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   Jerry Alan Sayers

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Textbook: John Mack Faragher, et alOut 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 final exam will count as 25% of the term 4 grade.

    7.  #5 and #6 might not be true.


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  


2013 Spring 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.



JAN 8     Introduction

JAN 9     The Revolution and The Constitution

JAN 10    Antebellum America

JAN 11    Antebellum America and Reconstruction


JAN 14    The Gilded Age 

JAN 15    The Gilded Age                    Presidents Quiz

JAN 16    Captains of Industry         Chapter 19 Reading Quiz

JAN 17    Captains of Industry   




JAN 22    Organised Labour             States Map Quiz 

JAN 23    The Industrial Age
JAN 24   
Immigration and Urbanisation



JAN 28    How the West was Won         Chapter 18 Reading Quiz

JAN 29    How the West was Won         Physical Map Quiz

JAN 30    The Final Frontier

JAN 31    Introduction to the DBQ      

FEB 1     The Final Frontier         Chapter 20 Reading Quiz        


FEB 4     The Populists             State Capitals Map Quiz

FEB 5     Review 

FEB 6     Test 1:  The Growth of America 

FEB 7     American Imperialism

FEB 8     A Splendid Little War 


FEB 11    Rough Riders 

FEB 12    Rough Riders

FEB 13    The Progressives              Chapter 21 Reading Quiz 

FEB 14    The Womenís Movement 

FEB 15    Separate but Equal 


FEB 18    The Progressive Presidents

FEB 19    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

FEB 20    The Great War                 Chapter 22 Reading Quiz

FEB 21    The American Expeditionary Force

FEB 22    Versailles


FEB 25    Review

FEB 26    Test 2: America Becomes a World Power

FEB 27    The Business of America

FEB 28    The Business of America

MAR 1     The Roaring Twenties          Chapter 23 Reading Quiz


MAR 4     The Roaring Twenties   *

MAR 5     The Dark Side of the Jazz Age *

MAR 6     The Dark Side of the Jazz Age   *               Chapter 24 Reading Quiz

MAR 7     O Brother, Where Art Thou? *

MAR 8     O Brother, Where Art Thou? *

Term 3 Ends






MAR 18    The Great Depression *

MAR 19    The New Deal *

MAR 20    Document Based Question (Test Grade) *

MAR 21    The Rise of Totalitarianism *

MAR 22    The Arsenal of Democracy     *      Chapter 25 Reading Quiz   *         


MAR 25    A Date Which Will Live in Infamy  *

MAR 26    The Home Front  *

MAR 27    Turning the Tide   *

MAR 28    The Atomic Age *



APR 1     The Post-War World   *       

APR 2     Review     *            

APR 3     Test 3:  The Great Depression and World War II  *

APR 4     The Cold War Begins    * 

APR 5     Truman *   Chapter 26 Reading Quiz *


APR 8     The Fair Deal *

APR 9     The Korean War  *

APR 10    I Like Ike        *                Chapter 27 Reading Quiz  *

APR 11    A Vast Wasteland * 

APR 12    Review


APR 15    Test 4:  The Cold War Begins   

APR 16    Culture of the 1960s

APR 17    The New Frontier

APR 18    The Great Society

APR 19    Desegregation Begins         Chapter 28 Reading Quiz


APR 22    Desegregation Begins

APR 23    Black Power!

APR 24    The War in Vietnam           Chapter 29 Reading Quiz

APR 25    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War

APR 26    The Counterculture


APR 29    Nixon

APR 30    The Me Decade  

MAY 1     Morning in America           Chapter 30 Reading Quiz

MAY 2     A New World Order 

MAY 3     The New Millennium           Chapter 31 Reading Quiz


MAY 6     Review  

MAY 7     Test 5:  A New World Order

MAY 8     AP Exam Review

MAY 9     Document Based Question (Test Grade)

MAY 10    AP Exam Review


MAY 13    AP Exam Review

MAY 14    End of Course Exam  (End of Course Study Guide)

MAY 15    AP Exam

MAY 16    Final Exam Review

MAY 17    Final Exam Review


MAY 20    Final Exam Review

MAY 21    Final Exam Review

MAY 22    Final Exam Review

MAY 23    Final Exam Review

MAY 24    Final Exam Review


MAY 27    NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

MAY 28    Final Exams

MAY 29    Final Exams


This page last updated 16 March, 2013.
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