Newnan High School Twitter Assignment

Mr. John Garner

(This page includes staff biography, schedule and syllabus for the classes that they are teaching.)


Education: Attended the University of West Georgia, receiving a B.S. in History Secondary Education.
Attended the University of West Georgia and completed a M.Ed in Social Studies.
Completed Gifted Endorsement, 2013.

 Family: Is married and has four children- Madison, Austin, Molly and Anna.

Also serves as the Co-Head Wrestling coach.

Also is one of the sponsors of the History Club and is the main sponsor of the History Bowl team at NHS.

Hobbies: Enjoys reading and travel.

Andrew Carnegie

Schedule 2017-2018

First Term

First Block- AP Government

Second Block- Planning

Third Block- Gifted Civics

Fourth Block- Gifted Civics


Second Term

First Block- AP Geography

Second Block- Planning

Third Block- AP Geography

Fourth Block- Advanced Civics


Advanced Placement Government and Politics



Name: John Garner, M.Ed

Social Media and Websites:

* Twitter: @garnerworld

*Quizlet Class: Garner’s AP Government


Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tutoring Times: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8 in my classroom                    



    The advanced Placement Program is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course in American Government and Politics.  The course is designed to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States.  The class involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies.  It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American political reality.

    This course serves as an introduction to the U.S. national government.  It is taught with the conviction that students want to know not only who governs but what difference it makes who governs. In short, the course attempts to demonstrate how our government institutions and political processes help explain why some policies and not others are adopted.


The major units of study are:

  1. Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government: (5-15%)

The study of United States politics requires knowledge of the kind of government the Constitution established and, in particular, the concept of separation of powers and federalism.  Understanding the latter involves knowledge of the historical situation at the time of the Constitutional Convention and a grasp of the ideological and philosophical traditions on which the framers drew.

  1. Political Beliefs and Behaviors:(10-20%)

It is important for students to understand the variety of beliefs that Americans hold about their government, how these beliefs evolve and the processes by which they are transmitted—the family, school, media, etc.  In addition, students need to understand what leads citizens to differ from one another in their beliefs and behaviors.

III. Political Parties, Interest Groups and the Media: (10-20%)

Students will examine the history of the United States political party system, the functions and structure of parties, and the effects they have on the political process. Students will also study what interest groups do, how they do it, and how this influences the political process.

  1. Institutions of the National Government: (35-45%)

Students become familiar with the organizations and powers of the Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the federal courts. Students are expected to gain understanding of the formal and informal powers of these institutions and how they relate to one another.  In addition, the ties between the branches of government and political parties, interest groups, public opinion, the media, and state and local government is expected.

  1. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties:(5-15%)

This study involves an analysis of the workings of the Supreme Court and an understanding of its most significant decisions. Students examine constitutional interpretations of freedom of speech, assembly, and expression, the rights of the accused, and the rights of minority groups.

  1. Public Policy: (5-15%)

The final area of study involves an analysis of government policy and the making of that policy. Students will examine economic, welfare, foreign, military and environmental policy.


Wolfford, David. United States Government and Politics. 2015 ed. AMSCO SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS, INC.




Each student is expected to keep an assignment binder with dividers.  The binder sections will be discussed in class.    

Each student is also required to keep a writing journal. (Composition notebook).



  1. Readings: Students are responsible for reading all assigned material.
  2. Study Questions and Vocabulary: Given for each chapter and must be keep in a binder which will be collected at the end of each unit.  
  3. Issue Reports: Based on assigned readings. Each issue report must be 2 pages--typed with 1 inch margins, 12 point font and double spaced.
  4. Research Projects: These projects are intended to expand knowledge by researching current issues and institutions.
  5. Homework Essays or FRQ: Based on a reading or topic discussed in class.
  6. Current Events: Students will be reading and reviewing current events daily through ICitizen, The Week, CNN Student News, and various other medias.
  7. Charts, Graphs, & Maps: Students must be able to read and interpret charts, graphs, and maps. Students will be assessed formally and informally throughout the semester on this skill. Students must master this skill as it will be assess on the AP exam.


