American History
Spring 2014

 

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Instructor
   Jerry Alan Sayers

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

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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 term 4 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  


 
2014 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. 

 

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

JAN 6 NO SCHOOL
JAN 7 NO SCHOOL
JAN 8 NO SCHOOL
JAN 9 Introduction
JAN 10
Early America (1)

JAN 13 Manifest Destiny (2)
JAN 14
The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
JAN 15
The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
JAN 16 
The Industrial Age (Presidents Quiz)
JAN 17 The Industrial Age (4.1)

JAN 20 NO SCHOOL
JAN 21
The Robber Barons and the Captains of Industry (4.2)
JAN 22 NO SCHOOL

JAN 23
The Labor Movement (4.3)
JAN 24
Immigration and Urbanization (5.1-5.2)

JAN 27 The Gilded Age (5.3)
JAN 28 NO SCHOOL

JAN 29 NO SCHOOL

JAN 30
Test 1: The Growth of America (1-5)
JAN 31
The New South (6.1, 7.1) (States & Capitals Map Quiz)

FEB 3 The Wild West (6.2-6.3)
FEB 4
The Wild West (6.2-6.3)
FEB 5
The Populists (7.2-7.3) (Physical Map Quiz)
FEB 6
The Progressives (8.1)
FEB 7
The Womenís Movement (7.1, 8.2) and Segregation and Civil Rights (7.1, 8.3)

FEB 10 The Progressive Presidents (8.4-8.5)
FEB 11
Test 2: The Age of Reform (6-8)
FEB 12 NO SCHOOL *
FEB 13
NO SCHOOL *
FEB 14
NO SCHOOL *

FEB 17 Imperialism (9.1-9.2)  *
FEB 18
The Big Stick (9.4), The Philippine Insurrection and the Open Door (9.3) * 
FEB 19
The Great War (10.1) and  America Prepares for War (10.1-10.2) *  
FEB 20
The American Expeditionary Force (10.3) * 
FEB 21
The Lost Battalion  *

FEB 24 The Treaty of Versailles (10.3-10.4) and Review  *
FEB 25
Test 3: America Becomes a World Power (9-10) *
FEB 26
The Business of America (11.1-11.2) * 
FEB 27
The Roaring Twenties and The Harlem Renaissance (11.4-11.5) *
        and
The Dark Side of the Twenties (10.4, 11.3)  *
FEB 28
Black Tuesday (12.1) * 

MAR 3 The Great Depression (12.2-12.3)
MAR 4
The New Deal (13.1-13.2)
MAR 5
The Welfare State (13.3-13.4)
MAR 6 Review
MAR 7
Test 4: The Great Depression and the New Deal (11-13)

END OF TERM 3

SPRING BREAK

MAR 17 The Rise of Totalitarianism (14.1-14.2)
MAR 18
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy (14.1-14.3)
MAR 19
Turning the Tide (14.3-15.2)
MAR 20
The Allied Victory (15.3)
MAR 21
The Holocaust (15.4)

MAR 24 The Post-War World (15.5)
MAR 25 Review
MAR 26
Test 5: World War II (14-15)
MAR 27
The Cold War (16.1)
MAR 28
The Korean War (16.2)

MAR 31 The Arms Race and the Red Scare (16.3-16.4)
APR 1 
The Baby Boom (17.1-17.2)
APR 2 
A Vast Wasteland (17.3-17.4)
APR 3  Review
APR 4 
Test 6: The Cold War (16-17)

APR 7  Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)
APR 8 
Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)
APR 9 
Black Power (18.2-18.3)
APR 10
Passing the Torch to a New Generation (19.1-19.2)
APR 11
The Great Society (19.3) (Study Guide Page 4 Quiz)

APR 14 The Domino Theory (20.1-20.2)
APR 15
The War in Vietnam (20.3-20.4) (Study Guide Page 5 Quiz)
APR 16 Primary Sources from the Vietnam War

APR 17
The Counterculture (21.1)
APR 18
Richard Nixon (20.5) (Study Guide Page 6 Quiz)

APR 21 Feminism and Immigration (21.2-21.3)

APR 22 Review
APR 23
Test 7: Civil Rights and Vietnam (18-21)
APR 24
Watergate (22.1)
APR 25
Ford and Carter (22.2-22.3) (Study Guide Page 1 Quiz)

APR 28 The Reagan Revolution (23.1-23.2)

APR 29 The End of the Cold War (23.3-23.4)
APR 30
The New World Order and the War on Terror (24) (Study Guide Page 2 Quiz)
MAY 1 
Review (Study Guide Page 3 Quiz
MAY 2 
Test 8: Late 20th Century and the New Millennium (22-24)

MAY 5 Review (States Quiz)

MAY 6 Review (Presidents Quiz)
MAY 7
Review
MAY 8
End of Course Exam
MAY 9 Review

MAY 12 Review
MAY 13 Review
MAY 14 Review
MAY 15 Review
MAY 16 Review

MAY 19 Review
MAY 20 Review
MAY 21 Review
MAY 22 Review
MAY 23
Final Exams

MAY 26 NO SCHOOL
MAY 27 School
MAY 28 School

 


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