American History
Spring 2015

 

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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.


   
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. 

 


JAN 5     NO SCHOOL
JAN 6     Introduction
JAN 7     Early America (1)
JAN 8     Manifest Destiny (2)
JAN 9     The Civil War and Reconstruction (3)
 

JAN 12    The Industrial Age (4.1)          Presidents Quiz
JAN 13    The Robber Barons and the Captains of Industry  (4.2)
JAN 14    The Labor Movement (4.3)
JAN 15    Immigration and Urbanization (5.1-5.2)    
JAN 16    The Gilded Age (5.3)             States Map Quiz   

JAN 19    NO SCHOOL
JAN 20    Review
JAN 21    Test 1:  The Growth of America (1-5)      
JAN 22    The New South (6.1, 7.1)    
JAN 23    The Wild West (6.2-6.3)     
 
JAN 26    The Wild West (6.2-6.3)           Physical Map Quiz
JAN 27    The Populists (7.2-7.3)
JAN 28    The Progressives (8.1)            State Capitals Quiz
JAN 29    The Womenís Movement (7.1, 8.2)
JAN 30    Segregation and Civil Rights (7.1, 8.3)   
 
FEB 2     The Progressive Presidents (8.4-8.5)
FEB 3     Review
FEB 4     Test 2:  The Age of Reform (6-8)     
FEB 5     Imperialism  (9.1-9.2)
FEB 6     The Spanish American War (9.2)

FEB 9     Rough Riders 
FEB 10    Rough Riders      
FEB 11    The Big Stick (9.4)
FEB 12    The Philippine Insurrection and the Open Door (9.3)
FEB 13    The Great War (10.1)


FEB 16    NO SCHOOL
FEB 17    America Prepares for War (10.1-10.2)
FEB 18    The American Expeditionary Force (10.3)   
FEB 19    The Lost Battalion
FEB 20    The Treaty of Versailles (10.3-10.4) and Review

FEB 23    Test 3:  America Becomes a World Power (9-10)
FEB 24    The Business of America (11.1-11.2)
FEB 25    The Roaring Twenties and The Harlem Renaissance (11.4-11.5)
FEB 26    The Dark Side of the Twenties (10.4, 11.3)
FEB 27    Black Tuesday (12.1)   

MAR 2     The Great Depression (12.2-12.3)
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) and Review
MAR 6     Test 4:  The Great Depression and the New Deal (11-13)

Term 3 Ends


SPRING BREAK


MAR 16    The Rise of Totalitarianism (14.1-14.2)
MAR 17    A Date Which Will Live in Infamy (14.1-14.3)
MAR 18    Turning the Tide (14.3-15.2)
MAR 19    The Allied Victory (15.3)
MAR 20    The Holocaust (15.4)            

MAR 23    The Post-War World (15.5)
MAR 24    Review
MAR 25    Test 5:  World War II (14-15)
MAR 26    The Cold War (16.1)
MAR 27    The Korean War (16.2)       
 
MAR 29    The Korean War (16.2)
MAR 30    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     NO SCHOOL         

APR 6     NO SCHOOL
APR 7     Review
APR 8     Test 6:  The Cold War (16-17)
APR 9     Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)
APR 10    Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)


APR 13     Test 5:  World War II (14-15) *

APR 14     Pilot Test *

APR 15     The Cold War (16.1) *

APR 16     The Korean War (16.2) *

APR 17     The Korean War (16.2) *

 

APR 20     The Arms Race and the Red Scare (16.3-16.4) *

APR 21     The Baby Boom (17.1-17.2) *

APR 22     A Vast Wasteland (17.3-17.4) *

APR 23     Review *

APR 24     Test 6:  The Cold War (16-17) *

 

APR 27     Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2)    *           

APR 28     Desegregation Begins (18.1-18.2) *

APR 29     Black Power! (18.2-18.3) *

APR 30     Social and Cultural History of the 1960s and 1970s *

MAY 1      Passing the Torch to a New Generation (19.1-19.2) *

 

MAY 4     The Great Society (19.3)    *

MAY 5     The Domino Theory (20.1-20.2) *

MAY 6     The War in Vietnam (20.3-20.4) *

MAY 7     Primary Sources from the Vietnam War *

MAY 8     The Counterculture (21.1) *

 

MAY 11     Richard Nixon (20.5) *

MAY 12     Feminism and Immigration (21.2-21.3) *

MAY 13     Review   *

MAY 14     Test 7:  Civil Rights and Vietnam (18-21) *

MAY 15     Watergate (22.1) *

 

MAY 18     Ford and Carter (22.2-22.3) *

MAY 19     The Reagan Revolution (23.1-23.2)     *

MAY 20     The End of the Cold War (23.3-23.4) *

MAY 21     The New World Order & the War on Terror (24) & Review *

MAY 22     Test 8: Late 20th Century & the New Millennium (22-24) *

 

MAY 25     NO SCHOOL

MAY 26     Review *

MAY 27     Final Exams *

MAY 28     Final Exams *

MAY 29     NO SCHOOL

 

 

 


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