  1. Essay Exams: Each essay exam will consist of one or two questions with a time limit of 25 minutes per question.  
  2. Multiple-Choice Exams: Given at the end of each chapter and unit. There is a time limit of forty-five minutes for completion of each multiple-choice exam. The percentage scale for multiple choice exams is the same as the school's grading policy.
  3. Quizzes: Based on readings, lectures, vocabulary and/or films.
  4. AP Multiple Choice Exams: At appointed intervals, multiple-choice exams will be given which will contain questions from past AP exams.
  5. If you miss days prior to an assessment, you are still expected to take the exam on the given date. You are expected to check Google classroom/email every day.
  6. Exam Review:Test are available to review in my presence during my tutoring hours only. I do not return your exams to you.  


The AP US Government and Politics Exam is 2 hours and 25 minutes. It includes a 60 question multiple choice segment and four free response questions. The exam will take place on May 10 at 8 a.m. You will pay for the exam during the Spring semester so listen out for the announcements.

*The AP exam is not mandatory


Final grades will be based on the following:

  1. Multiple choice exams and essay exams
  2. Issue Reports and Research Projects
  3. Quizzes, USA Test Prep, homework essays, and binders

* Students will have ample opportunities to receive bonus points but they will only be given to the class as a whole. They will never be assigned to individual students.

Grading in advanced placement is weighted, with the exception of a grade below a 70.

Cheating: This class will follow Newnan High School’s honor code outlined in the student handbook. Any plagiarized documents, copied homework or outright cheating on a test will result in a 0 on the assignment and disciplinary action.


  1. The attendance policy will be enforced.
  2. Any missed tests for excused absences must be completed within three days of your return to school. Meet with Mr. Garner about setting up a time before or after school to make up the exam. It will not be taken during class time.
  3. Late assignments will not be accepted.


*Schedule is tentative. May be changed based on teacher's discretion.

*All chapter reading quizzes will be given on the second day of the chapter as notated below and on the class calendar.

Dates            Readings        Content

August 4-10        Chapter 1        The Constitution

August 11-16        Chapter 2        Federalism

August 17        Unit 1 Test        Constitutional Underpinnings

August 18-24        Chapter 3        Public Opinion

August 25-30        Chapter 4        Political Participation

August 31        Unit 2 Test        Political Beliefs and Behaviors

Sept. 1-8        Chapter 5        Political Parties

Sept. 11-15        Chapter 6        Campaigns and Finances

Sept. 18-21        Chapter 7        Interest Groups

Sept. 22-27        Chapter 8        Media

Sept. 28            Unit 3 Test        Pol Parties, Inter. Groups and Mass Media

Sept. 29-Oct 3        Unit 1-3 Review        All of the Above

Oct. 4            Midterm Exam        Unit 1-3

Oct. 10-16        Chapter 9        Congress

Oct. 17-20        Chapter 10        The Presidency

Oct. 23-26        Chapter 11        The Bureaucracy

Oct. 27-Nov 1        Chapter 12        The Judiciary

November 2        Unit 4 Test        Institutions of a National Government           

Nov. 3-9            Chapter 13        Civil Rights

Nov. 10-16        Chapter 14        Civil Liberties

November 17        Unit 5 Test        Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

November 19-25         Thanksgiving Break

November 27-30        Chapter 15        Domestic Policy

Dec 1-Dec 6        Chapter 16        Foreign and Military Policy

December 7        Unit 6 Test        Public Policy

December 8        Student Vet Connect

December 11-13        Class Review        All of Content Covered

December 14        Final Exam        All of Content Covered

Please note: I reserve the right to adjust certain sections of the course syllabus throughout the semester to more adequately meet the needs, abilities, and interest of the students.

Gifted Civics


Name: John Garner, M.Ed

Social Media and Websites:

* Twitter: @garnerworld

*Quizlet Class: Garner’s Civics Class


Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tutoring Times: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30-8 in my classroom         


Course Description

The government course provides students with a background in the philosophy, functions, and structure of the United States government. Students examine the philosophical foundations of the United States government and how that philosophy developed. Students also examine the structure and function of the United States government and its relationship to states and citizens.


Themes to be studied:

Unit 1: Connecting Themes

Unit 2: Foundations of American Government

Unit 3: The United States Constitution

Unit 4: The Federal System of Government

Unit 5: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Unit 6: The Legislative Branch

Unit 7: The Executive Branch, Federal Bureaucracy, and Foreign Policy

Unit 8: The Election Process and Civic Responsibility

Unit 9: The Judicial Branch and the Criminal Justice Process

Unit 10: Georgia Government and the State Constitution


Teaching Method


Individual reading & writing assignments

Cooperative/Group learning

Videos & News Streams

Internet and Home Projects

Guest Speaker Analysis


Required Material:

  • 2” 3-ring binder           
  • Dividers
  • Pencils, pens, and highlighters   

Categories for Binder: TBD


Participation - All students will be required to participate in class discussions, debates, and other activities, which are part of the course curriculum. All students are expected to be prepared to begin class immediately at the bell.

