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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mr. Wettergren
7th Grade Government and
8th Grade U.S. History - Martino Jr. High
Expectations and Grading

CHAMPS Classroom Expectations

Class expectations are clearly posted and will be enforced in the classroom.  We are using the CHAMPS program in District #122 to set clear and enforced expectations in our classrooms.  Students need to follow these expectations.  If they do not then the school's step system will be used.


I will be using the school's step system in the classroom to enforce the classroom expectations.

Step 1: Warning
Step 2: Written Consequence
Step 3: Contact Home
Step 4: Office Referral

It is important that students and parents understand that I believe an educational environment should be fun, safe, and respectful.  Therefore, if I feel that a student is being disrespectful to a peer or to the teacher (I consider this to fall under the school's severe clause) he/she will be given an immediate office referral.  Students caught cheating or plagiarizing on homework/classwork will automatically earn a 50% (F).  Any students caught cheating during an assessment will be given an immediate office referral and a 50% (F). These actions represent dishonesty and are not acceptable.

Classroom Materials

Students should bring the following materials to every class:
- Spiral Notebook - for note taking
- Pen/Pencil
- iPad
- Earbuds/Earphones

Occasionally students will be asked to bring coloring supplies or ear buds - students will be told ahead of time when they need to bring these materials. 



Homework is on my website or on Google classroom.  I DO NOT pass out papers anymore.  Students have access to an iPad and are responsible for accessing their own homework.  Students may use their iPad to print a paper copy of the reading and questions, they may read the PDF at my website and answer the questions on a piece of notebook paper, or they may read the PDF in Google Classroom and type in the answers for submission.  

Homework/Classwork/Projects - 30%
Homework is generally a page or two reading, a short primary source, or a video with questions. Students must use reading comprehension skills, evaluation skills, research skills, problem solving skills, listening skills, and inferencing to successfully complete their homework. 

Students should strive to turn in all of their work on the posted due date. Assignments are due at the beginning (or within a reasonable amount of time after class begins - determined by the teacher) of the class to be considered on time.  

Students will be allowed 2 homework extensions (per trimester) to receive full credit for late work turned in within 2 school days of the due date (or the next class)

Assignments turned in after 2 days or the third late assignment are subject to a late penalty of 20%.  After that it will elicit a 40% penalty.

All late work is expected to be turned in by the end of the trimester.  Any work that is not turned in will result in a 50% and an intervention/consequence will be enforced.
Projects are DUE on the due date.  Students are usually given a week or two to finish the projects and most of them do not exceed more than an hour or two of work.  I give them these projects to promote historical concepts, to encourage creativity, and to practice time management skills. Therefore, if the project is not turned in on the due date I will accept it the next day with a 20% deduction or the next class (2 days later) with a 30% deduction.  Projects will not be accepted after that point and will result in a grade of a 50% (F). 

Quizzes - 20%
Quizzes are 15-25 questions that assess the students' understanding of a specific portion of the material that we have covered in a particular unit.  The questions come directly from concepts covered in their classroom notes, classroom assignments, classroom videos, and homework.  You may retake 2 quizzes per trimester.  Students must fill out the district retake form and meet all of the criteria before they are allowed to retake the quiz.

Unit Tests - 50% 
Tests are 30-50 questions that assess the students understanding of an entire unit.  The questions come directly from classroom lessons, classroom assignments, classroom videos, and homework.  There are no retakes on unit tests.

No extra credit is offered in the class per the school grading procedures.






Weekly Schedule


All information can be found in Google Classroom

Classroom Notes











Study Guides





Click on the links to watch youtube videos.


Lincoln Assassination - 5 min

The West Transformed

The Gunslingers (Simple History) - 5 min

The Gilded Age

John D. Rockefeller - 8 min


History of Hawaii - 7 min

World War I  

Simple History - What Caused World War I (2 min)

WWI - Oversimplified - Part 1 (6 min)

Simple History - Trench Warfare (3 min)

Simple History - Trench Life (2 min)

Simple History - Infantry Weapons (3 min)

Simple History - Chlorine Gas (2 min)

World War I - Fear (52 min)

Simple History - Russian Revolution (3 min)  

Simple History - Treaty of Versailles 1/2

Simple History - Treaty of Versailles 2/2

Roaring Twenties

Crash Course History - Women's Suffrage (12 min)

Simple History - Prohibition (3 min) 

Bet You Didn't Know Prohibition (3 min)

Al Capone Biography (4 min)

Louis Armstrong Biography (4 min)

Babe Ruth Biography (3 min)

World War II

Simple History - Gulags (3 min)

History Oversimplified - WWII Part 1 (13 min)

History Oversimplified - Hitler (8 min) 

History Oversimplified - Hitler Part 2

Simple History - World War II Weapons (4 min)

Simple History - German Military (4 min)

Simple History - Dunkirk (3 min)

Simple History - RAF (4 min)

Life in the Internment Camps (4 min)

Primary Source - Government Reel on Internment (9 min)

Ben Kuroki  Youtube Video (4 min)

Tuskegee Airmen Youtube Video (2 min)

Code Talkers Youtube Video (2 min)

Iwo Jima Youtube (4 min)

Simple History Japanese Infantry (2 min)

Post World War II

The Berlin Airlift (3 min)

Simple History Korean War (5 min)

1950's American Society - "Happy Days" (43 min)

Simple History Space Race (4 min)     

1960's American Society - "Poisoned Dreams" (43 min)

Civil Rights Video


Simple History: Vietcong

Simple History: Gulf of Tonkin

Simple History: U.S. Marines

Simple History: Air Mobility

Simple History: Tunnel Rats

Simple History: Vietnam War Draft

Simple History: Tet Offensive

Simple History: Fragging




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