• United States History Syllabus 


    Contact information:

    Name: Andrew Bouska

    E-mail: andrew.bouska@ankenyschools.org

    Phone: 515-965-9630  

    Room: 1410


    How students will be graded:

    • A 0-100 percent scale will be utilized at the secondary level in the Ankeny Community School District.
    • Letter grades will continue to be assigned for all courses at the secondary level based on the 0-100 percent scale.


    Minimum Percent












    59 and below

    Letter Grade














    1st Semester Categories:

    • Great Depression
    • World War II
    • Cold War Summative work – 90%
    • Post-War America/1950s Independent work – 10%
    • Semester Final Semester exam – 10% of final semester grade


    2nd Semester Categories:

    • Post-war/1950s/Civil Rights
    • 1960s
    • Vietnam
    • 1970s/1980s Summative work – 90%
    • 1990s-Present Independent work – 10%
    • Semester Final Semester exam – 10% of final semester grade


    Missing assessments/assignments:

    • All missing assignments will be assigned an “M” in Infinite Campus.
    • Assignments turned in more than ONE WEEK after the DUE DATE will not be accepted for credit.
    • Students must turn in any and all missing and late work PRIOR to the test date in order to be eligible for a re-take.


    Multiple and Varied Assessment Opportunities (including Retakes)

    • All students should have multiple assessment opportunities to demonstrate higher levels of achievement. The opportunities may be initiated by the instructor or the student, but always at the instructor’s discretion.
    • Additional opportunities may include retakes of an alternate form of an assessment (e.g., Form B instead of Form A), student revisions of work products based on descriptive feedback, or alternative methods of

    assessments (e.g., an oral response rather than a written test).


    Guidelines for retakes include the following:

    • Students will be provided the opportunity to be reassessed (i.e., retakes and homework).
    • Teachers determine appropriateness and authentic need for reassessments.
    • Generally, reassessments will be limited to one retake per assessment. Additional reassessments will be provided at the discretion of the teacher.
    • Retakes will be taken within a reasonable time frame that the teacher determines and informs students of in advance.





    Board-Approved Standards:

    11th Grade United States History Great Depression to Present (American Culture)

    11.01 Synthesize historical patterns, periods of time, and the relationship among these elements.

    11.02 Analyze the role of individuals and groups within a society as promoters of change or the status quo.

    11.03 Evaluate the role of innovation and invention on the development and interaction of societies.

    11.04 Compare cause and effect relationships and other historical thinking skills in order to interpret events and issues.

    11.05 Evaluate the interconnectedness of the economic patterns and their impact on historical

    Development issues.

    11.06 Analyze and evaluate conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to the changing scope of governmental power.

    11.07 Identify the role of information and credibility of that information in history today.

    11.08 Using a variety of primary sources, as well as secondary sources; validate and weigh evidence for claims, check the usefulness and degree of reliability of sources, and evaluate different interpretations in order to develop their own interpretation supported by the evidence.

    11.09 Analyze and interpret United States foreign policy.

    11.10 Communicate historical learning to a variety of audiences using a variety of formats.

    11.11 Use historical facts, concepts, and methods to evaluate an issue of importance today, and make informed decisions as responsible citizens to propose policies, and take action on it.

    11.12 Determine how historical patterns are affected by geographical factors.


    Homework / Independent Practice

    • Homework is an opportunity for students to practice skills, apply knowledge, review and build on past learning, and extend learning. Homework is individualized and based on each student’s progress towards established standards.
    • The purpose of the assignment will determine whether or not a grade is given and will be clearly articulated to students. Through independent learning tasks (homework), students assume more responsibility for their learning and are given opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations or experiences.


    Extra Credit and Bonus Points

    • To ensure that grades reflect progress toward and achievement of the standards, giving extra credit points or bonus points will not occur in this class.


    Behavior Expectations

    The work habits/behavior standards are for grades 6-12 courses in our district. These work habits/behavior standards will be reported throughout the semester and are as follows:

    • Organization and Readiness
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Collaboration Skills

    For those of you accessing this document electronically, the work habits tool can be accessed here. We will be using the following performance levels:

    Performance Levels for Work Habits/Behavior Standards





    Meets Standard

    Partially Meets Standard

    Doesn’t Meet Standard

    No Evidence

    These descriptors are intended for feedback and communication and do not impact a student’s GPA.


    Formative and Summative Assessment


    • Formative Assessment: Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning.
    • Summative Assessment: Assessments that provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a judgment about student competence or program effectiveness

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