Course: LET IV, MS342, Army JROTC
MS342 1st Semester
Academic term and year: Fall 2017
Course information: Red Mountain High School Campus, Portable 600 Classroom 1
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For questions that may be of general interest to the class, please use the general course discussion board in Canvas. For more specific questions about the class, or to discuss matters that are personal in any way, please send me a message in Canvas.
Please do not hesitate to contact me whenever you have concerns about how well you are doing or if you need help. This not only helps you get assistance you need, but also provides valuable feedback as to how the course can be improved.
The JROTC curriculum develops an appreciation for the importance of physical fitness in maintaining good health and appearance. You will learn basic information about nutrition and exercise. You will also explore the values and principles that underlie good citizenship. Emphasis is placed on topics such as the importance of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights; responsibility of U.S. citizens; basic national values; the U.S. federal justice system; and service to the community. In conjunction with citizenship, cadets are introduced to a variety of significant events and historical figures that contributed to our citizenship and American history. LET III focuses on basic to intermediate leadership development
The JROTC core abilities describe the broad, life-long skills that every cadet needs for success in all career and life roles. They are drawn from the overall goals and values that drive the JROTC program. Core abilities are not learned in one lesson or Leadership Education Training course, but rather they are linked to lesson competencies in order to integrate or thread them throughout the JROTC curriculum. In each lesson, the core abilities will be introduced, taught, reinforced and assessed. Every student should know all of the core abilities as they are essential, value-added skills that every employer seeks. These core abilities are:
- Take responsibility for your actions and choices
- Apply critical thinking techniques
- Communicate using verbal, non-verbal, visual, and written techniques
- Build your capacity for life-long learning
- Do your share as a good citizen in your school, community, country and the world
- Treat self and others with respect
Required and Recommended Texts and Materials:
Intro to JROTC & Leadership Theory/Application (JROTC 145-U1/2-SCT)
Foundations for Success & Wellness/Fitness/ First Aid (JROTC 145-U3/4-SCT)
Geography and Earth Science (JROTC 145-U5-SCT
Citizenship and American History (JROTC 145-U6-SCT)
Marksmanship Team & Safety and Training: Prior to trying out for the team all students must take an air rifle safety class and score 100% on the test before they can start training with the team.
Student Citizenship Training Program (ROTCM 145-4-1-YTP)
Unlocking Your Potential (ROTCM 145-4-1-UYP)
Power Learning (ROTCM 145-4-4-PW)
Cadet Reference Guide
Drill and Ceremony Manual FM 3-21.5
The course consists of 16 modules over 16 weeks. Each module corresponds to one week. Modules contain some or all of the following components:
- Announcements: Be sure to check this link (in the frame at the left of Canvas). Here will you find time-sensitive announcements, reminders, and changes.
- Writing Assignments: The goal of the written assignments is for the student to think about issues and ideas related to the subject area. The assignments are meant to validate that you are doing the work and researching / learning, they are not busy work or meant to be a burden. Eight modules will have assignments to demonstrate that you understand that week’s main concepts and will be grade with a rubric provided. Each week’s Assignment is due Thursday.
- Discussions: You will benefit greatly by leveraging the vast experience everyone has in this course by participating in the discussions fully. There are 8 discussion boards. Here you will reply to the question posed on the Discussion Board. Discussion Board postings are designed to prompt you to reflect on that week’s lessons. You will read the discussion posts of your classmates to get a sense of the variety of perspectives and viewpoints on a particular topic. It is important to engage in discussions to build a sense of community and camaraderie. Please take the time to read and respond to each other’s posts. A rubric will be used to assess discussion board posts. Some discussion boards are not graded but are there to allow you to support each other and work together. Please see info about netiquette below.
- Journal Entry: You will write journal entries reflecting your experience to date.
- Quizzes: Reading quizzes will be given in most modules to check your understanding of the readings and to highlight important concepts. There will be 8 graded quizzes. Quizzes will be multiple choice, true/false, and short answer. Each quiz is worth 10 points.
- Final Exam: The final exam will be a short answer/essay exam.
- NOTE: You are able to access everything you need for each week’s work from within that week’s module.
All aspects of the cadet’s performance are considered for the term and/or semester grade to include:
- Academics(30%)- Quizzes, tests, examinations, presentations, homework, etc.
