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Textbook: Kennedy, David and Lizabeth Cohen.  The American Pageant:  A History of the American People, 15th Edition.  Stamford, Connecticut:  Cengage Learning, 2013.


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 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 6     Introduction
JAN 7     Early America
JAN 8     The Revolution and The Constitution
JAN 9     Antebellum America

JAN 12      Reconstruction                 Presidents Quiz
JAN 13      The Gilded Age
JAN 14      The Gilded Age                 Chapter 23 Quiz
JAN 15      Captains of Industry          
JAN 16      Captains of Industry           States Map Quiz  

JAN 20      Organised Labour               Chapter 24 Quiz
JAN 21      The Industrial Age            
JAN 22     
Immigration and Urbanisation   Chapter 25 Quiz    
JAN 23     
How the West was Won          

JAN 26      How the West was Won           Chapter 26 Quiz
JAN 27     
The Final Frontier             Physical Map Quiz
JAN 28      Introduction to the DBQ       
JAN 29     
The Populists    
JAN 30      Review                         State Capitals Quiz           


FEB 2       Document Based Question (Test Grade)
FEB 3       Test 1:  The Growth of America 
FEB 4      
American Imperialism          
FEB 5      
A Splendid Little War         Chapter 27 Quiz
FEB 6       Rough Riders

FEB 9       Rough Riders
FEB 10     
The Progressives               Chapter 28 Quiz         
FEB 11     
The Womenís Movement
FEB 12     
Separate but Equal
FEB 13     
The Progressive Presidents     Chapter 29 Quiz

FEB 17      Document Based Question (Test Grade)
FEB 18     
The Great War                  Chapter 30 Quiz  
FEB 19      The American Expeditionary Force
FEB 20     

FEB 23      Review   
FEB 24      Test 2: America Becomes a World Power
FEB 25     
The Business of America
FEB 26     
The Business of America        Chapter 31 Quiz
FEB 27
      The Roaring Twenties                      

MAR 2       The Dark Side of the Jazz Age  Chapter 32 Quiz
MAR 3      
The Great Depression   
MAR 4      
The New Deal            Chapter 33 Quiz  
MAR 5      
The New Deal                  
MAR 6       Document Based Question (Test Grade)

             Term 3 Ends


MAR 16      The Rise of Totalitarianism
MAR 17     
The Arsenal of Democracy       Chapter 34 Quiz
MAR 18     
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
MAR 19     
The Home Front   
MAR 20     
Turning the Tide               Chapter 35 Quiz  

MAR 23      The Atomic Age
MAR 24     
The Post-War World
MAR 25     
MAR 26      Test 3:  The Great Depression and World War II
MAR 27     
The Cold War Begins                             


MAR 29      Truman                         Chapter 36 Quiz
MAR 30     
The Fair Deal
APR 1      
The Korean War 
APR 2      
I Like Ike                    Chapter 37 Quiz
APR 3       NO SCHOOL              

APR 7      
A Vast Wasteland
APR 8       Document Based Question (Test Grade)
APR 9      
APR 10      Test 4:  The Cold War Begins

APR 13          A Vast Wasteland and Review    *

APR 14          Test 4:  The Cold War Begins    *

APR 15          The New Frontier     *

APR 16          The Great Society       Chapter 37 Quiz      *

APR 17          Desegregation Begins     * 


APR 20          Desegregation Begins      *

APR 21          Black Power!    *

APR 22          The War in Vietnam     * 

APR 23          Primary Sources from the Vietnam War     *

APR 24          The Counterculture     * 


APR 27          Nixon              Chapter 38 Quiz     *

APR 28          Document Based Question (Test Grade)    *

APR 29          The Me Decade                            *     

APR 30          Morning in America       Chapter 39 Quiz    *

MAY 1           A New World Order      Chapter 40 Quiz          *             


MAY 4           The New Millennium       Chapter 41 Quiz      *

MAY 5           Review        *

MAY 6           Test 5:  A New World Order         * 

MAY 7           AP Exam Review                *

MAY 8           AP Exam   

MAY 11      Final Exam Review
MAY 12      Final Exam Review
MAY 13      Final Exam Review
MAY 14      Final Exam Review
MAY 15      Final Exam Review

MAY 18      Final Exam Review
MAY 19      Final Exam Review
MAY 20     
Final Exam Review
MAY 21     
Final Exam Review *
MAY 22     
Final Exam Review  *

MAY 26      Final Exam Review
MAY 27      Final Exams  *
MAY 28      Final Exams


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