UNITED STATES HISTORY THROUGH FILM
SYLLABUS
FALL 2021
 
Some notes are the same as those used in earlier semesters, while some are updated more frequently.  Be sure to check the date on each page.
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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:

1.  Objective Tests
2.  Essay Tests
3.  Video Worksheets, Homework, and other small grades (20% of a test grade)
4.  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 student’s return to school. Tests may require an hour and a half, so always be present on test days! 
 
Classroom 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 

 
2020 Fall Session
—subject to change based on health and other conditions

In case of inclement weather, classes will still be held on-line and on-line assignments should be completed at home, unless otherwise announced.  If you miss a lesson or assignment due to illness or other issues, please contact Dr. Sayers as soon as possible to discuss how to make up the missing work.

Video lectures for many topics can be found on the YouTube playlist Dr Sayers Teaches US History through Film.

The schedule of showtimes is still being developed.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

AUG 4     Introduction
AUG 5     The American Revolution and the Creation of the Constitution
AUG 6     The Early Republic

AUG 9    
Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad) (Introduction part 1, part 2) (Worksheet)
AUG 10   
Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad) (Worksheet)
AUG 11   
Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad) (Worksheet)
AUG 12   
Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad) (Worksheet Discussion and Afterward)
AUG 13    12 Years a Slave

AUG 16   
12 Years a Slave
AUG 17   
12 Years a Slave
AUG 18   
The War Between the States (Antietam) (Introduction part 1, part 2)
AUG 19   
The War Between the States (Antietam) (Worksheet) (Afterward)
AUG 20   
A New Birth of Freedom (Glory) (Worksheet)

AUG 23   
A New Birth of Freedom (Glory) (Worksheet Discussion and Afterward part 1, part 2, and part 3)
AUG 24   
Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln) (Introduction) (Worksheet)  
AUG 25   
Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln) (Worksheet)  
AUG 26   
Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln) (Worksheet Discussion part 1, part 2, and Afterward); Reconstruction (Worksheet)
AUG 27   
Test 1:  Slavery and the Civil War

AUG 30    The Industrial Revolution
AUG 31    The Men who Built America:  "A New War Begins"
SEP 1    
The Men who Built America:  "Bloody Battles"
SEP 2    
The Labor Movement (The Homestead Strike)
SEP 3    
The Men who Built America:  "Changing the Game"

SEP 6     LABOR DAY   
SEP 7    
The Men who Built America:  "When One Ends, Another Begins"
SEP 8     
Henry Ford:  Tin Lizzie Tycoon
SEP 9    
The Labor Movement (Matewan)
SEP 10   
The Labor Movement (Matewan)

SEP 13   
The Labor Movement (Matewan)
SEP 14   
The Labor Movement (Matewan)
SEP 15   
Test 2:  The Industrial Revolution
SEP 16   
American Imperialism (Rough Riders) (Introduction) (Worksheet)
SEP 17   
American Imperialism (Rough Riders) (Worksheet)

SEP 20   
American Imperialism (Rough Riders) (Video Worksheet Discussion and Afterward)
SEP 21   
The Kingdom of Hawai'i (Princess Ka'iulani) (Introduction) (Worksheet)
SEP 22   
The Kingdom of Hawai'i (Princess Ka'iulani) (Video Worksheet Discussion)
SEP 23   
Big Stick Diplomacy (A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama) (Introduction) (Video Worksheet)
SEP 24    NO SCHOOL

SEP 27   
Big Stick Diplomacy (A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama) (Video Worksheet Discussion and Afterward)
SEP 28   
The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York) (Introduction) (Video Worksheet)
SEP 29   
The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York) (Video Worksheet Discussion)
SEP 30   
The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York) (Afterward)
OCT 1    
The Lost Battalion

OCT 4    
Test 3:  America Becomes a World Power
OCT 5    
The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)
OCT 6    
The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)
OCT 7    
The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)
OCT 8    
The 1920s

FALL BREAK  

OCT 18   
The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind)
OCT 19   
The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind)
OCT 20   
The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind)
OCT 21   
Organized Crime (Al Capone); The Great Depression
OCT 22   
The Dust Bowl and the Okies (The Grapes of Wrath)

OCT 25   
The Dust Bowl and the Okies (The Grapes of Wrath)
OCT 26   
The Dust Bowl and the Okies (The Grapes of Wrath)
OCT 27   
The New Deal; Huey Long
OCT 28   
The New Deal (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
OCT 29   
The New Deal (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
 
NOV 1    
Test 4:  The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression (at home)
NOV 2    
A Date Which Will Live in Infamy (Pearl Harbor) 
NOV 3    
The Home Front; The War in Europe (To Hell and Back)
NOV 4    
The War in Europe (To Hell and Back)
NOV 5    
The War in Europe (To Hell and Back)

NOV 8    
The War in Europe (To Hell and Back); The Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails)
NOV 9    
The Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails)    
NOV 10   
The Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails)
NOV 11    The Magic of Ordinary Days           
NOV 12   
The War in the Pacific (Unbroken)              

NOV 15   
The War in the Pacific (Unbroken)
NOV 16   
The War in the Pacific (Unbroken); Island Hopping (Hacksaw Ridge)
NOV 17   
Island Hopping (Hacksaw Ridge)
NOV 18   
Island Hopping (Hacksaw Ridge)
NOV 19   
Test 5:  World War II

NOV 22   
The Cold War Begins (The Berlin Airlift)
NOV 23   
The Arms Race and Espionage (Bridge of Spies)
NOV 24    THANKSGIVING
NOV 25    THANKSGIVING
NOV 26    THANKSGIVING

NOV 29   
The Arms Race and Espionage (Bridge of Spies)        
NOV 30   
The Arms Race and Espionage (Bridge of Spies)
DEC 1    
The Cuban Missile Crisis (Thirteen Days)
DEC 2    
The Cuban Missile Crisis (Thirteen Days)
DEC 3    
The Cuban Missile Crisis (Thirteen Days)

DEC 6     October Sky
DEC 7    
The Space Race and Civil Rights (Hidden Figures)
DEC 8    
The Space Race and Civil Rights (Hidden Figures)
DEC 9    
The Cold War in Asia; Life in the 1950s and 1960s (Forrest Gump)
DEC 10   
Life in the 1970s and 1980s (Forrest Gump)

DEC 13   
Mutual Assured Destruction (WarGames)
D
EC 14   
Mutual Assured Destruction (WarGames)
DEC 15   
Test 6:  The Cold War        
DEC 16    Final Exam

DEC 17   
Final Exams (3rd and 4th period)




This page last updated 6 August, 2021.
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