UNITED STATES HISTORY THROUGH FILM
SYLLABUS
SPRING 2020

 

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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  



2020 Spring Session

 

In case of inclement weather, lecture dates 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 6     NO SCHOOL

JAN 7     Introduction   

JAN 8     Colonizing America; The Natives and the English; The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies; The French and Indian War (The Last of the Mohicans) 

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

JAN 10    The French and Indian War (The Last of the Mohicans)

 

JAN 13    Taxation without Representation (John Adams)  Autobiography, Parent Letter, and Fee Due

JAN 14    Taxation without Representation (John Adams)

JAN 15    The Declaration of Independence (1776)

JAN 16    The Declaration of Independence (1776)     

JAN 17    The Declaration of Independence (1776) 

 

JAN 20    NO SCHOOL                    

JAN 21    The Declaration of Independence (1776); Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing)

JAN 22    Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing)

JAN 23    Washington Crossing the Delaware (The Crossing); The Saratoga Campaign (The Revolution)

JAN 24    The Saratoga Campaign (The Revolution); The World Turned Upside Down (The Revolution and other selections)

 

JAN 27    The World Turned Upside Down (The Revolution and other selections)

JAN 28    Test 1:  The American Revolution

JAN 29    Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad)

JAN 30    Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad)

JAN 31    Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad)

 

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

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

FEB 5     Slavery and the Anti-Slavery Movement (Amistad); The Civil War (Antietam)

FEB 6     The Civil War (Antietam)

FEB 7     SNOW DAY

    

FEB 10    The Civil War (Antietam); The Civil War (Glory)

FEB 11    The Civil War (Glory)

FEB 12    The Civil War (Glory); Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York)

FEB 13    Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York)

FEB 14    Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York)

 

FEB 17    Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York)

FEB 18    Immigration and Urbanization (Gangs of New York)

FEB 19    Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln) 

FEB 20    SNOW DAY   

FEB 21    Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln)

 

FEB 24    Abolishing Slavery (Lincoln); Reconstruction

FEB 25    American Imperialism (Rough Riders)   Take Home Test 2:  Slavery and the Civil War due

FEB 26    American Imperialism (Rough Riders) 

FEB 27    American Imperialism (Rough Riders) 

FEB 28    American Imperialism (Rough Riders)  

 

MAR 2     The Kingdom of Hawai'i (Princess Ka'iulani)

MAR 3     The Kingdom of Hawai'i (Princess Ka'iulani)

MAR 4     Big Stick Diplomacy (A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama)

MAR 5    Big Stick Diplomacy (A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama); The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York)

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

             

MAR 9     The War to End All Wars (Sergeant York)

MAR 10    Test 3:  America Becomes a World Power 

MAR 11    The Labor Movement (The Homestead Strike) 

MAR 12    The Labor Movement (Matewan)

MAR 13    The Labor Movement (Matewan)  

     End of Term 3

 

SPRING BREAK

 

 

MAR 23    The Labor Movement (Matewan); The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)

MAR 24    The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)

MAR 25    The Women's Movement (Iron Jawed Angels)

MAR 26    The 1920s

MAR 27    The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind)

 

MAR 30    The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind) 

MAR 31    The Monkey Trial (Inherit the Wind); Organised Crime (Al Capone)

APR 1     Organised Crime (Al Capone); The Great Depression; The Dust Bowl and the Okies (The Grapes of Wrath)     

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 6     Huey Long; The New Deal (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

APR 7     The New Deal (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

APR 8     Test 4:  The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression 

APR 9     A Date Which Will Live in Infamy (Pearl Harbor)

APR 10    NO SCHOOL

 

APR 13    NO SCHOOL

APR 14    The War in Europe (To Hell and Back)

APR 15    The War in Europe (To Hell and Back)

APR 16    The War in Europe (To Hell and Back)

APR 17    The War in Europe (To Hell and Back); The Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails)

 

APR 20    The Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails)

APR 21    The Tuskegee Airmen (Red Tails); The Home Front

APR 22    The Home Front (The Magic of Ordinary Days)

APR 23    The Home Front (The Magic of Ordinary Days)          

APR 24    The War in the Pacific (Unbroken)

 

APR 27    The War in the Pacific (Unbroken)

APR 28    The War in the Pacific (Unbroken)

APR 29    The War in the Pacific (Unbroken); Island Hopping (Hacksaw Ridge)

APR 30    Island Hopping (Hacksaw Ridge)                      

MAY 1     Island Hopping (Hacksaw Ridge)   

 

MAY 4     Test 5:  World War II

MAY 5     The Cold War Begins (The Berlin Airlift)

MAY 6     The Arms Race and Espionage (Bridge of Spies)

MAY 7     The Arms Race and Espionage (Bridge of Spies)

MAY 8     The Arms Race and Espionage (Bridge of Spies)

 

MAY 11    The Cuban Missile Crisis (Thirteen Days)

MAY 12    The Cuban Missile Crisis (Thirteen Days)

MAY 13    The Cuban Missile Crisis (Thirteen Days); The Space Race and Civil Rights (Hidden Figures)

MAY 14    The Space Race and Civil Rights (Hidden Figures)

MAY 15    The Cold War in Asia; Life in the 1950s and 1960s (Forrest Gump)

 

MAY 18    Life in the 1970s and 1980s (Forrest Gump)

MAY 19    Mutual Assured Destruction (WarGames)

MAY 20    Mutual Assured Destruction (WarGames)

MAY 21    Test 6:  The Cold War

MAY 22    Final Exams


 

This page last updated 22 February, 2020.

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