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HISTORY IBH300B IB History of the Americas

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  • Average Rating (from 3 Students)

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    Always Do the Reading

    Lots of Writing

    Many Small Assignments

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    Feb 13, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Don't procrastinate and really do close readings. It is important if you want to pass the tests. I found that it was nice to have a binder because even though the teacher puts a lot of the stuff in your Google Docs it is hard to keep track of all the huge readings, packets and papers she hands out that you sometimes have to keep over the course of 4 months. Also, EAGA is a really really long unit but when it ends everyone is happy and you've accomplished a lot.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were that since I was in seventh period it was a relatively small class of 18 people and we were able to have a better teacher to student ratio compared to most classes in public school. I learned the William Taft had a custom bath tub made for him because he was +300 lbs. You start to see that a lot of the presidents that you awed over when you were younger had quite a few flaws.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make a study guide throughout the unit and study through it. Don't cram the last minute, you'll forget and have to recall it later for other stuff. The tests are all multiple choice but don't let that trick you because some of the questions are very close in options. Quizlet is most definitely your friend and you can probably find a lot online from other students.

    • Winter 2017
    • Angela Lecel
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments
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    Dec 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    We wrote a lot of argumentative essays which at times can be difficult given the prompt, but this was definitely helpful because it gave me a way to construct essays in the future. The class with its fairly large (but manageable) workload helped me to develop time-management skills.

    Course highlights:

    We were required to analyze different texts from different historians, such as Patricia Nelson Limerick, Walter LaFeber, and Frederick Jackson Turner. We were also required to use these texts and other resources to develop our own arguments for the essays given, as mentioned before. We learned about the United States' entrance into global affairs (EAGA unit) with its involvement in the Spanish-American War and with the coming of the progressive presidents: William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson. This was most definitely the hardest unit and was divided into four sub-units. We also learned about WWII which was my favorite.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Never procrastinate EVER! I cannot stress that enough especially for this class. Even the regular assignments took a minimum of two hours with no distractions. Luckily these are usually weekly assignments with two a week every now and then. So you are given the assignment several days prior to when it is due and I highly reccomend that you finish it two days before it's due because if you are doing full IB (International Baccalaureate), the homework will always pile up and it will be impossible to finish it the night before it's due.

    • Fall 2016
    • Angela Lecel
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Nov 26, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is an extremely difficult class, and I did not actually learn a lot. It was the class in which I got the most homework, most of which, I had to skim to finish in time any way, so I didn't learn a lot.

    Course highlights:

    It is an interesting course because it focuses on building analytical skills, however it is how it approaches these skills that makes this not a great course. It also focuses on history in places in the Americas that is not the US, especially Brazil.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to keep up on the homework form the start, and learn the material as you go, do not just wait until before the test to cram. The in class essays are actually very useful and bold old skills, and you should go talk to the teacher after you get scores back because the comments she makes are not specific enough to help.

    • Fall 2016
    • Angela Lecel
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading


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