Cheating/Copying: Any paper, or work, copied from another person, or a web site, will result in a grade of zero. In short, cheating on any assignment will result in a zero and possible disciplinary action.

Homework Policy: Homework will be accepted on the day it is due or on the first day following an absence. Because each homework assignment is tied to course objectives and test, doing homework will improve your grade.

---Late Policy: Work may be turned in one day late, but will incur a 30% deduction from the grade. after one day, the student will receive a 0.



  • The attendance policy will be enforced.
  • Late assignments will not be accepted.
  • Makeup Work: Students have three days to make up any work missed after an excused absent. Students should turn in any work previously assigned and due while they were absent. If you miss only the day of the test, then you will need makeup the test during tutoring hours within 3 days of the absence. It is the responsibility of the student to find out any assignment missed and/or turn in any work due.

Test Retakes: There are no test corrections or test retakes. We will however review the assessment after everyone has taken it to reteach any concepts that were not learned the first time.

Assignment Grading Percentages:

  • Pretest                                0%
  • Present: Homework, Warmups, Notes and Notebook checks        10%
  • Practice: Classwork, Projects, Labs, Quizzes                40%
  • Major Test:                            30%
  • Nine Weeks Exam                        20%

*The SGA given at the end of the semester will be calculated into your final grade.

* Students will have ample opportunities to receive bonus points but they will only be given to the class as a whole. They will never be assigned to individual students.

*Grading in advanced classes is weighted, with the exception of a grade below a 70.

Mr. Frank Henderson

(This page includes staff biography, schedule and syllabus for the classes that they are teaching.)


Education: BA History and Psychology from University of West Georgia and a BA Secondary Education from Middle Tennessee State University. 
He also has an M.Ed in History from the University of West Georgia and an EdS from Lincoln Memorial University.

Teaches World History, AP European History and WWII.

Married to Nikki, an English teacher at Newnan High School and has 2 children, Jude and Lanie.

He is presently coaching Girl's soccer.

Hobbies: Cooking and fishing.

Sir Winston Churchill

Schedule 2017-2018

First Term

First Block- Planning

Second Block- AP European History

Third Block- World War II

Fourth Block- AP European History


Second Term

First Block- Planning

Second Block- AP European History

Third Block- World War II

Fourth Block- AP European History





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 Purpose: Advanced World History/AP European History is a college prep course that provides students with an academic experience equivalent to a freshman / sophomore college survey of western history. The course is specifically designed to provide students with an in-depth study of European history from the 15th century through the modern day while also discussing the earliest histories of mankind. In addition to course content, the course is specifically designed to enhance student analytical reading and essay writing skills.

 Students successfully mastering the course material may earn college credit by passing the annually administered AP European history exam; the individual college or university determines how many, or if, any credits will be granted for the AP exam score.

 Course Overview: Advanced world History/AP European History is a yearlong course that examines World and specifically European history.  

In addition to exposing students to the historical content this AP course will also train students to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events. Students will learn to take notes from both printed materials and lectures or discussions, write essay examinations, and write analytical and research papers. They should be able to express themselves with clarity and precision and know how to cite sources and credit the phrases and ideas of others.

Objective: To take and Pass the AP College Board Exam

This course is more than the collection and retention of facts; it expects to develop a level of critical thinking that will be vital in college and beyond. The skills required of students in the course are:

• Time management, organization, and study skills

• Careful reading of a long and varied reading list

• looking for and evaluating historical interpretations

• writing well-constructed essays under time pressure

• understanding cause-and-effect relationships

• seeing historical analogies among historical circumstances and over time periods

Classroom Materials:

2 inch or larger three ring binder w/paper & section dividers

Pencils and blue or black ink pens

A pack of multicolored highlighters

A pack of color pencils

A copy of Birdsall’s: A Modern European History (MINE OR YOUR OWN)


Course Format

This course will be a combination of lecture and group activity formats. The primary student responsibility will be to understand the course readings. Students will be expected to read outside of class, so that the bulk of class time will be available for questions and discussion. Groups of roughly 3-6 students each will serve to organize discussions, prepare for presentations. With the support of the groups, each student will be expected to guide a class section over an assigned problem or concept.

