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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 the final grade for the course.

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 7     Introduction       

JAN 8     Pre-Columbian America & The Age of Exploration 

JAN 9     The Chesapeake               Chapter 2 Reading Quiz

JAN 10    New England                   Chapter 3 Reading Quiz


JAN 13    The Middle Colonies & The Deep South     Chapter 4 Reading Quiz; Autobiography & Fee due

JAN 14    The Great Awakening & The French and Indian War  

JAN 15    Taxation without Representation       Chapter 7 Reading Quiz  

JAN 16    The Declaration of Independence        

JAN 17    The World Turned Upside Down         Chapter 8 Reading Quiz


JAN 20    NO SCHOOL                    

JAN 21    Review                               States and Capitals Map due

JAN 22    Test 1: Colonial America

JAN 23    The Articles of Confederation

JAN 24    The Constitution                      Chapter 9 Reading Quiz  


JAN 27    Mister President                      Chapter 10 Reading Quiz

JAN 28    The Greatest Man in the World        Constitution Worksheet due

JAN 29    The Adams Administration               Presidents Quiz

JAN 30    The Revolution of 1800                Chapter 11 Reading Quiz

JAN 31    The War of 1812  & American Nationalism    Chapter 12 Reading Quiz    


FEB 3     The Corrupt Bargain            Chapter 13 Reading Quiz

FEB 4     King Andrew

FEB 5     King Andrew  & Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!    Chapter 15 Reading Quiz

FEB 6     The Second Great Awakening     Chapter 14 Reading Quiz



FEB 10    The Industrial Revolution & Immigration and Manifest Destiny   Physical Map due 

FEB 11    James K. Polk                  Chapter 17 Reading Quiz 

FEB 12    Review 

FEB 13    Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters

FEB 14    Test 2:  The Early Republic  


FEB 17    The Failure of Compromise    Chapter 18 Reading Quiz 

FEB 18    Bleeding Kansas              Chapter 19 Reading Quiz 

FEB 19    North versus South 

FEB 20    War and Industry              Chapter 20 Reading Quiz      

FEB 21    The War for Southern Independence 


FEB 24    A New Birth of Freedom        

FEB 25    Introduction to the Document Based Question   

FEB 26    Reconstruction                 Chapter 22 Reading Quiz

FEB 27    Reconstruction 

FEB 28    The New South


MAR 2     The New South & Review

MAR 3     Test 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction    & The Gilded Age

MAR 4     The Gilded Age           Chapter 24 Reading Quiz 

MAR 5     Captains of Industry   

MAR 6     Organised Labour, Immigration, and Urbanisation   Chapter 26 Reading Quiz 


MAR 9     How the West was Won

MAR 10    The Populists  & American Imperialism   Chapter 27 Reading Quiz

MAR 11    The Progressives

MAR 12    Separate but Equal            Chapter 28 Reading Quiz

MAR 13    The Progressive Presidents   

     End of Term 3





MAR 23    The Great War                Chapter 29 Reading Quiz 

MAR 24    The Treaty of Versailles

MAR 25    Review

MAR 26    Test 4:  America Becomes a World Power

MAR 27    The Business of America & The Roaring Twenties Chapter 30 Quiz & Coronavirus Theatre Worksheet due 


MAR 30    The Great Depression  Chapter 31 Quiz 

MAR 31    The New Deal                 Chapter 32 Reading Quiz 

APR 1     The Rise of Totalitarianism        

APR 2     The Arsenal of Democracy     Chapter 33 Reading Quiz

APR 3     A Date Which Will Live in Infamy   


APR 6     Turning the Tide  Axis Aggression Activity due & Chapter 34 Reading Quiz & Coronavirus Theatre Worksheet due 

APR 7     The Atomic Age

APR 8     Review

APR 9     Test 5:  The Roaring '20s, Great Depression, & World War II




APR 14    The Cold War Begins           Cold War Map due

APR 15    The Buck Stops Here           Chapter 35 Reading Quiz

APR 16    I Like Ike                    Chapter 36 Reading Quiz 

APR 17    Document Based Question (Test Grade)


APR 20    Passing the Torch to a New Generation

APR 21    Desegregation Begins          Chapter 37 Reading Quiz 

APR 22    Desegregation Begins 

APR 23    Black Power!            

APR 24    The War in Vietnam


APR 27    The Counterculture

APR 28    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

APR 29    Richard Nixon               Chapter 38 Reading Quiz

APR 30    Review                      Coronavirus Theatre Cold War Worksheet Due *

MAY 1     Test 6:  The Cold War


MAY 4     The Me Decade & Unit 7:  A New World Order study guide

MAY 5     Morning in America            Chapter 39 Reading Quiz

MAY 6     A New World Order

MAY 7     The New Millennium  * Chapter 40 Reading  Quiz

MAY 8     AP Exam Review *


MAY 11    AP Exam Review *          

MAY 12    AP Exam Review *              Chapter 41 Reading Quiz *

MAY 13    AP Exam Review *

MAY 14    AP Exam Review *

MAY 15    AP Exam *


MAY 18    Final Exam Review

MAY 19    Final Exam Review

MAY 20    Final Exam Review

MAY 21    Final Exams

MAY 22    Final Exams


This page last updated 25 April, 2020.
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