U.S. History and the Constitution Syllabus
*Course descriptions: U.S. History and the Constitution is a full semester course which is a graduation requirement covering the history of the United States from pre-colonial times through the attacks of September 11, 2001.
*Instructional Philosophy and Assessments: The course will be covering the historical time period from different angles to provide each student with as much and as varied an experience with the material as possible. U.S. History and the Constitution will also focus on preparation for the state mandated end of course test. In that effort the majority of assessments for that course will be guided reading and especially multiple choice tests, mimicking the end of course test.
*Standards: The students will explore the following standards:
USHC-1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of North America .
USHC-2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the establishment of the Untied States as a new nation.
USHC-3: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the westward movement and the resulting regional conflicts that took place in America in the nineteenth century.
USHC-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the causes and the course of the Civil War and Reconstruction in America .
USHC-5: The student will demonstrate an understanding of major social, political, and economic developments that took place in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century.
USHC-6: The student will demonstrate an understanding of foreign developments that contributed to the United States’ emergence as a world power in the twentieth century.
USHC-7: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the economic boom-and- bust in America in the 1920s and 1930s, its resultant political instability, and the subsequent worldwide response.
USHC-8: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of World War II on United States ’ foreign and domestic policies.
USHC-9: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the social, economic, and political events that impacted the United States during the Cold War era.
USHC-10: The student will demonstrate an understanding of developments in foreign policy and economics that have taken place in the United States since the fall of the Soviet Union and its satellite states in 1992.
*Grading Practices: In the U.S. History course, grading will be as follows: Classwork 50%, assessments 40%, homework 10%.
*Major Course Assignments and Projects: In addition to content specific projects, students will be expected to keep a course specific notebook (“one giant binder” containing every subject is not acceptable) which may be requested and graded as a homework or classwork grade as often as the teacher sees fit.
*Recommended/Required Readings: Students will be provided a number of primary source documents for each time period which are crucial to the course.
*Extra Help Opportunities: Students in all classes will be given extra help upon request. “Extra help” should not be construed to mean an opportunity to make up work which the student refused to complete during class. What is commonly termed “extra credit” will be exceedingly rare and only offered to classes as a whole at the teacher’s discretion, not to individual students requesting it during the last week of a quarter or semester.
1. Attend daily, on time.
2. Pay attention in class.
3. Follow directions.
4. Participate in class activities and complete assignments on time.
5. Ask for help when you need it.