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Class Syllabus


Throughout this course, we will learn concepts that helped impede and inspire Civil Rights. While many history courses are dedicated to telling the history of the States, our primary focus will be learning and adopting the perspective of the people. Starting with colonization and ending in the late twentieth century, we study culture, customs, and experiences of the majority of people, the oppressed.

Looking at history through the relationship of race and class will require students to draw from various historical resources including text, photographs, and cartoons to develop well thought-out ideas that show an ability to move beyond conventional belief and anecdotes. Students will learn how they can provoke change in the world by using their knowledge and passions to fight for social justice issues.


Required Supplies—to be brought to class DAILY

  1. 3 ring binder
  2. Lined Paper
  3. Journal (Mr. Mogg provides)
  4. Pencil (NO PENS)


1.CELL PHONE- I have my cell phone every day until 9PM. I will not answer or return calls after 9PM at night. If I miss your call, I will usually return it within 30 minutes, however sometimes there are circumstances where I may not be able to return it right away. NOTE- IF I DON’T RETURN A CALL, TRY A TEXT OR EMAIL, I MIGHT NOT BE IN RANGE OF CELL SERVICE.

2.EMAIL- My email comes directly to my BlackBerry and Computer


1. HOMEWORK- is given every night except on special occasions.

2. ABSENCE- Students need to be self-advocates. If a student misses a day of school, he or she is responsible for asking Mr. Mogg for missed work from the day of absence. Mr. Mogg will not seek out students who have been absent to give them their missed work.

3. DAILY ASSESSMENTS- There will be an assessment each day covering the learning material for the day.

4. UNIT ASSESSMENTS- Students will always receive a unit review guide at least 3 days prior to the test. The day before the test, we will review the information in class.


1. TIMED ESSAYS- Students will write 2 essays. The first essay will be an assessment of each student’s ability to write. The second essay will be graded based on the student’s ability to improve.

2. FINAL: The final for the course will be an essay covering a topic of his/her choice that will be graded based on a rubric. However, this final should represent the student’s ability to investigate, think, and write effectively. There will be benchmark dates that pieces of the essay are due. Each portion of the essay will be a percentage of the overall grade. The final paper only represents a small percentage of the overall grade. It is imperative that the student turns in the appropriate work on the dates listed in the calendar.


• We will investigate like historians by constantly asking questions. Students will research historical topics in-depth to gain the most objective stance. To do this students will ask questions when studying journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past and compare the multiple points of view. Modeling academic inquisitiveness and developing a sense of empathy is essential to be successful in college, we will begin to think like historians through investigation.

• We will think like historians. Our class average will not be below 80% on all the assessments. By doing this, the students will show that they are critical thinkers. Consequently, thinking critically by making connections between historical and current events will allow the students to learn and operate like historians. Thinking like a historian or social scientist will allow each student to succeed in this course and at the college level, it will allow every student to develop a perspective and mindset to serve them throughout his or her life.

• We will write like historians by improving 2 levels for each row of the Social Studies Writing Rubric by the end of the year. (An initial diagnostic writing assignment will be given at the beginning of the school year with a similar prompt delivered near the end of the year.) Writing like historians is a skill that we will continually refine, and one that will allow us to explore, express, and share our ideas. It is essential to be a good writer to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college.

Student’s Individual Goal

Investigate, Think, and Write: At the end of the year each student will be to express his or her thoughts and opinions with clear and aligned evidence in a 5-paragraph essay. Students will be able to draw from various historical resources including text, artifacts, photographs, or cartoons to develop well thought out ideas that show an ability to move beyond conventional belief and anecdotes. Analyzing and synthesizing information will prepare students for Advanced Placement Courses, Standardized Tests, and College course work.

Special Note: Syllabus is subject to change by teacher. If there are any changes, the student and parent(s) will be notified.


  1. Brittany Green says:

    Those are pretty pictures.


    What is up Mr.Mogg?!:)

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