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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.

Assignments turned in after 3 days or the third late assignment are subject to a late penalty of 20%.

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

November 11 - November 15                             

Mon., Nov. 11 - Gold Day (10/11 Block)(13th Block)
                - The Jungle Primary Source
                - Expansionism
                - Due - Alaska Questions
                - HW - Hawaii Video and Questions - due 11/13
Tues., Nov. 12 - Blue Day (2nd Block)(3/4 Block) 
                - The Jungle Primary Source
                - Expansionism
                - Due - Alaska Questions
                - HW - Hawaii Video and Questions - due 11/14
Weds., Nov. 13 - Gold Day (10/11 Block)(13th Block)
                - Expansionism
                - Due - Hawaii Questions
                - HW - Hawaii Primary Source - due 11/15

Thurs., Nov. 14 - Blue Day (2nd Block)(3/4 Block) 
                - Expansionism
                - Due - Hawaii Questions
                - HW - Hawaii Primary Source - due 11/15
Fri., Nov. 15 - Gold Day (10/11 Block)(13th Block)
                - Expansionism
                - Due - Hawaii Primary Source
                - HW - None

Bell Ringers


Aug. 23 (Blue) and Aug. 26 (Gold) - What is a premonition?  A strong felling that something bad is going to happen.

Aug. 27 (Blue) and Aug 28 (Gold) - What was the original job of the Secret Service?  To stop counterfeiters.

Aug. 29 (Blue) and Aug. 30 (Gold) - What was a sharecropper?  A laborer who works for a large plantation owner and gets to keep a share of the crop.

Sept. 3 (Blue) and Sept. 4 (Gold) - What did the 14th Amendment do for the freedmen?  It gave them citizenship.

Sept. 5 (Blue) and Sept. 6 (Gold) - What was the main goal of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction?  To prevent the freedmen and their allies from voting for Republicans.

Sept. 9 (Blue) and Sept. 10 (Gold) - What laws were passed in the South after Reconstruction to separate citizens citizens based on their race?  Jim Crow Laws

Sept. 11 (Blue) and Sept. 12 (Gold) - What did the Southern Democrats receive in the Compromise of 1877?  The Republicans promised to end Radical Reconstruction.

Sept. 16 (Blue) and Sept. 17 (Gold) - When the Union Pacific and Central Pacific met in Utah what did the do to celebrate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad?  Drove in a ceremonial golden spike.

Sept. 18 (Blue) and Sept. 19 (Gold) - What two groups were the early workers on the Transcontinental Railroad, but many of them eventually quit due to the hard labor and low pay?  Former Soldiers and Freedmen

Sept. 20 (Blue) and Sept. 23 (Gold) - Provide two examples of hardships that the Homesteaders faced on the Great Plains.  Drought & prairie fires, Wind storms and tornados, Locusts, thick sod




Sept. 24 (Blue) and Sept. 25 (Gold) - What was the vast unfenced land of Texas called where the longhorn cattle roamed free?  Open range

Sept. 26 (Blue) and Sept. 27 (Gold) - What was an "unmarked" longhorn called? Maverick

Sept. 30 (Blue) and Oct. 1 (Gold) - What put an end to the long drive after only 20-25 years?  Barbed Wire

Oct. 2 (Blue) and Oct. 3 (Gold) - What famous African-American cowboy was given the nickname "Deadwood Dick" after winning a rodeo competition in Deadwood, South Dakota?  Nat Love

Oct. 4 (Blue) and Oct. 7 (Gold) - Approximately how many buffalo roamed the Great Plains prior to American hunters flooding into the plains?  30 million

Oct. 8 (Blue) and Oct. 9 (Gold) - What U.S. cavalry officer was killed (along with his entire column) at the Battle of Little Big Horn?  George Armstrong Custer

Oct. 10 (Blue) and Oct. 15 (Gold) - What Apache renegade warrior refused to go on a reservation and led raids on white settlements along the Arizona and Mexico border?  Geronimo

Oct. 16 (Blue) and Oct. 17 (Gold) - What terrible incident put an end to Native American resistance?  Massacre at Wounded Knee

Oct. 18 (Blue) and Oct. 21 (Gold) - What region was the center of the meat-packing industry? Wisconsin and Illinois

