FALL 2019


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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  

2019 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 5     Introduction

AUG 6     Introduction

AUG 7     Pre-Columbian America            

AUG 8     The Age of Exploration                   Chapter 1 Reading Quiz & Autobiography due

AUG 9     The Chesapeake                           Chapter 2 Reading Quiz 


AUG 12    New England                              Chapter 3 Reading Quiz & Fee due

AUG 13    The Middle Colonies & The Deep South     Chapter 4 Reading Quiz

AUG 14    The Great Awakening & The French and Indian War  

AUG 15    Taxation without Representation          Chapter 7 Reading Quiz 

AUG 16    The Declaration of Independence  


AUG 19    The World Turned Upside Down             Chapter 8 Reading Quiz

AUG 20    Review

AUG 21    Test 1: Colonial America

AUG 22    The Articles of Confederation            States and Capitals Map due

AUG 23    The Constitution                         Chapter 9 Reading Quiz 


AUG 26    Mister President                         Chapter 10 Reading Quiz

AUG 27    The Greatest Man in the World            Constitution Worksheet due

AUG 28    The Adams Administration                 Presidents Quiz

AUG 29    The Revolution of 1800                   Chapter 11 Reading Quiz

AUG 30    The War of 1812   



SEP 3     American Nationalism                     Chapter 12 Reading Quiz

SEP 4     The Corrupt Bargain     

SEP 5     Manifest Destiny  

SEP 6     King Andrew                            Chapter 13 Reading Quiz 


SEP 9     Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!              Chapter 15 Reading Quiz 

          (Read The Second Great Awakening  at home)

SEP 10    The Industrial Revolution                Chapter 14 Reading Quiz

SEP 11    Immigration and Manifest Destiny         Physical Map due      

SEP 12    James K. Polk                            Chapter 17 Reading Quiz

SEP 13    Introduction to the Document Based Question     


SEP 16    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

SEP 17    Review

SEP 18    Test 2:  The Early Republic

SEP 19    Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters

SEP 20    The Failure of Compromise                Chapter 18 Reading Quiz     


SEP 23    Bleeding Kansas                          Chapter 19 Reading Quiz

SEP 24    North versus South           

SEP 25    War and Industry                         Chapter 20 Reading Quiz

SEP 26    The War for Southern Independence

SEP 27    A New Birth of Freedom      


SEP 30    Reconstruction                           Chapter 22 Reading Quiz

OCT 1     The New South

OCT 2     Review

OCT 3     Test 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction (3rd period)

OCT 4     Test 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction (4th period)







OCT 14    The Gilded Age    

OCT 15    Captains of Industry                      Chapter 24 Reading Quiz 

OCT 16    Organised Labour, Immigration, and Urbanisation Chapter 25 Reading Quiz

OCT 17    How the West was Won       

OCT 18    The Populists                             Chapter 26 Reading Quiz


OCT 21    American Imperialism                      

OCT 22    Document Based Question (Test Grade)      Chapter 27 Reading Quiz

OCT 23    The Progressives                         

OCT 24    Separate but Equal                        Chapter 28 Reading Quiz 

OCT 25    The Progressive Presidents


OCT 28    The Great War                             Chapter 29 Reading Quiz

OCT 29    The Treaty of Versailles

OCT 30    Review

OCT 31    Test 4:  America Becomes a World Power

NOV 1     The Business of America                   


NOV 4     The Roaring Twenties                      Chapter 30 Reading Quiz


NOV 6     The Great Depression                      Chapter 31 Reading Quiz 

NOV 7     The New Deal                              Chapter 32 Reading Quiz

NOV 8     The New Deal

NOV 11    The Rise of Totalitarianism

NOV 12    The Arsenal of Democracy                  Chapter 33 Reading Quiz

NOV 13    A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

NOV 14    Turning the Tide                          Chapter 34 Reading Quiz

NOV 15    The Atomic Age                            Axis Aggression Analysis


NOV 18    Review

NOV 19    Test 5:  The Roaring Ď20s, Great Depression, & World War II

NOV 20    The Cold War Begins                       Chapter 35 Reading Quiz           

NOV 21    The Buck Stops Here

NOV 22    I Like Ike                                Chapter 36 Reading Quiz


NOV 25    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

NOV 26    Passing the Torch to a New Generation





DEC 2     Desegregation Begins                       Chapter 37 Reading Quiz

DEC 3     Black Power!

DEC 4     The War in Vietnam *

DEC 5     Document Based Question (Test Grade) *

DEC 6     The Counterculture


DEC 9     Richard Nixon                              Chapter 38 Reading Quiz

DEC 10    Review

DEC 11    Test 6:  The Cold War

DEC 12    The Me Decade

DEC 13    Morning in America                         Chapter 39 Reading Quiz


DEC 16    A New World Order                          Chapter 40 Reading Quiz

DEC 17    The New Millennium                         Chapter 41 Reading Quiz

DEC 18    Review                       

DEC 19    Review

DEC 20    Final Exam

 This page last updated 29 November, 2019.
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