Course Overview

Mr. McKeown                                                                                brian.mckeown@bcsemail.org

Rm. 3305


Thank you for visiting my class website. I have been teaching at Clyde A. Erwin High School for since 2012. I am looking forward to another great year at Erwin High in the History department. I am striving to keep communication and accountability easier for both students and parents this year to help build successful Erwin graduates. A student in Mr. McKeown's class will be learning to investigate history in order to apply those research and literacy skills in other areas of their lives and careers in the future. A core principle of mine is that historians don't just memorize facts, but use evidence and literacy skills in order to ask questions about events in history and use evidence to find their answer. Students will read often in the course and learn academic writing skills in the course as we discuss the events of American History. Grading


Students will use several forms of study and assessment strategies that include but are not limited to the following:


  • Marking up/highlighting text

  • Reading for purpose and understanding, main ideas, and details

  • Note-taking/Cornell Notes

  • Reflective and creative writing

  • Analytical writing using Claim, Evidence, Analysis graphic organizers

  • Document-Based Analysis


Types of Student work and/or Learning Strategies

What types of assessment will be used?


Quizzes

Projects

Portfolio Binder

Oral Presentations

Research-based writing

Group Work

Essays

Homework

Open Response Questions

Class Participation