UNITED STATES HISTORY THROUGH FILM
SYLLABUS
FALL 2019

 

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Instructor:    Dr. Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:  sayersd@jcschools.org
               Home:    dusty@sayersnet.com

Course Web Page:    http://www.sayersnet.com/history


Textbook: None assigned; printed or on-line reading assignments will be provided throughout the semester.


Objective: The purpose of this course is to use theatrical and documentary films to illustrate important or interesting topics in United States History, in order to supplement the United States History class curriculum.

 

Fee:  The Social Studies Department collects a $5 fee payable in cash or a check made out to Science Hill High School.

 




Evaluation may include:

 

1.  Objective Tests

2.  Essay Tests

3.  Long-term Research Projects and Presentations (test grade)

4.  Quizzes, Homework, Classwork and other Daily Grades (20% of a test grade)

5.  Short-term Research Projects and Presentations (20% of a test grade)
6.  The final exam will count as 15% of the semester grade.

 
The standard grading scale will be used:

A:  93-100
B:  85-92
C:  75-84
D:  70-74
F:  Below 70

 

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! 

 

Rules:

  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  



2019 Fall Session

 

In case of inclement weather, topics may move back one day for each day missed.  If a quiz, test, or homework date is missed due to weather, students should be prepared to make it up or turn it in on the first day back in school.

 

AUG 5     Introduction

AUG 6     Introduction

AUG 7     Colonial America (Colonizing America; The Natives and the English; The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies); The French and Indian War (The Last of the Mohicans)        

AUG 8     The French and Indian War (The Last of the Mohicans) Autobiography Due

AUG 9     The French and Indian War (The Last of the Mohicans)

 

AUG 12    Taxation without Representation (John Adams)  Fee Due

AUG 13    Taxation without Representation (John Adams) 

AUG 14    The Declaration of Independence (1776)

AUG 15    The Declaration of Independence (1776)

AUG 16    The Declaration of Independence (1776)

 

AUG 19    The Declaration of Independence (1776); Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing)

AUG 20    Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing)

AUG 21    Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing); The Saratoga Campaign (The Revolution)

AUG 22    The Saratoga Campaign (The Revolution)

AUG 23    The Revolutionary War in the South (Revolution and other selections) 

         

AUG 26    The Revolutionary War in the South (Revolution and other selections) 

AUG 27    The Revolutionary War in the South (Revolution and other selections) 

AUG 28    The Revolutionary War in the South (Revolution and other selections) 

AUG 29    Test 1:  The American Revolution
AUG 30    Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad) 

 

SEP 2     LABOR DAY

SEP 3     Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad) 

SEP 4     Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad)      

SEP 5     The Civil War (Antietam)    

SEP 6     The Civil War (Antietam)  

 

SEP 9     The Civil War (Antietam); The Civil War (Glory)  

SEP 10    The Civil War (Glory);   

SEP 11    The Civil War (Glory); Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York)        

SEP 12    Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York)    

SEP 13    Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York) 

     

SEP 16    Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York)

SEP 17    Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York); Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln) 

SEP 18    Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln)

SEP 19    Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln)  

SEP 20    Test 2:  Slavery and the Civil War     

 

SEP 23    American Imperialism (Rough Riders)   

SEP 24    American Imperialism (Rough Riders)             

SEP 25    American Imperialism (Rough Riders) 

SEP 26    American Imperialism (Rough Riders)  

SEP 27    The Kingdom of Hawai'i (Princess Ka'iulani)

SEP 30    The Kingdom of Hawai'i (Princess Ka'iulani)

OCT 1     Big Stick Diplomacy (A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama)

OCT 2     Big Stick Diplomacy (A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama); The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York)

OCT 3     The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York)

OCT 4     The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York)  


 

FALL BREAK  



OCT 14    The Labor Movement (The Homestead Strike) *   

OCT 15    The Labor Movement (Matewan) *

OCT 16    Test 3:  America Becomes a World Power *  

OCT 17    The Labor Movement (Matewan)     

OCT 18    The Labor Movement (Matewan)

 

OCT 21    The Labor Movement (Matewan)*; The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)

OCT 22    The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)

OCT 23    The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)*; The 1920s*

OCT 24    The 1920s*; The Jazz Singer *

OCT 25    The Jazz Singer *

 

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NOV 5     NO SCHOOL

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NOV 27    THANKSGIVING

NOV 28    THANKSGIVING

NOV 29    THANKSGIVING

 

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DEC 19    Final Exams

DEC 20    Final Exams

 



 

This page last updated 19 October, 2019.