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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 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  



2018 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 4     Introduction

JAN 5     The Gilded Age    


JAN 8     The Gilded Age     Autobiography due / Chapter 23 Quiz

JAN 9     Captains of Industry        

JAN 10    Captains of Industry         Chapter 24 Quiz        

JAN 11    Organised Labour            

JAN 12    The Industrial Age          



JAN 16    Immigration and Urbanisation  Chapter 25 Quiz

JAN 17    NO SCHOOL             


JAN 19    The New South


JAN 22    How the West was Won                 

JAN 23    How the West was Won         Chapter 26 Quiz

JAN 24    The Final Frontier      

JAN 25    Document Based Question (Test Grade) 

JAN 26    The Populists                 Presidents Quiz 


JAN 29    Review

JAN 30    Test 1:  The Growth of America 

JAN 31    American Imperialism

FEB 1     A Splendid Little War        Chapter 27 Quiz

FEB 2     Rough Riders


FEB 5     Rough Riders

FEB 6     Rough Riders        

FEB 7     The Progressives             Chapter 28 Quiz 

FEB 8     The Womenís Movement

FEB 9     Separate but Equal    



FEB 12    The Progressive Presidents

FEB 13    Document Based Question (Test Grade)

FEB 14    The Great War                Chapter 29 Quiz

FEB 15    The American Expeditionary Force 

FEB 16    Versailles


FEB 19    Review

FEB 20    Test 2: America Becomes a World Power

FEB 21    The Business of America

FEB 22    The Business of America          Chapter 30 Quiz

FEB 23    The Roaring Twenties        


FEB 26    The Dark Side of the Jazz Age     Chapter 31 Quiz

FEB 27    The Great Depression    

FEB 28    The New Deal                     Chapter 32 Quiz   

MAR 1     The New Deal

MAR 2     Document Based Question (Test Grade)


MAR 5     The Rise of Totalitarianism

MAR 6     The Arsenal of Democracy         Chapter 33 Quiz

MAR 7     A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

MAR 8     The Home Front                Chapter 34 Quiz

MAR 9     Turning the Tide            

     End of Term 3






MAR 19    The Atomic Age

MAR 20    ACT Testing

MAR 22    The Post-War World

MAR 23    Review

MAR 23    Test 3:  The Great Depression and World War II


MAR 28    The Cold War Begins Cold War Map Due

MAR 29    The Fair Deal                Chapter 35 Quiz   

MAR 30    The Korean War

MAR 31    I Like Ike                  Chapter 36 Quiz

APR 1     NO SCHOOL    



APR 3     A Vast Wasteland

APR 4     The New Frontier

APR 5     Document Based Question (Test Grade)

APR 6     The Great Society           Chapter 37 Quiz


APR 9     Desegregation Begins

APR 10    Desegregation Begins

APR 11    Black Power! 

APR 12    Document Based Question (Test Grade) 

APR 13    Culture in the 1950s and 1960s


APR 17    Culture in the 1970s and 1980s

APR 18    The War in Vietnam

APR 19    Primary Sources from the Vietnam War 

APR 20    The Counterculture


APR 23    Nixon                         Chapter 38 Quiz   

APR 24    Review

APR 25    Test 4:  The Cold War  

APR 26    The Me Decade          

APR 27    Morning in America           Chapter 39 Quiz       


APR 30    A New World Order             Chapter 40 Quiz

MAY 1     A New World Order            

MAY 2     The New Millennium  *         Chapter 41 Quiz

MAY 3     Review                      

MAY 4     Test 5:  A New World Order


MAY 7     AP Exam Review:  Colonial America      Supreme Court Cases Quiz  *

MAY 8     AP Exam Review:  The Revolution and the Constitution    Amendments Quiz *

MAY 9     AP Exam Review:  The Early Republic & the Age of Jackson     

MAY 10    AP Exam Review:  The Civil War and Reconstruction

MAY 11    AP Exam  (Bonus Lesson:  The Two-Party System) *


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    Final Exams

MAY 24    Final Exams



This page last updated 12 April, 2018.
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