• New Government in Operation
• The Age of Jackson
• The Age of Homespun: 1790-1860's
Unit 6-Division and Reunion
• Underlying Causes of the Civil War
• The Civil War Breaks Out
• Results of the Civil War

The seventh grade United States history course deals with the study of history from Native Americans until the Civil War and Reconstruction. The study of geography is incorporated with the chronological units of study, as well as social history, economic and law-related issues.
1. Grading - quarter and final averages are based on the following categories:
a. tests / projects
b. homework
c. quizzes
d. class participation
e. research reports
f. oral presentations
g. group works
h. other means of assessment

2. Student Expectations - students are expected to bring to class each day:
a. an organized notebook with dividers, two pens and two pencils.
b. homework assignments carefully done with a heading including the full name, subject and date.
c. an assignment pad or plan book.

3. Attendance and Punctuality
a. All students are to select a class "buddy" to contact for homework assignments and notes when they are absent.
b. All students are expected to arrive to class on time.
c. Unexcused lateness to class will be reflected in the attitude grade on the report card.

4. Make-up Tests
a. Make up work will be allowed for excused absences only. The time of make-ups will be arranged on an individual basis between student and teacher. However, if a student is absent only on the day of the test, s/he should be prepared to take the test on the day s/he returns to school.

5. Quizzes and Exams
a. Quizzes are short tests that may be announced or unannounced. Quizzes generally deal with current school work.
b. Exams are generally a full period in length and are announced.
c. Final exams will be weighted as 1/9 of the final average. Student study guides are provided. Final exams cover broader scope of the course content and are cumulative.

6. Textbook: The American Nation

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