Exams and Exercises

Students will be given quizzes or tests after almost every chapter or unit of study– roughly every week and a half. Most will combine 20 or more multiple-choice questions with a single essay question. The source for the questions will be the released AP Exams and the AP Exam Prep Books. In the beginning I will prepare the students by giving them the essay question in advance, but over time that will be withdrawn, to be replaced with two or three possible questions to prepare for and, eventually, a question presented on the day the exam itself. In cases of particularly difficult or broad chapters, students will be able to choose from two essay questions (something of a reflection of the AP Exam itself). Multiple-choice questions are scored in the same manner as the AP Exam and the essay will be graded using the AP’s rubric for the FRQ. Students will complete the review exercises, worksheets, vocabulary, flash cards and a unit Notebook for each chapter and present them at the time of the chapter exam.

 Texts and Secondary Sources:

Kagan, D., et al The Western Heritage since 1300: 8th edition Prentice Hall 2004

Viault, Birdsall Modern European History McGraw Hill **You need to Purchase by week 3**This may also be checked out from me, supply is limited**

Unit Outlines: Will be provided in a shared folder in Google Classroom or you can bring in a Flash Drive beginning with Medieval Europe.

**Students will be responsible for printing and bringing in any materials required for the class. If you have printer issues please inform me in advance, not the day of the assignment.



Grading and Assignments:

All assignments, readings, test, essays, etc. will be provided weekly. You will be EXPECTED to read some, or all, of the assigned material (chapter) by the beginning of the week for which that material is assigned. I will occasionally, and arbitrarily, give a quiz (open written notes) to insure that you have done the required reading and completed your reading log. You will be required to maintain a notebook which will include major terms defined from each chapter, daily notes taken during class, and essays.

Participation - All students will be required to participate in class discussions, debates, and other activities, which are part of the course curriculum. All students are expected to be prepared to begin class immediately at the bell.

Grading Policy:

Grades are issued every nine weeks based on the following formula:

Exams -20%- Semester Exam (one will be given at the end of nine weeks and the semester)


Projects/Participation- 10% (includes all class activities and events)

Daily work/ DBQ’s/ FRQ’s/SAQ’s/quizzes-40% (DBQ’s and FRQ’s can count double)

***Extra credit will be available periodically***This is not for those missing work, but for those working who wish to increase their average**

All students must take the Semester in class Exams. All students will be given a computer printout of their grades at the end of each nine-week grading period.

Cheating/Copying:Any paper, or work, copied from another person, or a web site, will result in a grade of zero. In short, cheating on any assignment will result in a zero and possible disciplinary action.

Make-Up Work: It is the student’s responsibility to make-up any work missed because of any absence,    (notes, quizzes, test, etc.). Individuals should refer to the make-up policy outlined in the NHS Student Handbook. All make-up work must be completed within 3 school days after you return.  All make-up tests and quizzes will be scheduled at my convenience with you having at least 24-hours notice.  Field trip and competition absences will only get one day to make up the work. Essays not turned in on time will lose 15 points for each day that they are late.  Late work will lose 5 points each day. MAKE-UP WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE MORNING OR AFTERNOON AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.






Welcome to World War II. In the years following World War I the world changed. It will be the focus of this class to look at how the events following the First World War lead to World War II and how the people, technology, landscapes and world was changed by the war. Hopefully by the end of the term you will have a deeper and more appreciative understanding of the sacrifices made not only on the battlefields, but also on the home front. It is my goal to introduce you to as many aspects of the war as possible. Many of you know the dates and major events, but unfortunately the “forest” has obscured the “trees”.

Required materials

**You must have a 1GB or larger thumb drive to be able to receive all class work, notes, and lessons**

I will not be printing notes, handouts, or work to give you it will be your responsibility.

1 composition notebook for speaker journals (this is the easiest way to keep up with your journals)

Pencils/Pens (blue-black)

Color Pencils (This is a must due to mapping activities)

Highlighters (Multiple colors if possible)

Computer and Internet Access (many activities require the net) For Edmodo

Grades: All work is expected on the day it is due. Late work is an automatic 30 point reduction of your grade. Take home tests, quizzes and Journals will NOT be accepted late. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Tests 30%-          We will test not by chapters, but by units. This also includes assigned readings.

