FALL 2018


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Rocky Mount MuseumInstructor:    Dr. Jerry Alan Sayers

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Textbook: Kennedy, David and Lizabeth Cohen.  The American Pageant:  A History of the American People, 16th Edition.  Stamford, Connecticut:  Cengage Learning, 2016.


Objective: The purpose of this course is to provide college-level instruction in United States History.  This course will include extensive readings, college-style lectures, analysis of primary sources, and essay writing.  The ultimate goal is for each student to successfully complete the AP American History Exam.

Fee: The Social Studies Department collects a $5 fee payable in cash or a check made out to Science Hill High School.



1.  Objective Tests
2.  Essay Tests
3.  Quizzes, Homework, Classwork and other Daily Grades (20% of a test grade)
4.  The final exam will count as 15% of the semester grade.

In recognition of the challenges posed by an Advanced Placement course, five bonus points will be added to each term grade and the final exam grade.

The standard grading scale will be used:

A:  93-100
B:  85-92
C:  75-84
D:  70-74
F:  Below 70


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 an hour and a half, so always be present on test days! 



  1. Be in assigned seat when bell rings.
  2. Have class materials ready and personal items put away when the 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  

2018 Fall Session

In case of inclement weather, lecture dates may move back one day for each day missed. If a quiz or test date is missed due to weather or illness, students should be prepared to make it up on the first day back in school.

Quizzes will take place on the dates listed.  Other assignments and quizzes may be announced during the semester.  Be sure to be diligent in reading the textbook.

AUG 6     Introduction

AUG 7     Introduction

AUG 8     Pre-Columbian America       

AUG 9     The Age of Exploration       Autobiography due      

AUG 10    The Chesapeake               Chapter 2 Reading Quiz 


AUG 13    New England             Chapter 3 Reading Quiz & Fee due

AUG 14    The Middle Colonies & The Deep South Chapter 4 Reading Quiz

AUG 15    The Great Awakening & The French and Indian War 

AUG 16    Taxation without Representation   Chapter 7 Reading Quiz 

AUG 17    The Declaration of Independence  


AUG 20    The World Turned Upside Down      Chapter 8 Reading Quiz

AUG 21    Review

AUG 22    Test 1: Colonial America

AUG 23    The Articles of Confederation      States and Capitals Map due

AUG 24    The Constitution            Chapter 9 Reading Quiz 


AUG 27    Mister President             Chapter 10 Reading Quiz

AUG 28    The Greatest Man in the World  Constitution Worksheet due

AUG 29    The Adams Administration          Presidents Quiz

AUG 30    The Revolution of 1800       Chapter 11 Reading Quiz

AUG 31    The War of 1812    



SEP 4     American Nationalism         Chapter 12 Reading Quiz

SEP 5     The Corrupt Bargain    

SEP 6     King Andrew                   Chapter 13 Reading Quiz

SEP 7     Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!  


SEP 10    The Second Great Awakening    Chapter 15 Reading Quiz

SEP 11    The Industrial Revolution    Chapter 14 Reading Quiz

SEP 12    Immigration and Manifest Destiny  Physical Map due      

SEP 13    James K. Polk               Chapter 17 Reading Quiz

SEP 14    Introduction to the Document Based Question     


SEP 17    Document Based Question (Quiz Grade)

SEP 18    Review

SEP 19    Test 2:  The Early Republic

SEP 20    Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters 

SEP 21    The Failure of Compromise    Chapter 18 Reading Quiz     


SEP 24    Bleeding Kansas              Chapter 19 Reading Quiz

SEP 25    North versus South              

SEP 26    War and Industry             Chapter 20 Reading Quiz                   

SEP 27    The War for Southern Independence    

SEP 28    A New Birth of Freedom      


OCT 1     Reconstruction  Chapter 22 Reading Quiz

OCT 2     The New South 

OCT 3     Review

OCT 4     Test 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction

OCT 5     Test 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction







OCT 15    The Gilded Age    

OCT 16    Captains of Industry         Chapter 24 Quiz 

OCT 17    Organised Labour, Immigration, and Urbanisation 

OCT 18    How the West was Won         Chapter 26 Quiz

OCT 19    The Populists  


OCT 22    American Imperialism *       Chapter 27 Quiz

OCT 23    The Progressives 

OCT 24    Separate but Equal               Chapter 28 Quiz

OCT 25    The Progressive Presidents

OCT 26    Document Based Question (Test Grade)


OCT 29    The Great War               Chapter 29 Quiz   

OCT 30    Versailles

OCT 31    Review

NOV 1     Test 4:  America Becomes a World Power

NOV 2     The Business of America           Chapter 30 Quiz


NOV 5     The Roaring Twenties         Chapter 31 Quiz


NOV 7     The Great Depression

NOV 8     The New Deal                Chapter 32 Quiz

NOV 9     The New Deal


NOV 12    The Rise of Totalitarianism

NOV 13    The Arsenal of Democracy         Chapter 33 Quiz

NOV 14    A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

NOV 15    Turning the Tide            Chapter 34 Quiz   

NOV 16    The Atomic Age    


NOV 19    Review

NOV 20    Test 5:  The Great Depression and World War II

NOV 21    THANKSGIVING          




NOV 26    The Cold War Begins          Chapter 35 Quiz

NOV 27    The Fair Deal and the Korean War

NOV 28    I Like Ike                  Chapter 36 Quiz

NOV 29    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

NOV 30    Passing the Torch to a New Generation


DEC 3     Desegregation Begins        Chapter 37 Quiz

DEC 4     Black Power!

DEC 5     Document Based Question (Test Grade)

DEC 6     The War in Vietnam

DEC 7     The Counterculture


DEC 10    Nixon                       Chapter 38 Quiz

DEC 11    Review

DEC 12    Test 6:  The Cold War

DEC 13    The Me Decade

DEC 14    Morning in America           Chapter 39 Quiz


DEC 17    A New World Order           Chapter 40 Quiz   

DEC 18    The New Millennium          Chapter 41 Quiz

DEC 19    Review                     

DEC 20    Final Exam

DEC 21    Final Exam



This page last updated 18 October, 2018.
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