American History
Fall
2011

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Instructor   Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:  sayersd@jcschools.org
               Home:    dusty@sayersnet.com

Course Web Page:    http://www.sayersnet.com/history

Textbook: United States History:  Reconstruction to the Present by Emma J. Lapsansky-Werner et al., Pearson Prentice Hall, Boston:  2009.

Objective: The purpose of this course is to examine the history of the United States from 1877 to the present in so that students may appreciate their heritage, understand their world, and be prepared to be successful citizens as adults.

Evaluation:

    1.    Most classwork and homework assignments count as one grade each.
    2.    Quizzes count as two grades each.
    3.    Notebooks checks count as three grades each.
    4.    Projects and presentations count as five grades each.
    5.    Tests count as five grades each.
    6.    The End of Course Exam will count as 25% of the second term grade.



Extra credit will not be assigned to improve a grade. 

Work is late if it is not ready to be handed in at the beginning of class (unless otherwise instructed).  Late work will receive a penalty of 5 points per day, and must be submitted within five days of the due date.  Missed tests must be made up within three days of a student’s return to school. Tests may require a full class period, so always be present on test days! 

Notebook:
Each student will keep a notebook divided into five sections:
    1.    Notes taken in class
    2.    Maps
    3.    Worksheets
    4.    Quizzes and Tests
    5.    Miscellaneous Papers

Rules:
1.Be in assigned seat when bell rings.
2.Have class materials ready and personal put away when bell rings.
3.Only speak with permission.
4.Be respectful of others.
5.Turn in work on time.
6.Keep the room tidy.
7.Only leave the room with a hall pass.
8.Quid pro quo  

 
2009 Fall Session

Each day’s topic is followed by the chapter or chapter and section number or numbers in parentheses.  If you miss a day, please read those sections in the chapter.

In case of inclement weather, lecture dates may move back one day for each day missed. 

Reading assignments and quizzes will be announced throughout the session.  Be diligent in reading the textbook.

AUG  4    Welcome
AUG  5    Introduction

AUG  8    Early America (1)
AUG  9    Manifest Destiny (2)
AUG 10    The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
AUG 11    The Industrial Age (4.1)

AUG 12    The Robber Barons and the Captains of Industry (4.2)  (Presidents Quiz)

AUG 15    The Labor Movement (4.3)
AUG 16    Immigration and Urbanization (5.1-5.2)
AUG 17    The Gilded Age (5.3)
AUG 18    Review
AUG 19    Test 1:  The Growth of America (1-5)

AUG 22    The New South (6.1, 7.1) (States & Capitals Map Quiz)
AUG 23   
The Wild West (6.2-6.3)
AUG 24    The Wild West (6.2-6.3)
AUG 25    The Populists (7.2-7.3)
AUG 26    A Populist Parable (8.1) (Physical Map Quiz) 

AUG 29    The Progressives

AUG 30    The Women’s Movement (7.1, 8.2)
AUG 31    Segregation and Civil Rights (7.1, 8.3)
SEP  3    The Progressive Presidents (8.4-8.5)   and Review
SEP  4    Test 2:  The Age of Reform (6-8) and Re-take 1 quiz


SEP  5    LABOR DAY
SEP  6    Imperialism (9.1-9.2)

SEP  7    The Spanish American War (9.2)
SEP  8    The Rough Riders (9.2)   
SEP  9    The Big Stick (9.4)


SEP 12    The Philippine Insurrection and the Open Door (9.3)

SEP 13    The Great War (10.1)
SEP 14    America Prepares for War (10.1-10.2)
SEP 15    The American Expeditionary Force (10.3)
SEP 16    NO SCHOOL

SEP 19    The Lost Battalion

SEP 20    The Treaty of Versailles (10.3-10.4) and Review
SEP 21    Test 3:  America Becomes a World Power (9-10)
SEP 22    The Business of America (11.1-11.2)
SEP 23    The Business of America (11.1-11.2)

SEP 26   
The Roaring Twenties and The Harlem Renaissance (11.4-11.5)
SEP 27    The Dark Side of the Twenties (10.4, 11.3)
SEP 28    Black Tuesday (12.1)
SEP 29    The Great Depression (12.2-12.3)
SEP 30    The New Deal (13.1-13.2)

OCT  3    The Welfare State (13.3-13.4)

OCT  4    Review
OCT  5    Test 4:  The Great Depression and the New Deal (11-13)

OCT  6    The Rise of Totalitarianism (14.1-14.2)
OCT  7    The Rise of Totalitarianism (14.1-14.2)


FALL BREAK

OCT 17   
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy (14.1-14.3)
OCT 18    Turning the Tide (14.3-15.2)

OCT 19    The Allied Victory (15.3)
OCT 20    The Holocaust (15.4)
OCT 21    The Post-War World (15.5)

OCT 24    Review
OCT 25    Test 5:  World War II (14-15)
OCT 26    The Cold War (16.1)

OCT 27    The Korean War (16.2)
OCT 28    The Arms Race and the Red Scare (16.3-16.4)

OCT 31    The Baby Boom (17.1-17.2)

NOV  1    A Vast Wasteland (17.3-17.4)
NOV  2    Review
NOV  3    Test 6:  The Cold War (16-17)
NOV  4    Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)

NOV  7    Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)

NOV  8    Black Power (18.2-18.3)
NOV  9    Passing the Torch to a New Generation (19.1-19.2)
NOV 10    The Great Society (19.3)
NOV 11    The Domino Theory (20.1-20.2) (Study Guide Page 4 Quiz)   *

NOV 14    The War in Vietnam (20.3-20.4)

NOV 15    The Counterculture (21.1)
(Study Guide Page 5 Quiz) *
NOV 16    Richard Nixon (20.5)
NOV 17    Feminism and Immigration(21.2-21.3)
NOV 18    Review  (Study Guide Page 6 Quiz) *

NOV 21    Test 7:  Civil Rights and Vietnam (18-21)

NOV 22    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War
NOV 23    THANKSGIVING
NOV 24    THANKSGIVING
NOV 25    THANKSGIVING

NOV 28    Watergate (22.1)

NOV 29    Ford and Carter (22.2-22.3) (Study Guide Page 1 Quiz) *
NOV 30    The Reagan Revolution (23.1-23.2)
DEC  1    The End of the Cold War (23.3-23.4)
DEC  2    The New World Order and the War on Terror (24.2-24.4) (Study Guide Page 2 Quiz) *

DEC  5   
Test 8:  Late 20th Century and the New Millennium (22-24)
DEC  6    Review * (Study Guide Page 3 Quiz) *
DEC  7    Review * (Presidents Quiz)
DEC  8    Review
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DEC  9    END OF COURSE EXAM

DEC 12   
Review
DEC 13    Review
DEC 14    Review
DEC 15    EXAMS
DEC 16    EXAMS

CHRISTMAS





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