SHOuld i take honors history?
Arlington High School
History and Social Studies Department: 2018-2019
What does it mean to take Honors History?
The Arlington History department wants to set its honors students up to be as successful as possible. Though each student is different, we have found that students who exhibit a certain set of dispositions, work ethic, and habits of mind find the greatest success in honors (this encompasses more than a student’s history letter grade). Think about the list below and if you are able to meet all of the criteria laid out:
- Successful honors students should consistently attend class and be responsible for making up work after absences in a timely manner.
- Students should complete homework at a 95% rate or higher without any prompting from parents and teachers.
- Students should be active participants in class discussion: volunteering to speak, building off of others’ statements, and asking well-focused questions.
- Students should be able to articulate an opinion and then support it with evidence both in writing and orally. They should be able to read from multiple sources and synthesize and analyze this information into clear argumentative or informative writing without teacher supports.
- Students should be curious about the world. They should be knowledgeable about current events and take in news sources regularly and independently.
- Students should read for pleasure.
- Students should be motivated
- by a desire to master the material;
- to work hard every day;
- to make connections between what they are learning and the world they live in
- Students should
- enter the class knowing how to prepare for tests and quizzes without in-class review
- synthesize and analyze documents and materials during assessments that have not been explicitly taught in class
- have a solid organizational skill base and be able to take organized, thorough notes during class and outside of class (taking notes and outlining from informational texts and primary sources)
- Students, in all forms of course assessments, should exhibit a high level of achievement and demonstrate a mastery of content in order to continue at the Honors level in subsequent years.
- Students, on the whole, should welcome a challenge, and be resilient in the face of failure. Honors is a hard curriculum for all of our students, and a big part of the process is learning from mistakes and improving after failure.
Adapted from Burlington High School’s History Department