American History
Fall 2015


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Instructor
   Dr. 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.


   
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 studentís 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   


2015 Spring Session

 

Each dayís topic is followed by the corresponding 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. 

 

AUG  3    NO SCHOOL

AUG  4    Homeroom

AUG  5    Introduction

AUG  6    Early America (1)

AUG  7    Manifest Destiny (2)

 

AUG 10    Manifest Destiny (2)

AUG 11    The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)

AUG 12    The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)(Presidents Quiz)

AUG 13    The Industrial Age (4.1)

AUG 14    The Industrial Age (4.1)

 

AUG 17    The Robber Barons and the Captains of Industry (4.2)

AUG 18    The Labor Movement (4.3) 

AUG 19    The Labor Movement (4.3) (States Map Quiz)

AUG 20    Immigration and Urbanization (5.1-5.2)

AUG 21    The New South (6.1, 7.1)

 

AUG 24    The Wild West (6.2-6.3) (Physical Map Quiz)

AUG 25    Review

AUG 26    The Wild West (6.2-6.3)

AUG 27    The Populists (7.2-7.3)

AUG 28    The Progressives (8.1)(Vocabulary Quiz 1) 

 

AUG 31    The Womenís Movement (7.1, 8.2) and Segregation and Civil Rights (7.1, 8.3)  

SEP  1    The Progressive Presidents (8.4-8.5)

SEP  2    The Progressive Presidents (8.4-8.5) (Vocabulary Quiz 2) 

SEP  3    Review

SEP  4    Test 1:  Rise of Industrial America (1877-1920) and The Progressive Era (1890-1920) 

 

SEP  7    LABOR DAY (NO SCHOOL)

SEP  8    Imperialism (9.1-9.2)

SEP  9    The Big Stick (9.4)

SEP 10    The Philippine Insurrection and the Open Door (9.3)

SEP 11    The Great War (10.1)   

 

SEP 14    America Prepares for War (10.1-10.2)(Vocabulary Quiz 3) 

SEP 15    The American Expeditionary Force (10.3)

SEP 16    The Lost Battalion

SEP 17    The Treaty of Versailles (10.3-10.4)

SEP 18    Review


SEP 21    Test 2:  American Imperialism

SEP 22    The Business of America (11.1-11.2) (Capitals Quiz)

SEP 23    The Roaring Twenties and The Harlem Renaissance (11.4-11.5) (Vocabulary Quiz 4)

SEP 24    The Dark Side of the Twenties (10.4, 11.3)

SEP 25    Black Tuesday (12.1)

 

SEP 28    The Great Depression (12.2-12.3) (Vocabulary Quiz 5)

SEP 29    The Great Depression (12.2-12.3)

SEP 30    The New Deal (13.1-13.2)

OCT  1    The Welfare State (13.3-13.4) and Review

OCT  2    Test 3:  The 1920s and the Great Depression 

 

END OF TERM 1

 

FALL BREAK

 

OCT 12    The Rise of Totalitarianism (14.1-14.2)
OCT 13    The Rise of Totalitarianism (14.1-14.2)
OCT 15    Turning the Tide (14.3-15.2)
OCT 16    Turning the Tide (14.3-15.2) 
 
OCT 19    The Allied Victory (15.3)
OCT 20    The Allied Victory (15.3) 
OCT 22    The Holocaust (15.4)  & The Post-War World (15.5)
OCT 23    The Cold War (16.1)
OCT 24    The Korean War (16.2) (Vocabulary Quiz 7) 
 
OCT 26    The Korean War
OCT 27    Practise test
OCT 28    The Arms Race and the Red Scare (16.3-16.4)
OCT 29    The Arms Race and the Red Scare (16.3-16.4)
OCT 30    The Domino Theory (20.1-20.2)
 
NOV  2    MIST 
NOV  3    NO SCHOOL  
NOV  4    The War in Vietnam (20.3-20.4) 
NOV  5    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War   
NOV  6    Test 4:  World War II and the Cold War
 
NOV  9    The Baby Boom (17.1-17.2) 
NOV 10    A Vast Wasteland (17.3-17.4)  
NOV 12    Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2) (Vocabulary Quiz 8a) 
NOV 13    Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)
NOV 13    Black Power! (18.2-18.3) (Vocabulary Quiz 8b) *
 
NOV 16    ​Passing the Torch to a New Generation (19.1-19.2) 
NOV 17    The Great Society (19.3)
NOV 18    The Counterculture (21.1) & Feminism and Immigration (21.2-21.3)
NOV 19    Richard Nixon (20.5) & Watergate (22.1)  
NOV 20    Ford and Carter (22.2-22.3)     
 
NOV 23    The Cold War in Film 
NOV 24    The Cold War in Film   
NOV 25    THANKSGIVING
NOV 26    THANKSGIVING
NOV 27    THANKSGIVING

NOV 30    The Reagan Revolution  (23.3-23.4)  (Vocabulary Quiz 9) 
DEC  1    MIST
DEC  2    The End of the Cold War (23.3-23.4)
DEC  3    MIST
DEC  4    The New World Order (24.2-24.23)
 
DEC  7    The War on Terror (24.4)
DEC  8    Test 5:  The Modern United States
DEC  9    Review
DEC 10    Review
DEC 11    Review

 

DEC 14    Review

DEC 15    Review

DEC 16    Review
DEC 17    FINAL EXAMS 3rd and 4th Periods

DEC 18    FINAL EXAMS 1st and 2nd Periods

 

 

CHRISTMAS

 


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