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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.  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

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 - 20%
Homework is generally a page or two reading or a primary source with 10 - 20 questions.  Students must use reading comprehension skills, evaluation skills, research skills, problem solving skills, and inferencing to successfully complete their homework.  Students may not redo homework for a better grade. They are given plenty of time to complete the assignment and can ask for help at any time, so the initial grade is (usually) the most accurate assessment of the students effort and understanding of the material. 

Projects are due on the due date. Students are usually given one - two weeks to finish a project, and most of them don't require 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 10% deduction or the next class (2 days later) with a 20%.  No projects will be accepted after that and will result in a grade of a 50% (F).
Quizzes - 30%
Quizzes are 15-25 questions that assess the students' understanding of a specific portion of the material that we have covered in a particular unite.  The questions com directly from concepts covered in their classroom notes, classroom assignments, classroom videos, and homework.  There are no retake opportunities on quizzes.

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.  Students may retake tests as long as they have meet all of the requirements on the Social Studies Test Retake Checklist. 

TEST RETAKE FORM  - this form is also located in the study guide section of my website.

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

My Late Assignment Policy 

First Trimester
Students should strive to turn in all of their work on the posted due date. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class to be considered on time.  However, homework assignments will be accepted for full credit as long as the assignment is turned in by the next class meeting (2 school days - unless their is a weekend).  If an assignment is not turned in by the next class meeting then the student will automatically receive a grade of 50% (F) on the assignment.  
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 10% deduction or the next class (2 days later) with a 20% deduction.  Projects will not be accepted after that point and will result in a grade of a 50% (F). 

All missing homework turned in late in order to retake a test will not be given full credit and will remain a 50%.  Completing the work allows the student the opportunity to improve his/her grade by retaking the test.
Second Trimester 
I continue to follow the guidelines from the first trimester, however, during the second trimester students will only be allowed to turn two late assignments in for full credit.  Once a student uses up his/her two late passes I will no longer accept any late assignments for full credit.  That means all future assignments are due on the posted date.  If the assignment is not turned in on that date it will result in an automatic 50% (F).
Third trimester is designed to help ease the transition to high school by practicing procedures used by the majority of high schools and high school teachers in the area.

Third Trimester  
NO late work will be accepted.  If the work is not turned in on the posted due date then the student will receive a 50% (F).  Students may only retake one test third trimester (most high school teachers do not allow retakes on assessments and the select few that do usually only allow one per semester after the student does a packet of work to earn a chance).





Weekly Schedule

November 12 - November 16                      

Mon., November 12 - Blue Day (2nd Block)(3/4 Block)
                 - Spanish American War Reading Quiz
                 - Due - Assignment #12 (Hawaii)
                 - H.W. - None

Tues., November 13 - Gold Day (10/11 Block)(13th Block)
                 - Spanish American War Reading Quiz
                 - Due - Assignment #12 (Hawaii)
                 - H.W. - None 
Weds., November 14 - Blue Day (2nd Block)(3/4 Block)
                 - Expansionism
                 - Due - None
                 - H.W. - Assignment #13 (T. Roosevelt) - due 11/26

Thurs., November 15 - Gold Day (10/11 Block)(13th Block)
                 - Expansionism
                 - Due - None
                 - H.W. - Assignment #13 (T. Roosevelt) -due 11/27

Friday, Nov. 16 - 1/2 Day White Day - Have a Good Thanksgiving

Bell Ringers


Bell Ringers #1

8/24 (Blue) and 8/27 (Gold) - What is a premonition?  A feeling of unease that something (most likely bad) is going to happen.

 8/28 (Blue) and 8/29 (Gold) What is a conspiracy?  When two or more people (group) plan to break the law.

8/30 (Blue) and 8/31 (Gold) - What does it mean when it says that Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction Plan was lenientIt means that it was not very harsh - it was overly permissive.

9/4 (Blue) and 9/5 (Gold) - What did the white Southerners call Northerners who came south during Reconstruction to profit and seek political gain?  Carpetbaggers

9/6 (Blue) 9/7 (Gold) - What was the main goal of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction? To prevent the freedmen and their allies from voting for Republicans.