Oct. 22 (Blue) and Oct. 23 (Gold) - What entrepreneur became wealthy as the CEO/President of Standard Oil?  John D. Rockefeller


Oct. 24 (Blue) and Oct. 25 (Gold) - What were the 3 main products that were refined from petroleum by John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Corporation? Kerosene, Gasoline, Lubricants/Grease

Oct. 28 (Blue) and Oct. 29 (Gold) - What did Henry Ford add to the assembly line that helped modernize the process?  Conveyer Belt

Oct. 30 (Blue) and Nov. 1 (Gold) - What was the nickname of the Model T Ford?  Tin Lizzie

Nov. 4 (Blue) and Nov. 5 (Gold) - What book did Upton Sinclair write to showcase the horrors of working in the meat-packing factories during the Gilded Age?  The Jungle

Nov. 6 (Blue) and Nov. 7 (Gold) - What was the nickname given to New York sanitation workers during the Gilded Age?  White Ducks

Nov. 11 (Gold) and Nov. 12 (Blue) - What nation sold Alaska to the United States?  Russia

Nov. 13 (Gold) and Nov. 14 (Blue) - What were the three valuable discoveries made in Alaska after it was purchased?  Gold, Petroleum, Timber

Nov. 15 (Gold) and Nov. 18 (Blue) - What group of individuals forced the Queen of Hawaii to abdicate her thrown?  American businessmen


Click on the links to view/download the material - 


Lincoln Assassination Reading

Lincoln's Corpse Reading and Questions

Reconstruction Reading

KKK Video and Questions (Google Classroom)

KKK Primary Sources and Questions (Paper Copy & Google Classroom)

Upfront Article - Heritage or Hate

Reconstruction Breaking News Story (Google Classroom)


West Transformed   

Transcontinental Railroad Reading and Questions

Long Drive DBQ (Paper & Google Classroom)      

Extended Response Template

Simple History: Gunslingers Video and Questions (Google Classroom)

Native Americans and Custer Reading

Chiefs Reading and Dreamcatcher Coloring Page

The Gilded Age

Captains of Industry Reading and Questions

Ford Reading

Immigrant Interactive (Google Classroom)

The Jungle Primary Source Reading and Questions (Paper Copy & Google Classroom)

Gilded Age Graphic Novel (Google Classroom)


U.S. Expansionism

Alaska Reading and Questions

Hawaii Video and Questions (Google Classroom)

Hawaii Primary Source Reading and Questions (Paper Copy & Google Classroom)

Spanish American War Reading

Theodore Roosevelt Video and Questions (Google Classroom)

Theodore Roosevelt Reading


World War I   

Upfront Article

The Great War Begins Reading and Questions

WW I Primary Source Reading and Questions (Google Classroom)

Simple History - Weapons Videos and Questions (Google Classroom)

Propaganda Poster Project

U.S. Enters the War Reading


Roaring Twenties & Great Depression 


World War II





Post World War II



 Vietnam Conflict 







Study Guides

3_-_Gilded_Age.pdfClick on the links to view/download the material -             

Unit Study Guides


West Transformed

Gilded Age




Video Notes

 Click on the links to download/view the material - 

The West Transformed (Heartland)

The Gilded Age (Cities)



Click on the links to watch youtube videos.


Lincoln Assassination - 5 min

Aftershocks: Beyond the Civil War - KKK - start @ 36:29 to 50:08

Plessy vs. Ferguson (History Channel) - 2 min

 The West Transformed

The Gunslingers (Simple History) - 5 min

The Gilded Age

John D. Rockefeller - 8 min


History of Hawaii - 7 min

Theodore Roosevelt - "The Presidents" (History Channel) - 15 min

World War I  

Simple History - Trench Warfare (3 min)

Simple History - Trench Life (2 min)

Simple History - Infantry Weapons (3 min)

Simple History - Zeppelins (2 min) 

Simple History - Chlorine Gas (2 min)

World War I - Fury (52 min)

World War I - Fear (52 min)

World War I - Rage (50 min)

Simple History - Russian Revolution (3 min)  

Simple History - Treaty of Versailles 1/2

Simple History - Treaty of Versailles 2/2

Roaring Twenties

Simple History - Prohibition (3 min) 

World War II

Simple History - Gulags (3 min)

History Oversimplified - Hitler (8 min) 

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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