American History

U.S. History Course Description

U.S. History and Geography 1H/2H is a two-semester course with instruction of U.S. History in the 20th century designed for the academically talented 11th grade student. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills such as hypothesis formation, data gathering, and analytical questioning. In addition, students are also expected to pursue specialized areas of study designed to give them depth and perspective and to enhance their understanding, appreciation, and sense of responsibility to the values of the American way of life. The course utilizes varied textual and resource materials exposing the students to many different interpretations and hypotheses of American history.

This course meets the University of California "a" and "g" requirements.

5H/6H Language and Composition
 
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English 5H/6H Language and Composition
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course utilizes a chronological and thematic use of American literature as the main vehicle to study language and rhetoric. The literature selections are also designed to enhance students’ study of American history. The rigors of the course are intended to correspond with the expectations of introductory college-level rhetorical and composition courses. Students will practice to be excellent critical thinkers, readers, analysts of language, effective writers, and creative, cogent producers of argument.  The focus of the course will be writing, and students will need to write effectively for a range of audiences and a variety of purposes. There are three styles of writing we will specifically focus on – rhetorical analysis, argumentation, and synthesis of information from multiple sources. 
 
This course meets the University of California "b" and "g" requirements. 
 

MATERIALS: Students are expected to bring required materials to class every day.  By bringing required materials, you are setting yourself up for success!


Required: Paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, class novels, class handouts

Optional: laptop/tablet


GRADING CRITERIA: All work is due at the very beginning of the period (unless otherwise noted).  If you are turning in late work, please attach a completed late homework form to your assignment(s).  If you have an excused absence, you have the same number of days to make up work as you were absent with no grade penalty.  Unexcused absences will result in a zero on missed assignments and cannot be made up.  Please see page nine of the GMCHS student handbook for details regarding excused and unexcused absences.


Grade Scale


Grade Weights

100-90%     A

Essays/Projects-30%

89-80%      B

Tests/Quizzes-30%

79-70%      C

Final-15%

69-60%      D

Classwork/Homework-25%

59-0%       F




ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Acts of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Please see page eight of the GMCHS student handbook for the academic dishonesty policy.  Consequences for academic honesty may include the following:


1st offense: Zero credit, no make up on assignment

2nd offense: Final semester course grade of “F”, academic dishonesty notation on discipline record

3rd offense: Return to school of origin


BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS: By the time you get to high school, you have had a lot of school experience and know how to behave in a classroom environment.  You should have the ability to self-monitor and will be expected to do so in my class.  Please be polite, prepared, positive, and punctual.  


RESPONSIBLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY:  Technology tools will regularly be used as part of the instruction of this course. Students are expected to act responsibly and use these technologies to enhance and deepen their learning. Students must remember to protect themselves, others, intellectual property rights, the network, and the equipment. The GUHSD Responsible Use Policy can be accessed online here: http://goo.gl/Ed6U7D


In this class, computers and web-based tools are essential element of the curriculum. Care must be taken when using these resources. Good practices include:

  1. Carefully handle the device. No food or drinks should be around the machine.

  2. Laptops should be handled and carried with care.

  3. Close or lower the screen when instructed.

  4. Keep your Google Apps and other passwords safe and secure - do not share them.


CONTENT OVERVIEW:Content covered in the course may include, but is not limited to the following:


Major works: The Catcher in the Rye, The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Black Boy, The Scarlet Letter, and others

Supplemental works: informational texts, historical documents, poetry, short stories

Composition: argumentation, literary analysis, narrative/descriptive, expository

Projects: oral presentations, literature circles, blogs, creative projects, etc...

Other: SAT English prep, SAT essay prep, college admissions essays, PSAT prep

 

 
 

7H/8H Literature and Composition

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English 7H/8H Literature and Composition
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Senior Honors English at GMCHS is an honors level course equivalent to a college-level freshman literature class with a focus in literary analysis and composition. The goals of this course are to provide intellectual challenges and prepare students for college level writing and discourse.

This course meets the University of California "b" and "g" requirements

MATERIALS: Students are expected to bring required materials to class every day.  By bringing required materials, you are setting yourself up for success!


Required: Paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, class novels, class handouts

Optional: laptop/tablet


GRADING CRITERIA: All work is due at the very beginning of the period (unless otherwise noted).  If you are turning in late work, please attach a completed late homework form to your assignment(s).  If you have an excused absence, you have the same number of days to make up work as you were absent with no grade penalty. Unexcused absences will result in a zero on missed assignments and cannot be made up. Please see page nine of the GMCHS student handbook for details regarding excused and unexcused absences.


