• US History I Course Syllabus

     

    Course Description:

    The history of the United States begins with the meeting of three worlds—Africa, Europe, and the Americas. This course will impart students with knowledge of how events from the past shape the present. The content of the course spans from the meeting of three worlds to the turn of the 20th century, but the scope of its themes and understandings will extend to the present day.

     

    It will also confront the fact that dominant groups often control the telling of history. This course will incorporate the stories of a variety of ethnic and racial groups that have contributed to the development of the United States. It will seek to identify an inclusive set of role models for all students and challenge the dominant stereotypes generated by the media. Students should leave this course with a dual sense of American patriotism and cultural pride.

    Sequence

    Below is a tentative breakdown of chapters and main topics by cycle.

     

    • The American Revolution
    • Creating the Constitution
    • The New Republic
    • Nationalism and Sectionalism
    • Manifest Destiny
    • The Union in Crisis
    • The Civil War
    • The Reconstruction Era

     

    US History II Course Syllabus

    Mr. David

    Course Description:

    The modern history of the United States begins with the Great Depression. This course will impart students with knowledge of how events from the past shape the present. The content of the course spans from the Progressive Era to the turn of the 21st century, but the scope of its themes and understandings will extend to the present day.

     

    It will also confront the fact that dominant groups often control the telling of history. This course will incorporate the stories of a variety of ethnic and racial groups that have contributed to the development of the United States. It will seek to identify an inclusive set of role models for all students and challenge the dominant stereotypes generated by the media. Students should leave this course with a dual sense of American patriotism and cultural pride.

     

     

    Skills Students Expected to Attain:

    Students will be expected to…

    • Read and interpret historical documents
    • Write from a historical perspective
    • Analyze themes in American history
    • Utilize computer technology to do research, complete project and generate presentations

     

    Sequence

    Below is a tentative breakdown of chapters and main topics by cycle.

    • The Great Depression
    • The New Deal
    • The Coming of War
    • World War II
    • The Cold War
    • Postwar Confidence and Anxiety (1945-1960)
    • The Civil Rights Movement (1945-1975)
    • The Kennedy and Johnson Years (1960-1968)

    Required Texts:

    Prentice Hall. United States History. 2010

    Other supplementary texts as provided by teacher.

     

     

    Required Materials:

    Pens or pencils and notebooks must be brought to class at all times.

    Pencils must be used on tests and exams.

    Personal and parent’s email address.

    Access to Google Classroom.

     

    Classroom Rules:

    All school rules and policies are in effect at all times.

    In addition, each teacher will present and enforce classroom rules.

     

    Grading Policy:

    Grades will be assigned according to the standard Perth Amboy grading policy:

    • 60% - Formal and Informal Assessments
    • 35% - Classwork
    • 5% - Homework

     

    Students will complete several long term projects during the course of the year. The timing and content of these projects will vary by teacher, but each class can expect to complete at least one project per cycle.

    Extra Credit:

    Extra credit work is designed to enrich students of further knowledge after completing their required load of assignments. Thus, extra credit is not given to students who missed days of work. Missed work must be completed initially prior to taking on extra credit load.

     

    Student Responsibilities:

     

    1. Attend class daily equipped with a positive attitude and behavior.
    2. Be respectful of teachers and peers.
    3. Be attentive and active during instruction.
    4. Complete daily assignments, homework, projects, quizzes, tests and exams.
    5. If absent for class, students are responsible for any missed homework or class work.
    6. Any missed quizzes, tests or exams can be made up within a certain period of time.
    7. Appointments must be made to make up quizzes, tests and exams for they cannot be taken during instruction time.
    8. All students are expected to daily tasks to the best of their ability.