Texas History Syllabus
Instructor: James Best
Course: 7th Grade History (Pre-AP and Regular Ed)
School Phone: 512.556.3101
E-mail- Username (bestj) and then the at sign (@) and then the domain (lisdtx.org)
Year at a Glance:
First Semester Second Semester 1st Nine Weeks 3rd Nine Weeks Unit 01: Thinking like a Historian
Unit 02: Natural Texas and its People (1200s ti 1800s)
Unit 03: Exploration and Early Colonization of Texas – 1519-1821
Unit 07: Texas during the Civil War and Reconstruction – 1861-1876
Unit 08: Cotton, Cattle, Railroads and Closing the Texas Frontier – 1866-1900
Unit 09: Modernizing Texas in An Age of Oil – 1900-1929
2nd Nine Weeks 4th Nine Weeks
Supplies: Paper, Folder, Pen (Blue or Black), Map Colors, and a straight edge or ruler
Textbook: Celebrate Texas
Expectations: Students will follow all school and class rules. As much as possible, students should actively participate in class, stay on task and complete assignments on time. Students will not be allowed to interfere with another person’s right to learn.
Suggestions for performing your best in your courses
1. Form a study group with friends. Work with your classmates on assignments both in and out of class. Collaborate on work, but don’t copy other student’s work.
2. Attend tutorials when you are having trouble finishing an assignment. Do not wait until the morning of the day that an assignment is due to come in for help.
3. Manage your time wisely. Expect to spend several days working on individual projects and studying for AP style quizzes and tests.
4. Don’t get discouraged. When you are feeling overwhelmed or helpless, seek encouragement from family and friends and from your instructor.
5. Keep up with the work. Make corrections to homework in a timely manner, complete your assignments as soon as you receive them, and, when you are absent, work diligently to get back on track as soon as possible.
6. Push yourself to perform better on each and every quiz and test. Progress is much more important than a grade on one particular assessment. Analyze your performance and find ways to improve on subsequent assessments.
7. Keep your eye on the goal. You are taking this class to prepare yourself for rigorous AP courses and college level coursework in the future. Remember when you are struggling that the reward is worth your efforts.