Since there is not a Text for the class it is essential that you take good notes and pay close attention. Good Attendance is necessary to do well. If a test is sent home it must be turned in on the day due or you will receive a 0 for that test.

Quizzes- Daily Work: 40%-This includes notes, vocabulary, and can be visual, oral, or written.

                                             These will generally be in class, closed notes- unless otherwise specified be me.

There will be NO pop quizzes given. Some quizzes may be based strictly on assigned readings. This includes all assignments done in and out of class.

                                             This work is paramount to passing the class

Journals: 10%-                 These will be completed on a bi-weekly basis.

                                             They will include reactions to speakers, videos, readings and lectures.

Final Journals and projects: 20%- You will complete multiple projects throughout each 9 weeks.

Some Projects are done as part of a group, others as an individual



**Please allow me the 2-3 days following an assignments due date to enter the grades into Infinite Campus. I will make every effort to be diligent in getting items into the system. **

Twitter @hendyanajones

Google Classroom Code: giqb6e (must have a gmail account-school assigned)

Celly: text@WW2015to 23559

COURSE OUTLINE AND SCHEDULE: Some of the topics may be covered by outside readings and/or assignments due to time constraints.

(This is tentative & therefore may change)

Unit 1: Introduction to Post WW1 World

          Background to WW2

                    Building the Allies & Axis Powers

                    Prelude to War

                    Depressions of the world

Unit 2: The Gathering Storm1931-1939

                    World Leaders

                    Hitler’s War Machine-Luftwaffe & Wehrmacht

                    Alliances and Isolationism

                    Failed diplomacy

                  Pre-War invasions

                              Europe & Pacific

Unit 3: Military set up and command (This may be done within other lessons)

                    Ranking officers and enlisted men

                    Insignias and set up of armies

                    Military terms and slang

                    Pre-war capabilities

Unit 4: Invasion and War

                    Hitler’s early conquests

                    Declarations of war

                    Poland, Belgium, France, Denmark, etc..

                    Battle of Britain

                    War in the Atlantic

                    British in North Africa

                    US isolationism & help

Unit 5: Americas divided nation

                    Lend-Lease, Cash & Carry

                    Undeclared war in Atlantic, assisting China

                    Ready to fight?

                    Pearl Harbor all sides & reaction

                    America down but in the war

Unit 6: Military commanders

                    US, German, English, Russian

                    Who’s Who of WW2?

                    Basic of War

                    Weapons of War

                              Main weapons used on all fronts in the air and on the ground

                              Unit 7: Russian Front

                    All Aspects of the battles that truly won the war in Europe

                    From Stalingrad – Kursk

Unit 8: The Atlantic War: Battle for naval supremacy

          Allies in North Africa

          Invasion of Sicily & Italy


Unit 9: Closing the Vice on Hitler’s Fortress Europe

                    Soviet Advances

          D-Day all aspects

          Marching towards Berlin

                    Major Operations from D-Day to Bastogne

Unit 10: Hitler’s final days

                    Yalta, Dresden, Ramagen

                    Fall of Third Reich & Soviet Capture

                    V-E Day-Aftermath and results

                    Hitler’s Mistakes

Unit 11: The Holocaust


Unit 12: Review Pearl Harbor-opening Japanese attacks

                    US in Pacific-THE MARINES

                    Most use weapons & planes

                    Strategy & Commanders for both sides

          Japanese invasions of Asia & Bushido theories

                    Burma to Philippines to China

                    1941-1942 Japanese victories

Unit 13: War in the Pacific

                    Jan. 1942-Midway

          Turning the tide-Island Hopping

                    Tarawa, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Iwo Jima

             Flags of Our Fathers-Novel

          Feb. 1945-July 1945

                    Japanese resistance

                    Death of Roosevelt

                    Air bases established

Unit 14: The A-Bomb

                    Planning – Use

                    Debates on necessity

                    Planned Japanese mainland invasions

                              Potsdam & Trinity

                    Ending the war with a Bang

                              Reaction to the Bomb

                    V-J Day

                              Results of Pacific War & Impact

Unit 15: The world after WW2

                    Post war Europe, Asia, & America

                    New countries created

                    The Arms Race

                    “The real legacy of the war”







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