St. Therese Catholic School
7th Grade American History Class
Dear Parents and Student,
I would like to welcome you to seventh grade American History. I thank you for the opportunity to teach your child at St. Therese. There is nothing in the world that I would rather do than to teach American History to students. I understand the necessity of a quality education, therefore, I pledge to come to class prepared at all time for each lesson, maintain a contagious enthusiasm, and provide a safe and challenging environment. I am really excited for this school year, and please, if you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.
This course is designed to examine the period in American History from the Pre-Columbus period through 1865. Great emphasis will be placed on the development of the United States Constitution and the rights and responsibilities we have under the blessings of liberty.
- Reading: Your child should be reading every reading. . Reading is the most important on-going assignment for the year. We will not use a textbook, but rather we will use the Hippocampus.org text found online. There will be reading questions for every reading assignment.
- Writing: Students will be required to write an essay for assigned topics during the year.
- Oral Reports: Students will be required to give an oral presentation on assigned topics during the year.
- Films: We will watch several films during the year to supplement and enrich our study on American History. Every film will have a set of film questions. Any time a student is absent, the film can be watched on utube to get the answers to the questions.
- Pre-Test Questions: Every question that a student answers at school and at home is a possible test question. Students should study these questions prior to the exam.
- Tests: About every other week, a test will be given. Students are allowed to use their pre-test and text on every test.
- Extra Credit: Students are strongly encouraged to complete some or all the extra credit projects that will be assigned during the year.
- Finals: Every student will take a comprehensive “pass or fail” final at the end of the year.
- Treat everyone with consideration and respect at all times.
- Be responsible and courteous.
- Do not interfere with another person’s right to a safe and quality education.
- Do not talk out of turn or when the teacher is talking.
- No name-calling or put-downs.
- Practice kindness.
- Don’t spread gossip or rumors about others.
- Always remember, “Humor never hurts anyone.”
- Practice “good manners.”
- Be helpful to each other and to adults.
- Be nice. Remember, “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.”
- No gum, pop, or food in the classroom.
- Be responsible. Turn in work on time. Read all assigned reading, study for all tests and show grade checks to your parents.
- When the bell rings, students need to be in their seat.
- Take pride in your work. You can do a great job if you believe in yourself.
- Have fun while learning.
Thank you for the opportunity to be your teacher,
7th Grade American History Teacher
St. Therese Catholic School