• Course Syllabus/IRHS

    US/AZ History


    Marty Wenzel Undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Secondary Education. Masters degree in Special Education-Learning Disabilities. Arizona state teaching certificates in Special Education-Learning Disabled, Secondary Social Studies and Sheltered English Immersion.


    How you can reach me

    Classroom-306                                                           Phone 407-4272

    e-mail mwenzel@amphi.com                                        Lunch period 2nd lunch

    Conference periods Wednesday and Thursday              Planning/Advocacy-6th


    I am available to meet with students during conference periods. I am also available, by appointment, during 2nd lunch or before and after school. I can meet with parents during scheduled appointments before or after school. I am the advisor of the Key Club so there are occasions when there may be a meeting in my classroom during conference period. You are still welcome to come in and talk with me while the meeting is in progress.


    Course Description

    This is a 1 credit, 2 semester course with a curriculum covering the history of the United States from the 1400s to present and Arizona History.



    Subject matter taught will include-

    • Colonization and Settlement
    • Revolution and the New Nation
    • Expansion and Reform
    • Civil War and Reconstruction
    • The development of the Industrial United States
    • The emergence of Modern America
    • The Great Depression and WWII
    • Postwar United States
    • Contemporary United States


    Course Objectives

    This course will address the Arizona State Standards for history. Students will analyze the human experience through time, recognize the relationships of events and people and interpret significant patterns, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in Arizona and American History.


    Required Materials

    You will need to check out a copy of United States History from the IRHS bookstore. This book is to be kept at home to help you with any homework assignments and studying for tests. There will be a book available in class for work to be completed in class. Supplementary materials will include atlases, maps and worksheets that enhance the curriculum. These will be available in the classroom.


    • supply of lined, 3 hole punched notebook
    • paperpencils or pens (blue or black only)
    • binder or notebook (for this class only) to keep your materials organized
    • composition notebook
    • planner (this is required and will be used daily)


    Attendance Policy

    IRHS has an attendance policy that is outlined in your student handbook. Please familiarize yourself with it. The policy states that a student may lose credit because of excessive absences; excused or unexcused.


    Make-up work

    Time allowed for make-up work will be consistent with district and school policy. Students will have one day for every day absent to make up missed work. It is the student’s responsibility to find out what work you missed. You can do this before or after class or during conference period.


    Late Work

    Late work may be accepted, at my discretion, with a reduction in points. Long term assignments and projects are due on the day assigned. If you are absent on the due date, the project is due the day that you return.  


    Tardy Policy

    Chronic tardies show a lack of respect for the teacher and other students. Any unexcused tardy after the 3rd tardy will be referred to an administrator as insubordination. A student coming late from the office or another class must take the responsibility to get a pass. On time to class means being seated when the bell rings.


    Grading Policy

    Class assignments                                           40%

    Homework                                                      20%

    Tests                                                              20%

    Attendance/participation                                  10%

    Midterm/final                                                  10%    


    Online Grades

    Please use the IRHS homepage to sign in to the Parent Portal and view grades and assignments for this class. Grades will be updated at least weekly. Grade printouts will also be given to students periodically and are available upon request. Please feel free to call or email me with any concerns or questions about grades in my class. mwenzel@amphi.com or 407-4272. Appointments to meet with you are always available as well.

    Extra Credit

    Do not count on extra credit as a way to pass this class. There will be very little extra credit offered and when it is it will not be anything quick and easy to bring your grade to passing.

    Hall Passes

    Please get drinks and use the restroom during passing period. You will not be allowed to use passes during he first 10 or last 10 minutes of class and not at all if you are tardy.

    Miscellaneous Information

    • NO food or drink is allowed in any classroom.       Bottled water is the only exception.
    • Personal Electronic Devices (cell phones, Ipods, etc) may only be used with teacher permissions. Phones should be turned off and put away during class. Please refer to the student handbook for the discipline policy concerning PEDs and please remember that “you bring your devices at your own risk”.
    • The couch and chairs along the side and back of the room are not to be used during class unless permission has been given.