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US History 2016-17 Part 1 Sophmores

US History Syllabus 2016-2017

U. S. HISTORY SYLLABUS: U.S. History – PART 1

Teacher: John M. Brown, Greenup County High School, 2016-2017

ABOUT YOUR TEACHER: Mr. Brown

Email: john.brown@greenup.kyschools.us

On a personal note: I am a husband, father, grandfather, minister, farmer, avid reader, writer, and a passionate “history” and “politics” buff. Enthusiasm is contagious, and I hope to motivate you in your efforts in this class! I will treat you with dignity and respect, and expect the same in return. I want you to be very successful, and am excited about our year together!

COURSE INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Greenup County High School’s U. S. HISTORY class, a course designed to introduce students to an overview of our country’s history, from its beginnings to the modern era. We will examine a variety of sources documenting our past. We will be studying concepts and accumulating information about our history, while learning to carefully analyze and engage in critical thinking. I want you to understand and appreciate our past – your past! – for its effects upon our lives today are all around us!

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

-Bring a notebook, paper, and writing utensils to every class

-Diligent effort on the part of each student: I am here to help you succeed in it; determine you will work hard, and you will succeed!

-Work missed must be made up within the allowed time (number of days you were absent, plus one)

-Late work must be turned in by Friday of the week it is due, and points will be deducted.

-Responsibility: I am confident you can meet, and even exceed, the expectations I have for you.

-A positive attitude: we will embark on a study that will make us more responsible adults and citizens.

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:

-BE RESPECTFUL of your teacher, your classmates, yourselves;

-BE PREPARED for each class by doing your work conscientiously;

-BE PROMPT which means being on time and being ready;

-BE ATTENTIVE which means being alert and awake and being in class (go to the restroom between classes, unless some emergency arises; no cell phones or iPods in class);

-BE DILIGENT in your efforts; remember I want you to succeed and will do everything in my power to help you make it happen, not only as students or test-takers, but as human beings.

COURSE GRADES

Grades will be composed of

-Notebook (which will include your notes from discussion, vocabulary, study questions, study guide)

-Homework (when given)

-Quizzes and Exams (scheduled quizzes; “pop” quizzes; end of unit and other exams)

-Projects (including individual and groups projects; research papers; group efforts)

-Participation (which includes participation in class, participation in groups, bellringer work, exit slips)

-Extra credit (when offered and as needed, which can include independent research and study)

-End of Course (EOC) assessment (see note at end)

Grading Scale: 90-100% (A) 80-89% (B) 70-79% (C) 60-69% (D) 59%-below (F)

CURRICULUM MAP

US History PART 1 Curriculum Map

UNIT 1: PRE-COLONIAL AMERICA: 2 weeks

(chapter 1, section 1)

EUROPEAN EXPLORERS

NATIVE AMERICANS

UNIT 2: COLONIAL AMERICA: 2 weeks

EUROPEAN COLONIES: 1 week

(chapter 1, section 2)

COLONIAL LIFE: 1 week

(chapter 1, section 3)

UNIT 3: REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA: 4 weeks

FRENCH & INDIAN WAR – ORIGINS OF THE REVOLUTION: 1 week

REVOLUTIONARY ERA: 1 week

(chapter 2, section 1)

CREATING A NEW GOVERNMENT: 1 week

(chapter 2, section 2)

U.S. CONSTITUTION: 1 week

ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAY: 1 week

UNIT 4: ANTEBELLUM AMERICA: EARLY UNITED STATES: 5 weeks

FORGING THE NEW REPUBLIC: 1 week

(chapter 2, section 3)

FROM NATIONALISM TO SECTIONALISM: 1 week

(chapter 3, section 1)

A PUSH FOR REFORM: 1 week

(chapter 3, section 2)

EXPANSION LEADS TO CONFLICT: 1 week

(chapter 3, section 3)

THE NATION SPLITS APART: 1 week

(chapter 4, section 1)

UNIT 5: CIVIL WAR & RECONSTRUCTION: 3 weeks

THE CIVIL WAR: 2 weeks

(chapter 4, section 2)

RECONSTRUCTION: 1 week

(chapter 4, section 3)

END 1ST SEMESTER

UNIT 6: AN INDUSTRIAL NATION: 4 weeks

THE AMERICAN WEST: 1 week

(chapter 5, section 1)

SECOND INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: 1 week

(chapter 5, section 2)

LIFE IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY: 2 weeks

(chapter 5, section 3)

UNIT 7: BECOMING A WORLD POWER: 4 weeks

PROGRESSIVISM / REFORM: 1 week

(chapter 6, section 1)

WOMEN AND PUBLIC LIFE: 1 week

(chapter 6, section 2)

THEODORE ROOSEVELT: 1 week

(chapter 6, section 3)

TAFT & WILSON: 1 WEEK

(chapter 6, section 4)

UNIT 8: ENTERING THE WORLD STAGE: 4 weeks

IMPERIALISM: 1 week

(chapter 7, section 1)

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR: 1 week

(chapter 7, section 2)

ROOSEVELT & LATIN AMERICA: 1 week

(chapter 7, section 3)

WILSON & THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION: 1 week

(chapter 7, section 4)

UNIT 9: WORLD WAR I: 4 weeks

A WORLD CRISIS: 1 week

(chapter 8, section 1)

THE UNITED STATES IN WORLD WAR I: 1 week

(chapter 8, section 2)

THE HOME FRONT: 1 week

(chapter 8, section 3)

PEACE WITHOUT VICTORY: 1 week

(chapter 8, section 4)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our U. S. History class is geared toward the END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT for U. S. History in May required of all juniors in Kentucky. Your score on this exam will be reflected in your final course grade.

CONCLUSION: I anticipate special guests and special projects that will help make our history come alive to you, and to explore ways to be more knowledgeable, conscientious, and involved. I am thankful to have you as part of this class!

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