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 

2021 Spring Session

In case of inclement weather, lecture and quiz dates may change.  Be sure to check on-line for announcements about schedule changes. If a quiz, test, or homework date is missed due to weather, please be prepared to make it up or turn it in on the first day back in school.

Lecture and reading quizzes will normally be taken on-line as homework.  Quizzes will become available at 7:30 a.m. on the date listed on the syllabus and will normally remain open for 48 hours.

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

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

JAN 5    Introduction &
Pre-Columbian America (Video)
JAN 6   
The Age of Exploration (Video)  Quiz 1:  America before the English
JAN 7   
The Chesapeake (Video)
JAN 8   
New England (Video)  Quiz 2:  The Chesapeake and New England

JAN 11   
The Middle Colonies and The Deep South (Middle Colonies Video; Deep South Video)  Introduction due
JAN 12   
The Great Awakening and The French and Indian War (Great Awakening Video; French and Indian War Video)  Quiz 3:  The Middle Colonies, the Deep South, and the mid-1700s
JAN 13   
Taxation without Representation (Video)
JAN 14   
The Declaration of Independence (Video)  Quiz 4:  The American Revolution Begins
JAN 15   
The World Turned Upside Down (Video)

JAN 18    NO SCHOOL   
JAN 19   
JAN 20    Test 1: Colonial America   
JAN 21   
The Articles of Confederation (Video)
JAN 22   
The Constitution (Video)  States and Capitals Map due

JAN 25   
Mister President (Video)  Constitution Worksheet due
JAN 26   
The Greatest Man in the World (Video)  Presidents Quiz
JAN 27   
The Adams Administration (Video)   Quiz 5:  The Federalists
JAN 28   
The Revolution of 1800(Video) & The War of 1812 (Video)
JAN 29   
American Nationalism (Video)  Quiz 6:  The Jeffersonians

FEB 1    
The Corrupt Bargain (Video)
FEB 2    
FEB 3    
King Andrew (Video)
FEB 4    
Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!(Texas Independence Video; Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too! Video)  Quiz 7:  The Age of Jackson
FEB 5    
The Second Great Awakening (Video)  Chapter 15 Reading Quiz

FEB 8    
The Industrial Revolution (Video) & Immigration and Manifest Destiny (Immigration Video; Manifest Destiny Video)  Quiz 8:  The Market Revolution & Physical Map due
FEB 9    
James K. Polk (Video)  
FEB 10   
Introduction to the Document Based Question & Review
FEB 11   
Test 2:  The Early Republic    
FEB 12   
Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters (Video)  

FEB 15    NO SCHOOL   
FEB 16   
The Failure of Compromise (Video)  Take-Home Document Based Question due (Test Grade)
FEB 17   
Bleeding Kansas (VideoQuiz 9:  Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters
FEB 18   
North versus South (Election of 1860 Video; North versus South Video)  States Map Quiz
FEB 19   
War and Industry (Video)

FEB 22   
The War for Southern Independence (Video)
FEB 23   
A New Birth of Freedom (VideoQuiz 10:  The Civil War
FEB 24   
Reconstruction (Video)
FEB 25   
The New South (Video)
FEB 26   

MAR 1     Test 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction
MAR 2    
The Gilded Age (Video)
MAR 3    
Captains of Industry (Video)
MAR 4    
Organized Labor, Immigration, and Urbanization (Organized Labor Video; Immigration and Urbanization Video) Quiz 11:  The Gilded Age
MAR 5     How the West was Won (Video)
    End of Term 3


MAR 15   
The Populists (Video)(The Wizard of Oz as a populist parable)  Physical Map Quiz
MAR 16   
American Imperialism (American Imperialism Video; A Splendid Little War Video) Quiz 12:  An American Empire
MAR 17   
The Progressives (Video)
MAR 18   
Separate but Equal (The Women's Movement Video; Separate but Equal Video)
MAR 19   
The Progressive Presidents (VideoQuiz 13:  The Age of Reform

MAR 22    Document Based Question (Test Grade)
MAR 23   
The Great War (The Great War Video; The American Expeditionary Force Video)  
MAR 24   
The Treaty of Versailles (Video)  
MAR 25   
MAR 26    Test 4:  America Becomes a World Power

MAR 29   
The Business of America (Video)
MAR 30   
The Roaring Twenties (Video Quiz 14:  The Jazz Age
MAR 31   
The Great Depression (Video)  
APR 1    
The New Deal (Video)  Quiz 15:  The Great Depression

APR 6    
The Rise of Totalitarianism (The Rise of Totalitarianism Video; The Empire of Japan Video)
APR 7    
The Arsenal of Democracy (Video) 
APR 8    
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy (Video) Quiz 16:  The Rise of Totalitarianism / Axis Aggression Activity due
APR 9     Turning the Tide (Video)

APR 12   
The Atomic Age (Video)    
APR 13   
APR 14    Test 5:  The Roaring '20s, Great Depression, & World War II
APR 15   
The Cold War Begins (Video)  Cold War Map due
APR 16   
The Buck Stops Here (The Buck Stops Here Video; The Korean War Video)

APR 19   
I Like Ike (Video)  Quiz 17:  The Cold War Begins
APR 20   
Passing the Torch to a New Generation (JFK Video; LBJ Video)
APR 21   
Desegregation Begins (Video) 
APR 22   
Black Power! (Video)   Quiz 18:  A Great Society
APR 23   
The War in Vietnam (Video)

APR 26   
The Counterculture (Video)  
APR 27   
Nixon and Watergate (Video)   Quiz 19:  Our Long National Nightmare
APR 28   
Document Based Question (Test Grade)
APR 29   
APR 30    Test 6:  The Cold War

MAY 3    
The Me Decade *(Video)
MAY 4    
Morning in America (Video)
MAY 5    
A New World Order (Video) & The New Millennium (Video) & Hope and Change (Video)  Quiz 20:  A New World Order
MAY 6     AP Exam
MAY 7     Final Exam Review

MAY 10    Final Exam Review            Chapter 41 Reading Quiz
MAY 11    Final Exam Review
MAY 12    Final Exam Review
MAY 13    Final Exam Review
MAY 14    Final Exam Review

MAY 17    Final Exam Review
MAY 18    Final Exam Review
MAY 19    Final Exam Review
MAY 20    Final Exam Review
MAY 21    Final Exam Review

MAY 24    Final Exam Review
MAY 25    Final Exams
MAY 26    Final Exams

This page last updated 28 April, 2021.
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