FALL 2017


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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 15% of the semester grade.

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

A:  90-100
B:  82-89
C:  72-81
D:  67-71
F:  Below 67


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  

2017 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.

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



AUG 2     Homeroom

AUG 3     Introduction

AUG 4     Pre-Columbian America


AUG 7     The Renaissance              Autobiography and Fee due

AUG 8     Exploration and Conquest      Chapter 1 Reading Quiz  

AUG 9     Jamestown 

AUG 10    The Chesapeake               Chapter 2 Reading Quiz

AUG 11    A City upon a Hill 


AUG 14    New England                  Chapter 3 Reading Quiz

AUG 15    The Middle Colonies                  

AUG 16    The Deep South                Chapter 4 Reading Quiz

AUG 17    The Great Awakening                  

AUG 18    Review                         Chapter 5 Reading Quiz


AUG 21    Test 1:  Colonial America

AUG 22    The French and Indian War    

AUG 23    The Great War for Empire      Chapter 6 Reading Quiz

AUG 24    The Great War for Empire     

AUG 25    Causes of the Revolution      Chapter 7 Reading Quiz       


AUG 28    Taxation without Representation 

AUG 29    The Declaration of Independence

AUG 30    The British are Coming        Chapter 8 Reading Quiz

AUG 31    The Times that Try Menís Souls Revolutionary War Map due

SEP 1     The World Turned Upside Down  States and Capitals Map



SEP 5     Review 

SEP 6     Test 2:  The American Revolution  

SEP 7     Introduction to the Document Based Question

SEP 8     The Articles of Confederation Chapter 9 Reading Quiz


SEP 11    The Constitution                  DBQ Pre-writing due     

SEP 12    Federalists and Anti-Federalists 

SEP 13    Mister President    Chapter 10 Reading Quiz

SEP 14    The Greatest Man in the World Constitution Worksheet due   

SEP 15    Document Based Question (Quiz Grade)   


SEP 18    The Adams Administration      Presidents Quiz    

SEP 19    The Revolution of 1800        Chapter 11 Reading Quiz

SEP 20    The Jefferson Administration  States Quiz

SEP 21    The War of 1812

SEP 22    The Second War of American Independence Chapter 12 Reading Quiz     

SEP 25    American Nationalism

SEP 26    The Era of Good Feelings          

SEP 27    Review   

SEP 28    Test 3:  The Early Republic (2nd Period)

SEP 29    Test 3:  The Early Republic (1st and 3rd Period)




OCT 9     The Corrupt Bargain 

OCT 10    The Jacksonian Revolution     Chapter 13 Reading Quiz

OCT 11    King Andrew

OCT 12    The Trail of Tears

OCT 13    Remember the Alamo!           Physical Map due 


OCT 16    Remember the Alamo!

OCT 17    Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!    Chapter 15 Reading Quiz

OCT 18    The Second Great Awakening

OCT 19    Creating Utopia

OCT 20    The Industrial Revolution     Chapter 14 Reading Quiz


OCT 23    The Industrial Revolution     Physical Map Quiz

OCT 24    Immigration and Nativism      Chapter 17 Reading Quiz

OCT 25    Manifest Destiny

OCT 26    Manifest Destiny

OCT 27    James K. Polk


OCT 30    The Conquest of Mexico

OCT 31    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

NOV 1     Review

NOV 2     Test 4:  The Age of Jackson   

NOV 3     King Cotton                 


NOV 6     Abolitionists and Fire-Eaters   Chapter 16 Reading Quiz 


NOV 8     A Peculiar Institution             

NOV 9     A Peculiar Institution          Chapter 18 Reading Quiz

NOV 10    The Compromise of 1850 


NOV 13    Free Soil and Popular Sovereignty Chapter 19 Reading Quiz

NOV 14    Bleeding Kansas 

NOV 15    Dred Scott and John Brown

NOV 16    The Election of 1860  *

NOV 17    Review


NOV 20    Test 5:  The Coming Conflict

NOV 21    Thanksgiving Program             

NOV 22    THANKSGIVING          




NOV 27    North versus South                 Chapter 20 Reading Quiz

NOV 28    War and Industry

NOV 29    The Battles of Manassas and the Peninsular Campaign    Chapter 21 Reading Quiz

NOV 30    Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg      Civil War Maps due

DEC 1     The High Tide of the Confederacy   State Capitals Quiz     


DEC 4     The War in the West 

DEC 5     In the Wilderness

DEC 6     The March to the Sea and Appomattox

DEC 7     The Assassination of Lincoln 

DEC 8     Presidential Reconstruction        Chapter 22 Reading Quiz


DEC 11    Radical Reconstruction 

DEC 12    Review

DEC 13    Test 6:  Civil War and Reconstruction

DEC 14    Review

DEC 15    Review


DEC 18    3rd Period Final Exams

DEC 19    1st and 2nd Period Final Exams


This page last updated 25 November, 2017.
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