FALL 2020
Some notes are the same as those used in earlier semesters, while some are updated more frequently.  Be sure to check the date on each page.
* Recently updated or uploaded items are marked with a red asterisk. *

Instructor:    Dr. Jerry Alan Sayers
E-mail:        School:

Course Web Page:

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 the final semester 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 student’s return to school. Tests may require an hour and a half, so always be present on test days! 
Classroom Rules:
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 

2020 Fall Session
—subject to change based on health and other conditions

In case of inclement weather, classes will still be held on-line and on-line assignments should be completed at home, unless otherwise announced.  If you miss a lesson or assignment due to illness or other issues, please contact Dr. Sayers as soon as possible to discuss how to make up the missing work.

Please expect an on-line quiz on the lecture notes every 2 to 4 days and an on-line discussion assignment each week, due by midnight on Friday.  Other assignments may be announced as access to resources permits.  Please check the announcements on Canvas every evening.

Video lectures for some topics can be found on the YouTube playlist Dr Sayers Teaches AP US History.

AUG 10    Introduction
AUG 11    Pre-Columbian America  (Video)
AUG 12    The Age of Exploration  (Video)  Lecture Quiz 1
AUG 13    The Chesapeake  (Video)
AUG 14    New England   (Video)  Lecture Quiz 2

AUG 17    The Middle Colonies & The Deep South  (Middle Colonies Video) (Deep South Video)    Discussion Board Introduction Due
AUG 18    The Great Awakening & The French and Indian War  (Great Awakening Video) (French and Indian War Video)  Lecture Quiz 3
AUG 19    Taxation without Representation  (Video)
AUG 20    The Declaration of Independence  (Video) (Video reading of the Declaration of IndependenceLecture Quiz 4
AUG 21    The World Turned Upside Down  (Video)

AUG 24    Review
AUG 25    Test 1: Colonial America
AUG 26    The Articles of Confederation  (Video)
AUG 27    The Constitution  (Video)
AUG 28    Mister President  (Video)
AUG 31    The Greatest Man in the World  (Video)   States and Capitals Map & Constitution Worksheet due
SEP 1     The Adams Administration  (Video)        Lecture Quiz 5
SEP 2     The Revolution of 1800 (Video)
SEP 3     The War of 1812  (Video)
SEP 4     American Nationalism  (Video)            Lecture Quiz 6

SEP 8     The Corrupt Bargain  (Video)
SEP 9     King Andrew  (Video)                     
SEP 10    Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too! (Video part 1, part 2)      Lecture Quiz 7
SEP 11    The Second Great Awakening (Video)       Chapter 15 Reading Quiz

SEP 14    The Industrial Revolution (Video)
SEP 15    Immigration and Manifest Destiny (Video part 1, part 2
SEP 16    James K. Polk (Video)                Lecture Quiz 8 & Physical Map due
SEP 17    Introduction to the Document Based Question & Review
SEP 18    Test 2:  The Early Republic

SEP 21    Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters (Video)    Document Based Question due (Test Grade)
SEP 22    The Failure of Compromise (Video)
SEP 23    Bleeding Kansas (Video)                Lecture Quiz 9
SEP 24    North versus South (Video part 1, part 2)
SEP 25    War and Industry (Video)

SEP 28    The War for Southern Independence (Video)
SEP 29    A New Birth of Freedom (Video)          Lecture Quiz 10
SEP 30    Reconstruction  (Video)
OCT 1     The New South  (Video)
OCT 2     Review


OCT 12    Test 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction
OCT 13    The Gilded Age (Video)

OCT 14    Captains of Industry  (Video)

OCT 15    Organized Labor, Immigration, and Urbanization  (Video part 1,
part 2)  Lecture Quiz 11
OCT 16    How the West was Won 
(Video)            Physical Map Quiz

OCT 19    The Populists 
(Video) (The Wizard of Oz)
OCT 20    American Imperialism  (Video part 1, part 2)              Lecture Quiz 12
OCT 21    The Progressives (Video)

OCT 22    Separate but Equal (Video part 1, part 2)

OCT 23    The Progressive Presidents
(Video)*      Lecture Quiz 13

OCT 26   
The Great War  (Video part 1, part 2)
OCT 27   
The Lost Battalion
OCT 28    The Treaty of Versailles (Video)
Document Based Question (Test Grade)
OCT 29    Review

OCT 30    Test 4:  America Becomes a World Power

NOV 2     The Business of America (Video)
NOV 4     The Roaring Twenties
(Video   Lecture Quiz 14
NOV 5     The Great Depression
* (Video)
NOV 6     The New Deal (Video)
          Lecture Quiz 15

NOV 9     The Rise of Totalitarianism
(Video part 1, part 2)
NOV 10    The Arsenal of Democracy
NOV 11    A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
  Lecture Quiz 16
NOV 12    Turning the Tide
NOV 13    The Atomic Age
  (Video)               Axis Aggression Analysis due

NOV 16    Review
NOV 17    Test 5:  The Roaring ‘20s, Great Depression, & World War II
NOV 18    The Cold War Begins
(Video)              Cold War Map due
NOV 19    The Buck Stops Here (Video part 1, part 2)
NOV 20    I Like Ike  (Video)                  Lecture Quiz 17

NOV 23    Passing the Torch to a New Generation
(Video part 1, part 2) Document Based Question (Test Grade)
NOV 24   
Desegregation Begins (Video)

NOV 30   
Black Power!  (Video)           Lecture Quiz 18
DEC 1    
The War in Vietnam   (Video
DEC 2     The Counterculture  (Video)  
DEC 3     Document Based Question (Test Grade)
DEC 4     Nixon and Watergate   (Video)                Lecture Quiz 19
DEC 7     Review
DEC 8     Test 6:  The Cold War
DEC 9     The Me Decade (Video)
DEC 10    Morning in America
DEC 11    A New World Order (Video)
            Lecture Quiz 20 
DEC 14    The New Millennium (Video); Hope and Change
(Video) Chapter 41 Reading Quiz
DEC 15    Review / Final Exam          
DEC 16    Final Exam
DEC 17    Final Exam
DEC 18    Special Activity

This page last updated 16 December, 2020.
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