Course Outline

The history and citizenship education program has two goals:

  • to help students develop their understanding of the present in the light of the past.

  • to prepare students to participate as informed citizens in a democratic, pluralistic society.

At the core of the program is the acquisition of knowledge through the development of the subject specific competencies: examines from a historical perspective, interprets using the historical perspective and strengthens the exercise of citizenship through the study of history. 

We will continue building from grade nine, examining 1840 to Present-Day.

Topics of study include:
    •    Population - factors affecting population and settlement.
    •    Economy and Development - effects on territory and society.
    •    Culture and Currents of Thought - Ideology and Cultural Expression
    •    Power and Countervailing Power - Groups in Control and those opposed.
 
History Program Information can be found here: QEP History and Citizenship


Submission of Assignments

Students are able to submit assignments in hard-copy, or digitally. All assignments, regardless of their size (homework, mini-class assignment, major term project) must include all of the following information when being submitted. Digital assignments can be submitted via email, Dropbox, Google Drive, or any other electronic means. Please do not use Microsoft OneDrive or SkyDrive.

  • Name.

  • Date.

  • Assignment Name

  • Title.

  • Assignments must be double-spaced, 11-12 font, Calibri/Times New Roman/Helvietica font style.

  • Use of an appropriate email address is appreciated.

Failure to include this information may result in a mark of 0.

As the school year progresses we will be incorporating Google Apps for Education into our class, as well as Gmail. Students will be assigned a Gmail account that will be used solely for school.


Evaluation                                                                                                      

Evaluation is used to determine the knowledge acquired, understood, applied and used thoroughly.  Also, students are evaluated in order to promote learning – feedback on their approach, methods and work. 

Students will be evaluated based on the following evaluation criteria: proficiency of subject-specific knowledge, appropriate use of knowledge, rigour of historical reasoning, and the expression of a well-founded opinion.  Evaluation tools will include tests, projects and assignments.

Meeting deadlines is important. Late assignments will only be accepted one school day after the due date at a penalty of 10%. For incomplete work after the one day penalty students will be assigned a Wednesday detention to complete work. Work will be marked on a pass/fail basis. If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to find out what, if any work was missed and to catch up. Students are required to see the teacher for missed work on the next school day.

History and Citizenship 404: Mark Breakdown 2018-2019

Tests…………………………………………………………………………………..…………..50%

Notebook………………….………………………………………………………………..…….10%

Assignments………………………………………………………………………………..……40%

 

Tests in history will evaluate both knowledge and the ability to perform historical thinking skills such as: identifying elements of continuity and change, chronology, cause and consequence, making causal
connections, synthesizing the evolution of society and essay writing.


The Flipped Classroom

The approach we will be using this year is called the “flipped” classroom. The basic concept behind a flipped classroom is that what was traditionally done in the classroom becomes homework and what was traditionally done at home (homework) is done in the classroom.

The direct instruction or lecture portion of the class will become the homework. This will primarily be in the form of watching short videos that have been produced by the history department.  Students could also be asked to read sections from the textbook or other resource material. After students watch the video or read the text, they will take notes on the content, form questions and summarize their learning.  When students come to class the next day we will briefly discuss what they learnt in the videos and review the questions they had. The rest of the class time will be used for working with historical documents and artifacts, practicing their historical thinking skills, and doing activities intended to enrich the curriculum.


Performance Expectations

It is critical students complete the required work (taking notes from the videos or readings) at home in order to be successful in the course. Failure to do so will mean that students are not prepared for that days’ lesson. An inability to access technology at home will not prevent a student from being successful.

I will not accept work that is messy or done in a haphazard way.  Take pride in the work that you do and strive for excellence.  The formation of good work and study habits will not only help you now but will pay off down the road as well. 

Class Rules

I expect students to be on time and bring all materials in order to work.  Students should eat and go to the washroom before class to minimize disruptions.  Everyone’s ideas and opinions are valued and students should be respectful of others at all times.

Typical Class

  • Homework/Classwork check at beginning of class.

  • Review notes 5-7 minutes.

  • Questions/themes from previous day.

  • New content lesson.

  • Classwork.

  • About every fourth class there will be a full-class assignment, to be completed in class.