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HS Mississippi Studies, v2

0.5 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Curt Minton

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Instructor Information:

My name is Curt Minton. I am a teacher at Oxford Middle School. For the past 8 years, I have taught sixth grade English but will begin teaching seventh and eighth grade Social Studies (ancient World History and U.S. History from colonization through the beginnings of Reconstruction, respectively).

I graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in Political Science. I am lifelong resident of Oxford, and I am married to a seventh grade science teacher. We have three cats and two dogs at home.

In my spare time, I love to read, watch movies, and play golf and video games (huge fan of the Uncharted series). If I wasn't a teacher, I would love to have my own show on the Food Network.

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138
E-mail: UMHS@olemiss.edu

Course Description:

Mississippi Studies is a course designed to foster appreciation for the state and its culture. The content will include the geographic, historic, economic, political, and social events that have contributed to the stateís development. This course will trace Mississippiís transition from agriculture to industry and its effort to expand participation in the political process. The course will include the study of the diverse contributions of the citizens of the state.

TEXTBOOK

Required Textbook:

A Place Called Mississippi. David G. Sansing, PhD.

ISBN#: 9781567332445 or 1567332447 Copyright © 2013 by Clairmont Press, Inc.

NOTE: this text is only available through school offices. Contact the UMHS office to buy or rent the book. Each purchase comes with free access to the online textbook.

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives include (but are not limited to):

This course follows the Mississippi Department of Education Curriculum Framework for Social Studies. After completing this course, you will:

  1. Understand how geography, history, and politics have influenced the development of Mississippi.
  2. Understand the major responsibilities of state and local government and how they are executed.
  3. Understand the role that Mississippi has played in international, political, and economic affairs.
  4. Understand and describe the historical circumstances and conditions that necessitated the development of civil rights and human rights protections and/or activism for various minority groups in Mississippi.
  5. Understand the importance of how geography, history, and politics affect the economic life of Mississippi from the past to the present.
  6. Understand the trends, ideologies, and artistic expressions in Mississippi over time and place.

Course Outline:

Units Lesson Reading Assignments Due for Grades
Syllabus Syllabus Syllabus self-check, Introduce Yourself discussion board, pre-test
1 Chapter 1: The Geography of Mississippi Read Chapter 1. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Quiz, Geography Project Assignment
  Chapter 2: Native Mississippians Read Chapter 2. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Quiz, Chickasaw Project Assignment, Unit Test
2 Chapter 3: The European Period, 1540-1798 Read Chapter 3. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Chapter Quizzes, Unit Project, Unit Test
Chapter 4: From Territory to Statehood, 1798-1860 Read Chapter 4. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear.
3 Chapter 5: Antebellum Mississippi Read Chapter 5. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Chapter Quizzes, Unit Project, Unit Test
Chapter 6: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1876 Read Chapter 6. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear.
Proctored Course Exam 1 Covers Chapters 1-6 Note: Be sure to complete all previous assignments before taking this exam. Any assignments not completed before the exam is taken may receive a grade of zero. Proctored Closed Book Exam
4 Chapter 7: The Bourbon Era, 1876-1900 Read Chapter 7. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Chapter Quizzes, Unit Project, Unit Test
Chapter 8: Revolt of the Rednecks, 1900-1932 Read Chapter 8. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear.
5 Chapter 9: Conflict and Change, 1932-1960 Read Chapter 9. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Chapter Quizzes, Unit Project, Unit Test
Chapter 10: The Civil Rights Movement, 1960-1971 Read Chapter 10. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear.
6 Chapter 11: Modern Mississippi, 1971 to the Present Read Chapter 11. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Chapter Quizzes, Unit Project, Unit Test
Chapter 12: Mississippi in the Global Village Read Chapter 12. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear.
Proctored Course Exam 2 Covers Chapters 7-12 Note: Be sure to complete all previous assignments before taking this exam. Any assignments not completed before the exam is taken may receive a grade of zero. Proctored Closed Book Exam
7 Chapter 13: Federal and State Government Read Chapter 13. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Chapter Quizzes, Unit Project, Unit Test
  Chapter 14: Local Government and Citizenship Read Chapter 14. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear.
8 Chapter 15: Mississippiís Literary Tradition Read Chapter 15. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear. Chapter Quizzes, Unit Project, Unit Test
Chapter 16: Performing and Visual Artists and Sports Heroes Read Chapter 16. Review the presentation and any videos and links that appear.
Post-test, Exit Survey To be completed before scheduling your final exam.
Proctored Final Exam Covers Chapters 13-16 Note: Be sure to complete all previous assignments before taking this exam. Any assignments not completed before the exam is taken WILL receive a grade of zero. Proctored Closed Book Exam

Grading Scale:

93 - 100% = A
85 - 92% = B
75 - 84% = C
70 - 74% = D
Below 69% = F

The grading format is as follows:

Lesson quizzes = 20%
Unit projects and written assignments = 25%
Unit tests = 20%
Proctored exams = 35%