UNITED STATES HISTORY THROUGH FILM
SYLLABUS
SPRING 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, particularly focusing on events after 1865 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 Spring 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.

 

 

JAN 7     NO SCHOOL

JAN 8     Introduction       

JAN 9     The Settlement of Virginia (The New World)

JAN 10    The Settlement of Virginia (The New World

JAN 11    The Settlement of Virginia (The New World); The Settlement of New England (Massacre at Mystic)

 

JAN 14    The Settlement of New England (Massacre at Mystic) Autobiography, Signed Parent Letter, & Fee due

JAN 15    The Salem Witch Trials (The Crucible) 

JAN 16    The Salem Witch Trials (The Crucible)  

JAN 17    The Middle Colonies  and The French and Indian War  (The Captives)

JAN 18    The French and Indian War (The Last of the Mohicans)

 

JAN 21    NO SCHOOL                    

JAN 22    The French and Indian War (The Last of the Mohicans)

JAN 23    The French and Indian War (The Last of the Mohicans) 

JAN 24    Test 1:  Colonial America

JAN 25    Taxation without Representation (John Adams) 

 

JAN 28    Taxation without Representation (John Adams)

JAN 29    SNOW DAY

JAN 30    The Declaration of Independence (1776)

JAN 31    The Declaration of Independence (1776) 

FEB 1     The Declaration of Independence (1776)    

 

FEB 4     The Declaration of Independence (1776); Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing)

FEB 5     Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing)

FEB 6     Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing); The Saratoga Campaign (The Revolution)

FEB 7     The Saratoga Campaign (The Revolution) The Revolutionary War in the South (Revolution and other selections)

FEB 8     The Revolutionary War in the South (Revolution and other selections)

 

FEB 11    The Revolutionary War in the South (Revolution and other selections)      

FEB 12    The Revolutionary War in the South (Revolution and other selections)

FEB 13    Test 2:  The American Revolution

FEB 14    Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movment (Amistad)

FEB 15    Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movment (Amistad)

 

FEB 18    Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movment (Amistad)

FEB 19    Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movment (Amistad); The Civil War (Antietam) 

FEB 20    The Civil War (Antietam) 

FEB 21    The Civil War (Antietam); Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln)

FEB 22    Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln)          

 

FEB 25    Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln)

FEB 26    Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln); American Imperialism (Rough Riders)

FEB 27    Quiz 3:  Slavery and the Civil War; American Imperialism (Rough Riders    

FEB 28    American Imperialism (Rough Riders)

MAR 1     American Imperialism (Rough Riders)

 

MAR 4     American Imperialism (Rough Riders); The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York)

MAR 5     The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York)

MAR 6     The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York)

MAR 7     The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)

MAR 8     The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels) 

     End of Term 3

 

 

SPRING BREAK

 

             

MAR 18    Quiz 4:  America Becomes a World Power; The Labor Movement (The Homestead Strike)

MAR 19    The Labor Movement (Matewan)

MAR 20    The Labor Movement (Matewan)

MAR 21    The Labor Movement (Matewan); The 1920s

MAR 22    The 1920s; The Jazz Singer

 

MAR 25    The Jazz Singer        

MAR 26    The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind)

MAR 27    The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind)

MAR 28    The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind); Organized Crime (The Untouchables)

MAR 29    Organized Crime (The Untouchables)

 

APR 1     Al Capone; The Great Depression

APR 2     The Dust Bowl and the Okies (The Grapes of Wrath)

APR 3     The Dust Bowl and the Okies (The Grapes of Wrath); The New Deal

APR 4     Huey Long (All the King's Men)

APR 5     Huey Long (All the King's Men)

 

APR 8     The New Deal; The Great Depression (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

APR 9     The Great Depression (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

APR 10    Test 5:  The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression

APR 11    World War II Begins (Pearl Harbor)

APR 12    World War II Begins (Pearl Harbor)

 

APR 15    World War II Begins (Pearl Harbor); World War II in the Pacific through the Battle of Midway

APR 16    The North Africa Campaign (Patton)

APR 17    The Invasion of Italy (Patton) 

APR 18    The War in Europe (Patton); The Tuskegee Airmen (Redtails)

APR 19    NO SCHOOL

 

APR 22    The Tuskegee Airmen (Redtails)

APR 23    The Tuskegee Airmen (Redtails); Island Hopping and Prisoners of War (Unbroken)

APR 24    Island Hopping and Prisoners of War (Unbroken)

APR 25    Island Hopping and Prisoners of War (Unbroken); Island Hopping (Hacksaw Ridge)

APR 26    Island Hopping (Hacksaw Ridge)

 

APR 29    The Manhattan Project (Day One)

APR 30    The Manhattan Project (Day One)

MAY 1     Test 6:  World War II

MAY 2     The Cold War Begins (The Berlin Airlift)

MAY 3     The Arms Race and Espionage (Bridge of Spies)

 

MAY 6     Cold War Espionage (Bridge of Spies)