This course surveys US History from the colonial period to the events
present day. The important individuals, civilizations, eras, events, movements, discoveries, and
ideas that have shaped the development of our country & world will form the core of our studies.
Students will not only be expected to master important geographical & historical knowledge, but
also to effectively engage in critical thinking about both past & present situations. Research and
writing skills will be sharpened through various assignments, and special projects may be
assigned to foster & encourage creativity.
Prospective US History Syllabus:
Unit 1: A New Nation (1789-1820)
Lesson 1: Domestic Issues and Conflicts of the Federalist Era
Lesson 2 : An Unequal Freedom
Lesson 3: International Commercial & Diplomatic Relationships
Unit 2: Territorial Growth & Reform (1801-1850)
Lesson 1: Expansion and New States
Lesson 2: Nationalism & Sectionalism
Lesson 3: Economic & Social Causes of Nationalism & Sectionalism
Lesson 4: Political Figures, Events, & Issues that increased Nat. & Sec.
Lesson 5: Major Reform Movements
Lesson 6: Religion and Social Issues
Unit 3: Crisis, the Civil War, and Reconstruction (1848-1877)
Lesson 1: Key Events from the Mexican War to the Civil War
Lesson 2: The Causes of the Civil War
Lesson 3: The Civil War
Lesson 4: Reconstruction and Its Impacts
Lesson 5: The Rise of the Federal Government
Unit 4: Westward Ho! (1860s-1896)
Lesson 1: The Pioneers and Their Plights
Lesson 2: The Impact of Settlement
Lesson 3: Agricultural Struggles & Populism
Lesson 4: The New Agriculture and Business
Unit 5: Industrial Society (1877-1900)
Lesson 1: Immigration, Industrialization, & Urbanization
Lesson 2: Captains of Industry, or Robber Barons?
Lesson 3: Labor Unions
Lesson 4: Changes in the Role of Government
Unit 6: The US emerges in the World (1890-1914)
Lesson 1: Moving into the World
Lesson 2: The US expands its influence
Lesson 3: The US impact on other Nations
Unit 7: The Progressive Movement (1890-1914)
Lesson 1: The Rise of Progressivism
Lesson 2: The Impact of the Progressives
Lesson 3: Segregation
Lesson 4: The Impacts of Technology
Unit 8: World War I and the Aftermath (1914-1930)
Lesson 1: Causes of Neutrality & Involvement
Lesson 2: World War I
Lesson 3: The Impacts of World War I
Unit 9: Prosperity & the Great Depression (1919-1939)
Lesson 1: Economic Boom & Bust
Lesson 2: Unequal Prosperity
Lesson 3: Social & Intellectual Changes
Lesson 4: Tradition under Siege
Lesson 5: The New Deal & the Federal Growth
Unit 10: World War II & the Cold War (1930s-1963)
Lesson 1: The Causes of WWII & US entry
Lesson 2: Turning Points of WWII
Lesson 3: WWII’s Impacts on the US
Lesson 4: US Foreign Policy & the Cold War
Lesson 5: International Organizations
Unit 11: Recovery, Prosperity, & Turmoil (1945-1980)
Lesson 1: Impacts of the Cold War
Lesson 2: The Civil Rights Movement
Lesson 3: Social Movements
Lesson 4: Vietnam
Lesson 5: The Impacts of Technology
Lesson 6: Important Political Events & Actions
Unit 12: The US since Vietnam (1973-Present)
Lesson 1: US Forejgn Policy since Vietnam
Lesson 2: Important Constitutional Amendments & Court Rulings
Lesson 3: Economic, Technological, and Environmental Changes
Lesson 4: Social Changes
Lesson 5: Ethnic Diversity
Lesson 6: 21st Century Terrorist Activity
Rules for Success:
1) Be on time & bring ALL needed materials to class.
You are tardy if you are not in your
seat when the tardy bell rings!
2) Be alert & attentive to your task AT ALL TIMES! Writing, exchanging, or reading notes to
others will result in After school detention the next day.
3) NO excess talking without the teacher s permission. Talking during a quiz or test will result
in a ZERO on that assignment.
4) There will be NO EATING, NO DRINKING, in class. All food & drinks must be OUT OF
SIGHT!!! (Unopened and inside your book bag.)
5) Show respect for others at all times.
6) Throw away all trash & put away all resources properly before leaving.
7) Listen carefully & follow instructions THE FIRST TIME!
8) You will be allowed a MAXIMUM of 2 bathroom/hall passes per nine weeks. (1 for 1st
period & third period.) You must SIGN OUT ANYTIME you leave class!
Discipline Policy: The discipline
policy of SIHS will be followed. In addition, the following
system of discipline will be used for those who break class rules or fail to obey reasonable
1) WARNING ( may be individual or group)
2) 30 minutes of After School Detention on the next school day.
3) 1 hour of After School Detention, phone call to parents.
A. Homework: This course will
require outside study & work, and I expect it to be done ON
TIME, and BY YOU!! COPYING AN ASSIGNMENT WILL RESULT IN A ZERO, AND
A WRITE UP!! I check assignments randomly, and if an assignment is not completed and
turned in by the assigned deadline it will receive a ZERO. All worksheets are to be completed
by the next day unless I specifically say differently. If you are absent, it is YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY to get the makeup work when you return.
B. Major Tests: There will
be a major test after each unit of study. THE TWO KEYS TO
SUCCESS ON THESE TESTS ARE: 1) DOING THE WORK WHEN IT IS ASSIGNED,
AND 2) STUDYING THE UNIT TEST REVIEWS. In order to be eligible for RETESTING
(for scores less than 80), you must attend a PRETEST session at 8:00 a.m. the day before the
test. ANY TEST MISSED MUST BE MADE UP WITHIN 5 SCHOOL DAYS! It is YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY to schedule a makeup.
C. EXAMS: ALL students take
the exam, which counts for 25% of your final grade. This
exam is an EOC test from the state.
All students are expected to maintain a completed notebook of notes,
worksheets, maps, etc., which are organized by unit. Each unit s work will be checked before
that unit s test. This grade will be worth 2.5 times the value of a daily grade. If you turn in
your entire completed notebook at the end of the course, it will be worth 3 points on your
course grade! ( I will do this by adding 6 points to your second 9 weeks grade. )
E. ADDITIONAL: I reserve
the right to assign additional projects & papers, allowing at least
4 weeks for completion.
F. INTERNET: We will be using
the Internet for research on specific web sites. This research
will be done primarily in the school computer lab under close supervision.
G. BEHAVIOR: All students will be expected to obey all class and school rules.
Grade Calculations: Grade Scale:
37.5 % Unit Tests 100-93 A 84-77 C below 70 E
37.5 % Daily Grades 92-85 B 76-70 D