Grade Scale


Grade Weights

100-90%     A

Essays/Projects-30%

89-80%      B

Tests/Quizzes-30%

79-70%      C

Final-15%

69-60%      D

Classwork/Homework-25%

59-0%       F




ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Acts of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.  Please see page eight of the GMCHS student handbook for the academic dishonesty policy.  Consequences for academic honesty may include the following:


1st offense: Zero credit, no make up on assignment

2nd offense: Final semester course grade of “F”, academic dishonesty notation on discipline record

3rd offense: Return to school of origin




BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS: By the time you get to high school, you have had a lot of school experience and know how to behave in a classroom environment.  You should have the ability to self-monitor and will be expected to do so in my class.  Please be polite, prepared, positive, and punctual.  


RESPONSIBLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY:  Technology tools will regularly be used as part of the instruction of this course. Students are expected to act responsibly and use these technologies to enhance and deepen their learning. Students must remember to protect themselves, others, intellectual property rights, the network, and the equipment. The GUHSD Responsible Use Policy can be accessed online here: http://goo.gl/Ed6U7D


In this class, computers and web-based tools are essential element of the curriculum. Care must be taken when using these resources. Good practices include:

  1. Carefully handle the device. No food or drinks should be around the machine.

  2. Laptops should be handled and carried with care.

  3. Close or lower the screen when instructed.

  4. Keep your Google Apps and other passwords safe and secure - do not share them.


CONTENT OVERVIEW: Yes, I saved the best for last!.  Content covered in the course may include, but is not limited to the following:


Major works: The Epic of Gilgamesh , The Strage Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Hamlet, Extremely Loud and Incredibily Close, The Alchemist, and many others

Supplemental works: informational texts, historical documents, poetry, short stories, film

Composition: expository, narrative/descriptive, argumentation, literary analysis

Projects: oral presentations, Literature Circles, blogs

Other: UC essay prep, Common Application essay prep

 

Economics

Economics Course Description

Economics 1H is a one-semester course designed for academically talented  students in which the principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of public policy are examined. The student will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and communication skills through study. The course will include allocation of resources, distribution of income, money and banking, economics, as well as practical applications to consumer economics. In addition, students will be expected to explore various conflicting theories of economic thought, national and international issues, measurement concepts, and methods of analysis.

This course meets the University of California "g" requirements.

 

Government

American Government 1H Course Description

American Government 1H is a one-semester course designed for academically talented 12th grade students. It combines a study of American political, economic, and social institutions with a comparison of democratic and totalitarian institutions found in today's world. The course concentrates on American national, state, and local governments and analyzes other democratic and totalitarian political systems. A depth of concentration in one of the various areas of the course is expected, as is outside reading and in-depth research.

The course meets the University of California "a" and "g" requirements.

Critical Thinking & College Readiness Course

This course was designed and created by the staff at GMCHS. It is team taught by the English teacher, Social Science teacher, and the Counselor.

Course Description: This four-semester course for juniors and seniors includes examination and evaluation of ideas and philosophies designed to prepare the student for real world decision-making information, through and beyond college. Students learn effective communication, study and time management skills, learning and memory, test taking and preparation for high school assessments and college entrance exams including tutorial. The curriculum focuses on post-secondary planning including career and college exploration, college admissions and financial aid.
 
In the Social Science classes, students focus on 
  1. Quote of the Day - Junior Year
  2. Logical Fallacies - Senior Year
In the English classes, students focus on
  1. Daily Warm-ups (vocabulary, allusions, mentor text models, ect...)
  2. SAT/ACT Prep
  3. Time Management
  4. Common Core Assessment
The Counselor teaches weekly guidance lessons that focus on
  1. Career exploration
  2. College exploration
  3. College applications
  4. Financial aid
 

Internship

All students complete an internship of at least 70 hours each semester of their choice that is related to their career pathway.

The Career Pathway is a continuum along which GMCHS students progress as they become more directly connected with the world of work. The goal is that they will ultimately be engaged in a paid or unpaid internship related as nearly as possible to their identified career pathway. 

Students begin by identifying short- and long-term career and educational goals. They then pursue internships that relate as nearly as possible to those goals. One student volunteered at the on-campus Child Care Center where her infant daughter was placed. Several others learned about the inner workings of the library volunteering in the Learning Resource Center and another student interested in science worked in the physics lab. A student interested in the law might work as a receptionist in a law office, volunteer for a candidate running for election, or intern in a government office. Learning basic, transferable workplace skills such as punctuality and reliability are within each student’s grasp.

Because of the unique nature of this course, and of our school and our students, decisions regarding the appropriateness of each placement are made on an individualized, one-on-one basis with the Counselor.