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    Nov 05, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend taking this class because you learn a lot about U.S. History. It does take up a lot of time because you have to study a lot outside of class. U.S. History is a very important subject because it is necessary for people to understand their basic rights and also why we have the rights that we do. Mr. Fakkema covers everything in great depth and is also very willing to help students who are struggling.

    Course highlights:

    Some of the highlights of this class were talking about how the U.S. gained their independence from Great Britain. The Bill of Rights, the Civil War, and the Women's Rights Movements were also very interested to learn about.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you don't get behind when studying for timeline tests, they are very important when it comes to the AP test. Make sure you read the entire chapter and take detailed notes.

    • Fall 2017
    • Mr. Fakkema
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Competitive Classmates
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    Oct 22, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I learned a lot about America and I am familiar with important events, court cases, and development of this country. I am currently taking AP U.S. government and I have been reading about economics and it is helpful to understand what was happening at the time when whatever court decision was made or why there was an economic down turn or an increase for our economy.

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed learning about the 1880's tp 1910's era with the political machines to the muckrakers then the following progressive ideas. It was a huge time of growth for our country like the ideals of who women are and the improvement of industrial workers and farmers. The New deal era was also amazing to see how one leader can change a nation and fix majority of it's problems, who knows where we would be without FDR.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    To stay on top of remembering dates. Also majority of these events are connected so after you learn about a new period of time then take some time to figure out how they are related to each other. Also it may feel like you're learning nothing but you actually have learned more than you expected when these events happen in another class or outside school.

    • Fall 2017
    • Mr. Fakkema
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates Requires Lots of Research
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    Oct 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course was rigorous in going in depth with nearly every historical issue, not only focused on the United States, but also the rest of the world at the time. On a regular basis we would have 3 or more hours of book work a week and we would discuss the text during class. It was also very fun because the teacher made sure to tell us the memorable facts and stories in the most entertaining way she could.

    Course highlights:

    One of the best parts of the course is learning the obscene things people used to do and how they became terribly misconstrued. We learned how to check multiple documents for the same issue and we looked at our current government through multiple lenses to get accurate information about the world around us. I learned less about wars than I thought I would, instead I learned about the creation of many social, environmental, political, and economical structures that were set up over the years. One of my other favorite parts of the course was getting to watch and partake in the decade skits that took place after the AP test. They were fun, creative, and highly informational.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    You should always be taking notes and reviewing them alongside your text. She uses lecture style teaching with the expectation that because you at least read the text once that you are highly familiar with it, so the more you read it and annotate it, the better you will do. She asks a good amount of difficult questions every day so be prepared. Don't be afraid of her like she pretends she wants you to be, she is tough but one of the best teachers I've ever had. And NEVER put off your homework, it will be disadvantageous in multiple ways. She also expects a higher range of vocabulary, so study up your more complex words, and if you see a word you don't know, look it up. She will help you become college ready.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mrs. Towne
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates

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