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HISTORY J08 History of the Americas

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    Jan 09, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course because of the new information you learn that deals with not just US involvement in wars and deals and such, but other countries that played a big role in events that are significant to US history.

    Course highlights:

    I was able to learn new perspectives of different countries and their contributions to certain wars, for example World War 2, and I was also able to pull outside information to apply to lessons we are learning.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS AND DO THE READING ASSIGNMENTS EVERYTHING MR.S ASSIGNS IS FOR A REASON AND DOES HELP YOU.

    • Winter 2017
    • mr . sisson
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    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jun 01, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course as it is filled with rich history of Latin America, an area not thoroughly covered in most history classes. Also the course is taught by one of the best teachers at Gateway High School who works incredibly hard to ensure your success.

    Course highlights:

    What I gained from taking this course was the obvious, new historical information to store in my brain. However I also gained new perspectives on different pieces of history I have known throughout my high school career. As this was an IB course, there was a mandatory internal assessment which was painful at the time, but taught me how to correctly write a history paper, something I will need in the future.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not forget that in order to be successful, you yourself must take action and not completely rely on the teacher. Every student understands their own pace and ability to memorize historical information. You should read the book, create study groups, or get help online. It all depends on your learning patterns.

    • Fall 2016
    • Scott Sisson
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    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jan 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class wholeheartedly. Although at the beginning it was rather slow and uninteresting, when we started discussing the course material we had very animated arguments and fun discussions about Latin America.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. For example, in Mexico during the Mexican Revolution there was a lot of US interference. We were responsible for the induction of one leader and the ousting of another. We were always attempting to have control over the leader of Mexico and we wanted favoritism regarding international trade.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    If you decide to take this course, be prepared to actually put in time to work. It is fun and entertaining during the day and you can definitely talk about the material outside of class, but it is necessary to keep up with the reading material and take good notes, if you want to get a good grade of course.

    • Fall 2015
    • Scott Sisson
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    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments Great Discussions

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