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Dual Credit U.S. History

Ms. Whitney Taylor

Room: A115

U.S. History 1301/1302 DC; U.S. History 1877-Present

E-mail: wtaylor@willisisd.org- This is the best form of contact because I am usually able to respond in a more timely manner.


Conference Period: 1st Period; 7:20-8:13 AM & by appointment

Tutorial:  M- F 2:40-3:15; & by appointment




Extra Credit Opportunities for the 2nd Marking Period:

  • Film/Discussion Dates TBD
If you are unable to make one or both of these dates or you would like to work on something independently, then students have the option to listen to one or both of the following "Stuff You Missed in History Class" Podcasts and write a paragraph summary over the podcast. Each summary is worth 10 extra points a piece. Below are the links to the podcast if you wish to listen to it online; students can also find the podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify.
The Mysterious Disappearance of Theodesia Burr Alston:
The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable:
Please note that students are eligible to earn only up 40 points of extra credit by the end of the marking period (12/22/17) and any extra credit submissions need to be submitted to Ms. Taylor by Thursday, 12/7/17 by the end of your class period.



 Textbook for DC for Fall 2017 -Give me Liberty!  Vol. 1 by Eric Foner, 5th Edition. 

This textbook must be purchased (or rented) prior to the start of school- you will need it by Monday, August 21. This book can be purchased either online or at the LSC Bookstore. There is one edition that is acceptable for the course - 5th edition; the copyright date for this edition is 2017.  You will need a hard copy of the textbook, so you can make annotations, etc. (if you are renting the textbook, students can use post-it notes for annotations throughout the semester). No digital/ebook formats of this text will be acceptable for class. 

*Make sure you check all of your options when it comes to buying or renting textbooks- I always found it helpful to check online before going to the bookstore, especially when it came down to keeping things cost effective.*

5th Edition, Vol. 1 Textbook Cover:

5th Edition Vol. 1 ISBN: (978-0393603422)

Historical Monographs Fall 2017: These two readings will be required outside readings for the course this semester. You will have to purchase these books online; they will not be available at the LSC Bookstore. You may also buy these selections in either paperback or ebook format for class.  

Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (The Civil War 1861-1868 Book 2) Ballantine.




Sheriff, Carol. The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862. Bedford. 





Please note the following information regarding the Willis High School Homework, Late Work and Retesting Policies:
Homework Policy for Pre-AP/AP/DC Courses:
Students in Advanced Academic courses should expect homework on a frequent, if not nightly basis throughout the marking periods.

Late Work Policy 10th ,11th, 12th grade Pre-AP/AP/DC Courses:

Daily Work= No late daily work accepted

Major Work = -25 Points PER DAY, Nothing accepted after 2 days


Retest Policy for Pre-AP/AP/DC Courses:

No retesting opportunities will be available for these courses.



The Use of Technology and Personal Electronics in my Classroom for Dual Credit Classes (Periods 2, 4, and 6):

*The use of cellphones will no longer be allowed during the class period during my Dual Credit U.S. History classes for the remainder of the school year.  Any digital or electronic quiz or assignment on google classroom will be taken on a WHS Tablet from the tablet cart in my classroom from this point forward, no exceptions. If you are absent the day of  an assignment or quiz that is originally administered digitally or on Google Classroom, you will complete a paper version of the assignment or quiz the day you return to class.**

**Assignment grades are entered into Ms. Taylor's online grade book on Mondays and Fridays after school.**