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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 Spring Session


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


Topics that are in large italic type will not be covered in detail in class; please read the on-line notes on Canvas or the class web page carefully.



JAN 8     Introduction       

JAN 9     Pre-Columbian America & The Age of Exploration

JAN 10    The Chesapeake                 Chapter 2 Reading Quiz

JAN 11    New England                   Chapter 3 Reading Quiz


JAN 14    The Middle Colonies & The Deep South     Chapter 4 Reading Quiz; Autobiography & Fee due

JAN 15    The Great Awakening & The French and Indian War   

JAN 16    Taxation without Representation     Chapter 7 Reading Quiz  

JAN 17    The Declaration of Independence         

JAN 18    The World Turned Upside Down         Chapter 8 Reading Quiz


JAN 21    NO SCHOOL                    

JAN 22    Review                      States and Capitals Map due

JAN 23    Test 1: Colonial America

JAN 24    The Articles of Confederation 

JAN 25    The Constitution                Chapter 9 Reading Quiz  


JAN 28    The Constitution               Chapter 10 Reading Quiz


JAN 30    Mister President      Constitution Worksheet due  & Presidents Quiz

JAN 31    The Greatest Man in the World    Chapter 11 Reading Quiz

FEB 1     The Adams Administration         Chapter 12 Quiz    


FEB 4     The Revolution of 1800  & The War of 1812 American Nationalism

FEB 5     The Corrupt Bargain           Chapter 13 Reading Quiz

FEB 6     King Andrew

FEB 7     King Andrew   Chapter 15 Reading Quiz

FEB 8     Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too! Chapter 14 Reading Quiz


FEB 11    The Industrial Revolution & The Second Great Awakening Physical Map due      

FEB 12    Immigration and Manifest Destiny     Chapter 17 Reading Quiz

FEB 13    James K. Polk      

FEB 14    Introduction to the Document Based Question

FEB 15    Document Based Question


FEB 18    Review  

FEB 19    Test 2:  The Early Republic

FEB 20    Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters

FEB 21    The Failure of Compromise       Chapter 18 Reading Quiz

FEB 22    Bleeding Kansas              Chapter 19 Reading Quiz            

FEB 25    North versus South & War and Industry 

FEB 26    The War for Southern Independence  Chapter 20 Reading Quiz 

FEB 27    A New Birth of Freedom    

FEB 28    Reconstruction               Chapter 22 Reading Quiz

MAR 1     The New South 


MAR 4     Review

MAR 5     Test 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction

MAR 6     The Gilded Age

MAR 7     The Gilded Age         Chapter 24 Reading Quiz 

MAR 8     Captains of Industry 

     End of Term 3






MAR 18    Captains of Industry           Chapter 26 Reading Quiz 

MAR 19    Organised Labour, Immigration, and Urbanisation          AP Exam Review:  Colonial America

MAR 20    How the West was Won        Chapter 27 Reading Quiz

MAR 21    The Populists 

MAR 22    American Imperialism              Chapter 28 Reading Quiz


MAR 25    The Progressives        

MAR 26    Separate but Equal                                    AP Exam Review:  The Revolution and the Constitution

MAR 27    The Progressive Presidents                 Chapter 29 Reading Quiz

MAR 28    The Great War

MAR 29    The Treaty of Versailles & Review


APR 1     Test 4:  America Becomes a World Power

APR 2     ACT Testing & The Business of America & The Roaring Twenties  

APR 3     The Great Depression          Chapter 30 Quiz

APR 4     The New Deal                 Chapter 32 Reading Quiz    AP Exam Review:  The Early Republic & the Age of Jackson

APR 5     The Rise of Totalitarianism 


APR 8     The Arsenal of Democracy      Chapter 33 Reading Quiz

APR 9     A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

APR 10    Turning the Tide               Chapter 34 Reading Quiz

APR 11    The Atomic Age                 AP Exam Review:  The Civil War and Reconstruction

APR 12    Review


APR 15    Test 5:  The Roaring '20s, Great Depression, & World War II

APR 16    The Cold War Begins            Chapter 35 Reading Quiz

APR 17    The Buck Stops Here

APR 18    I Like Ike                   Chapter 36 Reading Quiz  AP Exam Review:  The Gilded Age



APR 22    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

APR 23    Passing the Torch to a New Generation

APR 24    Desegregation Begins           Chapter 37 Reading Quiz 

APR 25    Black Power!                AP Exam Review:  America Becomes a World Power 

APR 26    The War in Vietnam 


APR 29    The Counterculture 

APR 30    Document Based Question (Test Grade)   

MAY 1     Richard Nixon                        Chapter 38 Reading Quiz

MAY 2     Review                       AP Exam Review:  The Jazz Age, the Great Depression, and WWII *

MAY 3     Test 6:  The Cold War


MAY 6     The Me Decade & Morning in America * & Unit 7:  A New World Order study guide Chapter 39 Reading Quiz *

MAY 7     A New World Order * & The New Millennium *    Chapter 40 Quiz *          

MAY 8     AP Multiple Choice Section (Test Grade) *

MAY 9     AP Exam Review           AP Exam Review:  The Cold War and the End of History       

MAY 10    AP Exam (Additional Review:  The Two-Party System)


MAY 13    Final Exam Review         Chapter 41 Reading Quiz

MAY 14    Final Exam Review

MAY 15    Final Exam Review

MAY 16    Final Exam Review

MAY 17    Senior Honours Day *


MAY 20    Final Exam Review

MAY 21    Final Exam Review

MAY 22    Final Exam Review

MAY 23    Final Exams

MAY 24    Final Exams



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