9/10 (Blue) and 9/11 (Gold) -  What ethnic group made up the vast majority of workers on the Central Pacific spur of the Transcontinental Railroad?  Chinese Immigrants

9/12 (Blue) and 9/13 (Gold) - What was the name of the freedmen railroad worker from African-American folklore?  John Henry

9/14 (Blue) and 9/17 (Gold) - What state did the Union Pacific and Central Pacific meet in to complete the Transcontinental Railroad?  Utah

9/18 (Blue) and 9/19 (Gold) - What was the average age range of most cowboys?  17 -21

9/20 (Blue) and 9/21 (Gold) - What was the name of the famous lawman who was shot in the back of the head while holding aces and eights (the Dead Man's Hand) in a game of poker in Deadwood, South Dakota?  Wild Bill Hickok 

Bell Ringers #2

9/24 (Blue) and 9/25 (Gold) - What famous bank/train robber was shot in the back of the head, while adjusting a picture, by a member of his own gang?  Jesse James

9/26 (Blue) and 9/27 (Gold) - What famous lawman was involved in the infamous gunfight at the OK corral?  Wyatt Earp

9/28 (Blue) and 10/1 (Gold) What hired gun was the leader of the "Regulators" and was eventually shot in the dark after he escaped prison?  Billy the Kid

10/2 (Blue) and 10/3 (Gold) Why didn't early western pioneers have a lot of contact/conflict with the Native Americans  of the Great Plains?  They were few in number and were only crossing through the land on their way to California and Oregon.

10/4 (Blue) and 10/5 (Gold) What two Native American warriors led the Cheyenne and Souix athe the Battle of the Little Big Horn?  Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull

10/9 (Blue) and 10/10 (Gold) What was a Sooner?  Someone who went out early to settle the land opened up in Oklahoma before the Land Rush.

10//11 (Blue) and 10/12 (Gold) - What 'Captain of Industry' (businessman) made his fortune in refining oil?  John D. Rockefeller

10/15 (Blue) and 10/16 (Gold) - What is an entrepreneur?  An individual who comes up with an idea or product to start a business and make money.

10/17 (Blue) and 10/18 (Gold) - What process was used to turn iron into steel?  The Bessemer Process

10/19 (Blue) and 10/22 (Gold) - What did Ford add to the assembly line process to modernize it? The conveyer belt

Bell Ringers #3

10/23 (Blue) and 10/24 (Gold) - What was the most valuable patent in U.S. History?  Telephone

10/25 (Blue) and 10/26 (Gold) - Give 2 examples of people considered "new" immigrants coming from Europe to the United States around 1890 - 1910  Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Greek, Italians, Russians (Eastern and Southern Europeans)

10/29 (Blue) and 10/30 (Gold) - What deadly workplace fire helped bring about safety laws and more support for unions?  Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

11/1 (Blue) and 11/2 (Gold) - What nickname was given to the sanitation workers who cleaned the streets in New York?  White Ducks

11/5 (Blue) and 11/7 (Gold) - Generally, how old was the compulsory education (mandatory schooling law) age during this period of history?  14 years old

11/8 (Blue) and 11/9 (Gold) - What nation sold Alaska to the United States?  Russia

11/12 (Blue) and 11/13 (Gold) - What group of individuals forced Queen Liliuokalani to give up her thrown in Hawaii?  U.S. Businessmen 

Classroom Notes

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The West Transformed

The Gilded Age



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Assignment #1 - Lincoln's Assassination 

In Class - Lincoln's Corpse

Assignment #2 - Reconstruction

Assignment #3 - Ku Klux Klan Video (In Google Classroom)

West Transformed   

Assignment #4 - Transcontinental Railroad 

Assignment #5 - Longhorns

Assignment #6 - Gunslingers (In Google Classroom)

Assignment #7 - Native Americans

Long Drive DBQ's        Essential Question Essay Outline

The Gilded Age

Assignment #8 - Captains of Industry 

Assignment #9 - Ford

Assignment #10 - Immigrant Interactive (In Google Classroom)

Link to Immigrant Interactive

First Person Account - Primary Source

U.S. Expansionism

Assignment #11 - Alaska 

Hawaii Video Questions (In Google Classroom)

Assignment #12 - Hawaii Primary Source

Assignment #13 - Teddy Roosevelt

World War I   


Roaring Twenties & Great Depression 


World War II




The Early Cold War


Civil Rights 


Vietnam Conflict 



Homework Answers


Assignment #8 - Captains of Industry

Assignment #9 - Ford

Assignment #10 - Immigrant Interactive (Answers released in Google Classroom

Assignment #11 - Alaska




Study Guides

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Test Retake Form

Unit Study Guides


The West Transformed

The Gilded Age



Video Notes

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