Class Syllabus

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Conference time: 10:10 to 10:50 by appointment only.

The following Social Studies objectives for American History will be covered during the 2017-1018 school year.

Citizenship - Our national identity and participation in the democratic process; leadership in a constitutional republic and the fundamental rights of American citizens as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Culture – Understand the contributions of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to the United States

Economics - Understand basic economic concepts.

Geography - Use basic geographic tools and concepts and how geographic factors that influence people’s lives.

Government - understands the major concepts of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

History - Understands the effects of the European colonization, conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain, and changes that occurred in the United States.

Social Studies Skills - Use problem-solving and decision-making skills, while working independently or with others, in a variety of situations.


Textbook – My World Social Studies; Building Our Nation – Until further notice this book is to stay at home and will be used for homework reading only.  Homework will be listed on the classroom board on a daily bases.

Daily Classroom Materials: Students will bring a pencil, Social Studies Journal and Daily Planner to class.

Grading Policy: Late work will be accepted with a 10 point deduction per day late up to three school days.  After three school days, late work is not accepted.

Testing Policy: There will be a minimum of two tests given each six-week period.  Tests will be announced will in advance in class.  Quizzes or Pop Tests are not actual tests and will only count as a daily grade.  Any student who scores below 70% may request a retest.

Project: Every six-week period each student will have a project to complete.  The project bounds will vary from six-weeks to six-weeks.  Information on projects will be posted on my Website.

Tutorials: Tutorial studies are offered Tuesday through Thursday before and after school by appointment.


Class Expectations

Students will be respectful to all others in the classroom.
Students will be prepared for class with appropriate supplies.
Students will not bring backpacks to class.
Personal electronics will not be out during class without permission.



Verbal warning
Parent Contact
Referralour paragraph here.


12/11/17 War of 1812 

12/12/17 Roads, Railroads and Canals

12/13/17 Texas History

12/14/17 Test over Chapter 8


12/15/17 Going West 

Welcome to 5th Grade American History! ​

 2nd Six-week Project

Due December 18, 2017

For this six-week project the student has two choices:

Choice #1 is a research paper over a historic figure from past from the first people to set foot on the American soil through the Revolutionary War.


Outstanding Work                        Good work                              Needs Improvement

3 pages typed                           2 pages typed                              1 page hand written

single spaced                            double spaced                            Spacing not uniform   
12 or 14 font                              12 or 14 font                                         N/A 

Well written no                           Well written few                                Numerous 
misspelled words                       misspelled words                          misspelled words

Well-arranged                            Meaningful                                    Hard to understad
and meaningful

Immaculate paper                      Neat paper                                       Messy paper

Choice #2  A fake Facebook Account on Paper (not actual) for a historic figure from early Native Americans through the Civil War.   Work based on historical fact and writing to express (bring out) the personal feelings and emotions of the historical facts as the student understands.     


           Outstanding                               Good Work                        Needs Improvement     

  Profile Picture                                 Profile Picture                       No Profile Picture

  Cover Picture                                 Cover Picture                         No Cover Picture

  5-6 Friend Pictures                    3-4 Friend Pictures                    1-2 Friend Pictures

  20 timeline pictures or                15 timeline pictures or             10 timeline pictures or

 10 drawings                                    7 timeline drawings                  5 timeline drawings

20 messages                                   15 messages                             10 messages

related to pictures                         related to pictures                    related to pictures



American History

     Mr.Jowell Peden .

W. B. Travis Social Studies
5th grade American History

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