FALL 2015


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              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.



1.  Objective Tests
2.  Essay Tests
3.  Projects (Test Grades)
4.  Quizzes, Homework, Classwork and other Daily Grades (20% of a test grade)
5.  The final exam will count as 25% of the term 4 grade.


In recognition of the challenges posed by an advance placement course, a modified grading scale will be used:

A:  88-100

B:  80-87

C:  70-79

D:  65-69

F:  Below 65


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  

2015 Fall Session

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

Reading quizzes will take place on the dates listed. Be sure to be diligent in reading the textbook.


AUG 4     Homeroom

AUG 5     Introduction

AUG 6     The Renaissance

AUG 7     Pre-Columbian America 


AUG 10    Exploration and Conquest     Chapter 1 Reading Quiz

AUG 11    Jamestown                   

AUG 12    The Chesapeake               Chapter 2 Reading Quiz

AUG 13    A City upon a Hill                 

AUG 14    New England                  Chapter 3 Reading Quiz


AUG 17    The Middle Colonies          Chapter 4 Reading Quiz

AUG 18    The Deep South               

AUG 19    The Great Awakening          Chapter 5 Reading Quiz 

AUG 20    Review  

AUG 21    Test 1:  Colonial America


AUG 24    The French and Indian War    Chapter 6 Reading Quiz

AUG 25    The Great War for Empire

AUG 26    The Great War for Empire      Chapter 7 Reading Quiz

AUG 27    Causes of the Revolution

AUG 28    Taxation without Representation      


AUG 31    The Declaration of Independence      

SEP 1     The British are Coming    Chapter 8 Reading Quiz 

SEP 2     The Times that Try Menís Souls
SEP 3    
The World Turned Upside Down

SEP 4     Review 



SEP 8     Test 2:  The American Revolution   

SEP 9     Introduction to the Document Based Question               Chapter 9 Reading Quiz 

SEP 10    The Articles of Confederation 

SEP 11    The Constitution


SEP 14    Federalists and Anti-Federalists 

SEP 15    Mister President          Chapter 10 Reading Quiz

SEP 16    Mister President

SEP 17    The Greatest Man in the World           States Quiz

SEP 18    Document Based Question (Quiz Grade)


SEP 21    The Adams Administration

SEP 22    The Revolution of 1800       Chapter 11 Reading Quiz

SEP 23    The Jefferson Administration     Presidents Quiz  

SEP 24    The War of 1812

SEP 25    The Second War of American Independence    Chapter 12 Reading Quiz    


SEP 28    American Nationalism 

SEP 29    The Era of Good Feelings        

SEP 30    Review 

OCT 1     Test 3:  The Early Republic 

OCT 2     Life in the Early Republic  






OCT 12    The Corrupt Bargain       

OCT 13    The Jacksonian Revolution    Chapter 13 Reading Quiz

OCT 14    King Andrew

OCT 15    The Trail of Tears

OCT 16    Remember the Alamo!  


OCT 19    Remember the Alamo! 

OCT 20    Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!     Chapter 15 Reading Quiz

OCT 21    The Second Great Awakening

OCT 22    Creating Utopia 

OCT 23    The Industrial Revolution & the Transportation Revolution      Chapter 14 Reading Quiz

OCT 26    The Industrial Revolution & the Transportation Revolution            Physical Map Quiz

OCT 27    Immigration and Nativism             Chapter 17 Reading Quiz

OCT 28    Manifest Destiny

OCT 29    Manifest Destiny

OCT 30    James K. Polk


NOV 2     The Conquest of Mexico


NOV 4     Document Based Question (Test Grade)

NOV 5     Test 4:  The Age of Jackson    (Review guide)

NOV 6     King Cotton                  Chapter 16 Reading Quiz


NOV 9     A Peculiar Institution  

NOV 10    A Peculiar Institution 

NOV 11    Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters    Chapter 18 Reading Quiz

NOV 12    The Compromise of 1850            

NOV 13    Free Soil and Popular Sovereignty    Chapter 19 Reading Quiz


NOV 16    Bleeding Kansas    

NOV 17    Dred Scott and John Brown

NOV 18    The Election of 1860            

NOV 19    Review

NOV 20    Test 5:  The Coming Conflict

NOV 23    North versus South               Chapter 20 Reading Quiz

NOV 24    Thanksgiving Program              

NOV 25    THANKSGIVING           




NOV 30    War and Industry                  

DEC 1     The Battles of Manassas and the Peninsular Campaign Chapter 21 Reading Quiz

DEC 2     Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg      State Capitals Quiz   

DEC 3     The High Tide of the Confederacy 

DEC 4     The War in the West            


DEC 7     In the Wilderness

DEC 8     The March to the Sea and Appomattox

DEC 9     The Assassination of Lincoln 

DEC 10    Presidential Reconstruction       Chapter 22 Reading Quiz

DEC 11    Radical Reconstruction 


DEC 14    Review

DEC 15    Review

DEC 16    Test 6:  Civil War and Reconstruction

DEC 17    Review *

DEC 18    Final Exam


This page last updated 17 December, 2015.
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