- Participation (30%)- JROTC, school and community support activities. Members of the corps of cadets are given the opportunity to participate in numerous school, community, adventure, athletic, competitive and social activities to satisfy their participation requirement.
- Uniform Inspections (40%) See uniform policy detailed below.
Letter grades are assigned in accordance with the Mesa Public Schools grading policy. All Corps activities are detailed on the weekly training schedule which is published and posted to the Corps bulletin board two weeks in advance. It is each cadet’s responsibility to check (read) the bulletin board daily.
80 total (10 points each)
A = 405-450 (90-100%)
8 Writing Assignments
160 total (20 points each)
B = 360-404 (80-89%)
80 total (10 points each)
C = 315-359 (70-79%)
3 Journal Entries
30 total (10 points each)
D = 270-314 (60-69%)
F = 0 – 269 (0-59%)
All assignments have a specific due date. Assignments may not be turned in late unless there is a legitimate emergency that must be documented, and you email me before the due date and ask for an extension. I consider each request on a case-by-case basis. Late assignments will automatically lose 10% of the grade for each week late.
All assignments must be submitted through Canvas unless otherwise noted. You must type your assignment in a Word document and then add it as an attachment to the Assignment module. Again, be sure to keep copies of all your work. You should submit your work in a standard typeface and size. Please use either 12 Times New Roman or 12 Arial in all Word documents. (This document is in 12 point Arial type.)
As per MPS policies, students are expected to attend classes (“the faculty member has the option of withdrawing a student who has accumulated unofficial absences in excess of the number of times a class meets per week”).
Course Assignment Schedule:
|U1-C2-L1||The Department of Defense||2|
|U1-C2-L2||The Active Army||2|
|U1-C2-L3||The Army Reserve Components||2|
|U2-C6-L1||Power Bases and Influence||2|
|U2-C6-L2||Styles of Leadership||2|
|U3-C11-L5||NEFE - Good Debt, Bad Debt: Using Credit Wisely||2|
|U3-C11-L6||NEFE - Insurance: Protecting What You Have||2|
|U3-C12-L1||Preparing to Teach||2|
|U3-C12-L2||Using and Developing Lesson Plans||2|
|U3-C12-L4||Using Variety in Your Lesson Plan||2|
|U3-C12-L5||Thinking Maps and Graphic Organizers||2|
|U3-C12-L6||Using Feedback in the Classroom||2|
|Physical Activity/Leader Assessment|
|LA_3||Squad Drill (U2-C2-L6)||8|
|LA_4||Platoon Drill (U2-C5-L1)||8|
|LA_5||Company Formations and Movements (U2-C5-L3)||8|
|LA_6||Forming, Inspecting, and Dismissing the Battalion (U2-C5-L4)||8|
|Service Learning/Community Service|
|SLCS_1||Service Learning/Community Service Preparation||4|
|U3-C8-L1||Orientation to Service Learning||2|
|U3-C8-L2||Plan and Train for Your Exploratory Project||2|
|U3-C8-L3||Project Reflection and Integration||2|
|Additional Required Teaching and Leadership Hours|
|ARTL_1||Additional Required Teaching and Leadership Hours
Note: Additional instruction on Cadet Lead training, supervising, mentoring, counseling, recruiting and retention.
|State and JROTC Electives|
Tips for Success:
- Communicate with your Teachers
- Attend every class meeting
- Schedule time to study, read, write, and research
- Know and use campus resources
- Get involved
- Develop effective time management skills
- Establish your academic goals
- Meet with academic advisers regularly
Required Computer Skills:
- Be able to access and navigate the internet.
- Be able to use email, including attaching and downloading files.
- Be able to save and retrieve files on your computer.
- Be able to use a computer, a keyboard, and a mouse or touch pad.
- Be able to run and operate a variety of software programs, including a word processor.
- Be able to organize, copy, paste, name and rename files.
- Be able to browse, upload and attach files.
- Be able to cut and paste information from one document/program to another.
- Access to a computer with Internet connection.
- MS Word or another word processing program that can save and export in RTF.
- Web browsers: The newest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Internet Explorer is not recommended (especially anything below IE 8).
- Plug-ins:Adobe Flash,Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Java.
Course & School Policies:
Students are responsible for the information in the syllabus and school policies included in MPS catalog and student handbook.
Academic Honesty/ Integrity:
Besides academic performance, students should exhibit the qualities of honesty and integrity. Every student is expected to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the Academic Misconduct Policy including cheating, plagiarism, and dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action. Refer to theStudent Handbook for information regarding Academic Misconduct and due process procedures.
