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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 3rd Marking Period:

  • Students will be eligible for a total of 30 extra credit points this marking period. These points will go towards assignments in the Major Grade category. These extra credit opportunities are optional and not required.

Film Opportunities will be after school  (2:45-3:30pm) and will be worth 5 points each.

  • Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 21-22, 2018

Cinderella Man ( PG-13) (1920s/1930s)

  • Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 and Mar. 1, 2018

Saving Private Ryan (R)  (Parent Form required to attend) (World War II)

Podcast Summaries will be worth 10 points each. Summaries are due at the beginning of class on Friday, March 2, 2018. No Late submissions will be accepted.

The Late Victorian Manure Crisis:
The Scopes Trial:
 The Harlem Hellfighters and Henry Johnson:



 Textbook for DC for Spring 2018 -Give me Liberty!  Vol. 2 by Eric Foner, 5th Edition. 

This textbook must be purchased (or rented) prior to the start of school- you will need it by Tuesday, January 9th, 2018. 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. 2 Textbook Cover:

5th Edition Vol. 2 ISBN: (978-0393920314)

To register for free 21-day access to the first two chapters of the textbook eBook: 

  • Go to the link for the book you need: 
  • Click the yellow “Purchase Options” link at the top right of the page
  • Click the green “Purchase or Register for Access” link when the box pops up with purchasing options
  • Fill in your contact information and select “I want to sign up for 21 days of trial access”
  • Click the green “Sign up for trial access” link
  • This will give you access to the first 2 chapters for 21 days

Outside Reading Spring 2018: These two readings will be required outside readings for the course this semester. You can purchase them online; they should be available at the LSC Bookstore for the Spring 2018 semester. You may also buy these selections in either paperback or ebook format for class.  

Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, by Jo Ann Gibson Robinson (ISBN: 9780870495274)

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If I Die in a Combat Zone Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, by Tim O'Brien (ISBN: 9780767904438)

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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 for quiz assignments, etc. 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.**