International Baccalaureate Program
George Washington High School
Instructor: Mr. Eric May
Course Website: www.mistermay.weebly.com
Location: Room 120
Overview: This document is designed to give you a “bird’s eye view” of this course, my expectations, and the resources you’ll be using throughout this year. Once you have finished reviewing this information, make sure to have your parent or guardian fill out and sign the last page of this document before submitting it to me.
Availability: I am available to answer questions regarding course information, as well as any other questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year. An excellent way to contact me is through email – I will check my email daily, though any emails sent to me after 5 pm may not be seen until the next day. Additionally, I will be available in Room 120 after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment.
Course Description: Welcome to your first course in your study of history in the International Baccalaureate program, History of the Americas. Be warned: This is a college-level course! The readings in this class are college-level readings. You will be reading many primary sources and other historians’ interpretations. The reading and writing load for this course is demanding. However, always remember that the goal of this course is to give you the best possible preparation for your college career – you may even earn college-level credit
The purpose of this course is to prepare you for the IB exam and for college. Since your exam will be taken at the end of your senior year, it is critical that you save your assignments and notes in an organized format. You will need them to study for the exam. We will be creating study guides, note cards, and mind maps for your use for each unit – having these next year will make your exam preparation much easier.