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Instructor:    Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:

Course Web Page:

Textbook: John Mack Faragher, et al.  Out of Many:  A History of the American People, 5th Edition.  Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  2007.


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 end of course exam will count count as 25% of the Term 4 grade.

6.  The final exam will count as a regular test 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 student’s 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 put away when 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  



2012 Spring Session

In case of inclement weather, lecture dates may move back one day for each day missed.  Dates marked NO SCHOOL in italics will be school days if earlier dates are missed due to inclement weather.  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.




JAN 4     Introduction

JAN 5     The Revolution 

JAN 6     The Constitution and Antebellum America


JAN 9     Reconstruction

JAN 10    The Gilded Age               Presidents Quiz

JAN 11    The Gilded Age        Chapter 19 Reading Quiz

JAN 12    Captains of Industry



JAN 16    NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Junior Day)

JAN 17    Organised Labour 

JAN 18    The Industrial Age          States Map Quiz        

JAN 19    Immigration and Urbanisation   

JAN 20    How the West was Won           Physical Map Quiz


JAN 23    How the West was Won        Chapter 18 Reading Quiz

JAN 24    The Final Frontier

JAN 25    The Final Frontier      

JAN 26    The Populists                      State Capitals Map Quiz

JAN 27    Introduction to the DBQ  Chapter 20 Reading Quiz         

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JAN 30    Review

JAN 31    Test 1:  The Growth of America

FEB 1     American Imperialism 

FEB 2     A Splendid Little War Take-home Document Based Question due (Test Grade)

FEB 3     The Rough Riders


FEB 6     The Rough Riders

FEB 7     The Progressives            Chapter 21 Reading Quiz 

FEB 8     The Women’s Movement

FEB 9     Separate but Equal



FEB 13    The Progressive Presidents

FEB 14    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

FEB 15    The Great War                   Chapter 22 Reading Quiz

FEB 16    The American Expeditionary Force

FEB 17    Versailles 


FEB 20    NO SCHOOL (Presidents Day) 

FEB 21    Review

FEB 22    Test 2: America Becomes a World Power

FEB 23    The Business of America

FEB 24    The Business of America


FEB 27    The Roaring Twenties         Chapter 23 Reading Quiz

FEB 28    The Dark Side of the Jazz Age

FEB 29    The Great Depression

MAR 1     The New Deal                 Chapter 24 Reading Quiz

MAR 2     The Grapes of Wrath


MAR 5     Document Based Question (Test Grade)

MAR 6     The New Deal

MAR 7     The New Deal         Chapter 25 Reading Quiz

MAR 8     The Rise of Totalitarianism

MAR 9     The Rise of Totalitarianism

              Term 3 Ends






MAR 19    The Rise of Totalitarianism

MAR 20    The Arsenal of Democracy 

MAR 21    A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

MAR 22    The Home Front 

MAR 23    Turning the Tide           


MAR 26    The Atomic Age

MAR 27    The Post-War World

MAR 28    Test 3:  The Great Depression and World War II (Review)

MAR 29    The Cold War Begins 

MAR 30    Truman         Chapter 26 Reading Quiz


APR 2     Truman

APR 3     The Fair Deal

APR 4     The Korean War

APR 5     I Like Ike                  Chapter 27 Reading Quiz

APR 6     NO SCHOOL (Good Friday)


APR 9     NO SCHOOL (Easter Monday)

APR 10    A Vast Wasteland

APR 11    Review

APR 12    Test 4:  The Cold War Begins

APR 13    The New Frontier


APR 16    The Great Society

APR 17    The Great Society         Chapter 28 Reading Quiz

APR 18    Desegregation Begins

APR 19    Desegregation Begins

APR 20    Black Power!    Chapter 29 Reading Quiz


APR 23    The War in Vietnam

APR 24    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War

APR 25    The Counterculture

APR 26    Nixon

APR 27    The Me Decade           Chapter 30 Reading Quiz


APR 30    Morning in America

MAY 1     A New World Order           Chapter 31 Reading Quiz

MAY 2     Document Based Question (Test Grade)

MAY 3     The New Millennium and Review

MAY 4     Test 5:  A New World Order


MAY 7     AP Exam Review    End of Course Study Guide *  Page 1 and 2 Quizzes


MAY 9     AP Exam Review    End of Course Study Guide *  Page 3 and 4 Quizzes

MAY 10    AP Exam Review    End of Course Study Guide *  Page 5 and 6 Quizzes

MAY 11    AP Exam  


MAY 14    Final Exam Review

MAY 15    Final Exam Review   

MAY 16    Final Exam Review   

MAY 17    Final Exam Review

MAY 18    Final Exam Review


MAY 21    Final Exam Review

MAY 22    Final Exam Review   

MAY 23    NO SCHOOL   Final Exam Review 

MAY 24    Final Exam Review

MAY 25    Final Exam Review


MAY 28    NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

MAY 29    Final Exams

MAY 30    Final Exams

This page last updated 4 May, 2012.
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