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Social Studies 7 - Mr. Hornung

History 7 – American History through the Civil War


Course Description:

This history course covers American history from its beginnings through the American Civil War. This course is designed to help students understand how and why particular events and patterns of events occurred in our society. This course will help students to understand geographic, political, social, and economic developments in American history.

Course Expectations:

Students in this history course are expected to develop reading and writing skills and to begin the process of historical analysis which is important in understanding the past. Students are expected to come to class prepared and to complete assignments on time.

Class Rules:

  1. Students are expected to try their best every day.
  2. Students are expected to treat the teacher and other students with respect at all times.
  3. Students are expected to be in their seats and prepared for class when the bell rings. Being prepared for class means having all materials out and ready.
  4. Students are expected to pay attention during class. Talking while the teacher is instructing or while other students are presenting will not be permitted.
  5. Students will stay in their seats at all times unless otherwise directed by the teacher.
  6. Students will not be allowed to have any personal electronic devices in the classroom. If they do, the device will be confiscated.
  7. See Student Handbook for all other Rules.

Grading Policy:

10% - Homework and Classwork  Homework will be assigned weekly. Students will be given the assignments on the first day of the week and will be expected to hand them in by the end of the last day of the week. Any late homework assignments will still need to be completed, but will have 10 points automatically deducted. (Weekly homework will be listed on the Homework Hotline page.)

20% - Projects (Each project will be graded using an individual scoring rubric)

20% - Quizzes (Include map assessments and paragraph response assessments at the end of each unit)

50% - Tests* (All tests will consist of 20 multiple choice questions and 5 document based questions)

(*A retake on tests will be allowed)

Final Grade Calculation:

The grade a student earns each quarter will count as 20% of their overall final grade for the school year. The remaining 20% will come from a final exam administered at the end of the school year.

Course Policies:

Student Work: Students will be expected to complete assignments inside and outside of class on time on a regular basis. All students are expected to read class material, think critically, and write effectively. Students are expected to use complete sentences and proper grammar and punctuation on written assignments.

Absences: If a student is absent, it is HIS/HER responsibility to get all missed work from the teacher and return it in a timely manner.

Course Content:

Unit 1: Early Native Americans (September – October)

Unit 2: The Age of Exploration & Early Colonial Times (October – November)

Unit 3: The 13 Original Colonies (November)

Unit 4: The Road to the American Revolution (December)

Unit 5: The American Revolution & the Constitution (January)

Unit 6: A New and Emerging Nation (President Washington to President Monroe) (February)

Unit 7: Manifest Destiny & Reform Movements (March)

Unit 8: Sectionalism and Causes of the American Civil War (April)

Unit 9: The American Civil War (May)

Final Exam: 50 Multiple Choice Questions (June)

Class Materials:

All students will need the following:

Pens or Pencils

3 Ring Binder

Loose leaf paper

*Students will be assigned a textbook (The American Journey – Glencoe: 2009). It is their responsibility to keep the textbook in good condition and turn it in at the end of the school year.

Video and Internet:

During the course of the year students will use material from and will conduct research using various Internet websites. Additionally, students will view videos, or portions of videos, in support of the history curriculum.


Contact Information

How to reach Mr. Hornung


  • shornung@unatego.stier.org
  • (607) 988-5036
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