Academic Misconduct (from Student Handbook)
A. Academic Misconduct - includes any conduct associated with the classroom, laboratory, or clinical learning process that is inconsistent with the published course competencies/ objectives and/or academic standards for the course, program, department, or institution. Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to: (a) cheating and plagiarism (including any assistance or collusion in such activities, or requests or offers to do so); (b) excessive absences; (c) use of abusive or profane language; and (d) disruptive behavior.
B. Cheating is any form of dishonesty in an academic exercise. It includes, but is not limited to, (a) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, examinations, or any other form of assessment whether or not the items are graded; (b) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the faculty member in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to or administered by the school or a member of the faculty or staff; and (d) fabrication of data, facts, or information.
C. Plagiarism is a form of cheating in which a student falsely represents another person’s work as his or her own – it includes, but is not limited to: (a) the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment; (b) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; and (c) information gathered from the internet and not properly identified.
Any student found by a faculty member to have committed academic misconduct may be subject to the following academic consequences, based on the faculty member’s judgment of the student’s academic performance
- Warning - A notice in writing to the student that the student has violated the academic standards as defined in 1.A.
- Grade Adjustment - Lowering of a grade on a test, assignment, or course.
- Discretionary assignments - Additional academic assignments determined by the faculty member.
- Course Failure - Failure of a student from a course where academic misconduct occurs.
You are expected to treat your instructor and your fellow classmates with respect. In all correspondence whether commuting in person or online, you should show respect for the viewpoints of others who may disagree with you or see things from a different perspective. Criticizing, ridiculing, insulting, or belittling others will not be accepted. Keep in mind that electronic communications do not have the advantage of nonverbal cues that are so much a part of interpersonal communication. Humor or satire can sometimes be misinterpreted in strictly electronic communication forums.
Activate and Access Your Mesa Public School Student Email
The Mesa Public School District provides every student with google-powered MPS Student Email upon enrollment. Red Mountain HS AJROTC uses this official student email to send information concerning class information, uniform changes, and other important student information. Students must activate this email account in order to receive these messages. Activate your MPS Student Email now at http://mpsaz.org
- Netiquette refers to the rules of behavior while on the Internet. When interacting within the online course environment, please follow the below guidelines.
- Show professionalism and courtesy in all communications within the course.
- No one else should be given access to the course or conferences without the instructor’s permission.
- Do not use the words or text from others without acknowledging the source.
- Humor can easily be misinterpreted within the online environment, please be cautious with the use of humor and use symbols to help prevent misunderstandings. :-‐) :-‐(
- Adhere to the same behavioral standards as you would in a face to face classroom and as is specified in the student handbook.
- Avoid typing in all capital letters, for those of us using the Internet frequently, this can seem like you are ‘yelling’.
- Respect other people’s time and contribute thoughtful comments and ideas to the discussions rather than simply making statements such as ‘I agree’.
- Use correct spelling and grammar. Avoid the use of abbreviations and use spell check within your word processor or within the course to check the spelling of your communications.
Withdrawing from the Course:
There are two kinds of withdrawal: student initiated withdrawal and instructor initiated withdrawal. You can find the specific withdrawal dates through your Counselor. After the last day for student initiated withdrawal, students may ask instructors to withdraw them. Other relevant dates are listed in the academic calendar. Failing to submit assignments and maintain steady progress results in withdrawal by your instructor. You must pass each LET level before permission is given to enroll in the next LET level.
Cadets are expected to maintain their uniforms and accouterments to military standard (AR670-1 and CCR 670-1). Loss of, or damage to, uniforms and equipment caused by abuse or neglect results in a monetary debt to the school. Uniforms are to be professionally cleaned for return when a cadet leaves the program and/or at the end of the academic year. Every term, students suddenly discover that they have their school account locked because they have failed to pay a uniform fee or some other fee that is required for class. Please contact the school book store and verify that you have paid all your fees.
Reinstatement back into JROTC requires permission from your instructor and the department chair and can take as much of a week or more! Also, there is no guarantee of reinstatement after your fees are paid, so please check your account now to be sure that you are not withdrawn for nonpayment of fees
This syllabus is intended to contain complete and accurate information; however, I reserve the right to adjust this syllabus during the course. Students will be notified by the instructor of any changes in course requirements or policies.