American History
Fall
2012

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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 final exam will count as a regular test grade.
    7.  The end of course exam counts as 25% of the course 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  

 
2012 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 6      NO SCHOOL
AUG 7      NO SCHOOL
AUG 8      Homeroom
AUG 9      Introduction
AUG 10     Early America (1)

AUG 13     Manifest Destiny (2)
AUG 14     The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
AUG 15     The Industrial Age (4.1)
AUG 16     The Robber Barons and the Captains of Industry (4.2)(Presidents Quiz)
AUG 17     The Labor Movement (4.3)

AUG 20     Immigration and Urbanization (5.1-5.2)
AUG 21     The Gilded Age (5.3)
AUG 22     Review
AUG 23     Test 1: The Growth of America (1-5)
AUG 24     The New South (6.1, 7.1) (States & Capitals Map Quiz)

AUG 27     The Wild West (6.2-6.3)
AUG 28     The Wild West (6.2-6.3)
AUG 29     The Populists (7.2-7.3) (Physical Map Quiz)
AUG 30     The Progressives (8.1)
AUG 31     The Women’s Movement (7.1, 8.2)

SEP 3      LABOR DAY (NO SCHOOL)
SEP 4      Segregation and Civil Rights (7.1, 8.3)
SEP 5      The Progressive Presidents (8.4-8.5)
SEP 6      Review
SEP 7      Test 2: The Age of Reform (6-8)

SEP 10     Imperialism (9.1-9.2)
SEP 11     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 17     The American Expeditionary Force (10.3)
SEP 18     The Lost Battalion
SEP 19     The Treaty of Versailles (10.3-10.4)
SEP 20     Review
SEP 21     Test 3: America Becomes a World Power (9-10)

SEP 24     The Business of America (11.1-11.2)
SEP 25     The Roaring Twenties and The Harlem Renaissance (11.4-11.5)
SEP 26     The Dark Side of the Twenties (10.4, 11.3)
SEP 27     Black Tuesday (12.1)
SEP 28     The Great Depression (12.2-12.3)

OCT 1      The Great Depression (12.2-12.3)
OCT 2      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)

END OF TERM 1

FALL BREAK

OCT 15     The Rise of Totalitarianism (14.1-14.2)
OCT 16     A Date Which Will Live in Infamy (14.1-14.3)
OCT 17     Turning the Tide (14.3-15.2)
OCT 18     The Allied Victory (15.3)
OCT 19     The Holocaust (15.4)

OCT 22     The Post-War World (15.5)
OCT 23     Review
OCT 24     Test 5: World War II (14-15)
OCT 25     The Cold War (16.1)
OCT 26     The Korean War (16.2)

OCT 29     The Arms Race and the Red Scare (16.3-16.4)
OCT 30     The Baby Boom (17.1-17.2)
OCT 31     A Vast Wasteland (17.3-17.4)
NOV 1      Review
NOV 2      Test 6: The Cold War (16-17)

NOV 5      Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)
NOV 6      Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)
NOV 7      Black Power (18.2-18.3)
NOV 8      Passing the Torch to a New Generation (19.1-19.2)
NOV 9      The Great Society (19.3) (Study Guide Page 4 Quiz)

NOV 12     The Domino Theory (20.1-20.2)
NOV 13     The War in Vietnam (20.3-20.4) (Study Guide Page 5 Quiz)
NOV 14     The Counterculture (21.1)
NOV 15     Richard Nixon (20.5) (Study Guide Page 6 Quiz)
NOV 16     Feminism and Immigration (21.2-21.3) Review

NOV 19     Test 7: Civil Rights and Vietnam (18-21)
NOV 20     Primary Sources from the Vietnam War
NOV 21     THANKSGIVING
NOV 22     THANKSGIVING
NOV 23     THANKSGIVING

NOV 26     Watergate (22.1)
NOV 27     Ford and Carter (22.2-22.3) (Study Guide Page 1 Quiz)
NOV 28     The Reagan Revolution (23.1-23.2)
NOV 29     The End of the Cold War (23.3-23.4)
NOV 30     The New World Order and the War on Terror (24) (Study Guide Page 2 Quiz)

DEC 3      Review
DEC 4     
Test 8: Late 20th Century and the New Millennium (22-24)
DEC 5     
Review
DEC 6     
Review (Study Guide Page 3 Quiz)
DEC 7      Review (Presidents Quiz)

DEC 10    
End of Course Exam
DEC 11     Review
DEC 12     Review
DEC 13     Review
DEC 14     Review


DEC 17     Review
DEC 18     Review
DEC 19     Review
DEC 20     Review
DEC 21     FINAL EXAM

CHRISTMAS
 



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