This class is a survey course of the history of the United States and its development from exploration to present day. Emphasis will be put on the Constitution, Civil War, the West, and the development of the US into the "modern" era.
The American Journey
District History Standards for all students:
1. Students develop a consistent view of people and events in history with respect to time.
2. Students demonstrate the ability to develop historical inquiries and then analyze those questions in a thesis paper.
3. Students understand how societies develop and change through time based on major societal movements and the people who led them.
4. Students demonstrate the effects of technology and economics on societies.
5. Students know various political institutions and the evolution of political theories in society.
6. Students develop an appreciation of American religious, philosophical and artistic beliefs; their origin, development, and effect on society.
1. Students will examine major events key to the development of the United States from exploration to present day.
2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the key factors influencing the U.S. through its history through numerous written assignments, short oral presentations, and group projects.
3. Students will participate in class discussions relative to the historical content being studied.
4. Students will research and prepare an oral presentation on a major theme in U.S. History. A short paper will also accompany this presentation.
5. Students will participate in various debates on United States historical issues consisting of major Supreme Court cases and events throughout U.S. History.
6. Students will research and write a 5 page thesis paper complete with cover page, bibliography and contextual notes on an event in U.S. history.
For each tardy there will be .5% deducted from the student grade.
1. come to class each day on time prepared with all materials: book, notebook, etc. - otherwise you are tardy. If the bell rings and you are not in the room, you are to go directly to the office for an admission slip to class.
2. complete and hand in all assignments in time. (overnight assignments are due at the beginning of the period unless otherwise noted) NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS ACCEPTED!!!
3. treat yourself, myself and the other class members with respect at all times.
4. keep an open mind on issues in which you do not personally agree with and listen to the other side of those issues.
Grading Scale: 90-100 = A
80-89 = B
70-79 = C
60-69 = D
59-0 = F
Major Areas of Study (numbers in parentheses are the district standards met):
1. Early American History
a. Exploration, colonization and the Revolutionary War (1,3, 5, 6)
b. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (1, 3, 5, 6)
2. Manifest Destiny
a. Exploration West (1,3,4,6)
b. Territorial expansion (1,3,6)
c. The split between the North and South (1,3,5,6)
3. Civil War (1,2,5,6)
4. Rebuilding and Expanding West 1865 - 1900
a. Reconstruction and its effects on the South (1,6)
b. The Great American West
1.) Cowboys and Indians (1,3,6)
2.) The mining frontier (1,3,4)
3.) Colorado and Gunnison area history (1,2,3,4)
5. Political and Social Reform 1880 - 1920
a. Growth of Government corruption (1,3,4,5,6)
b. Rise of the Cities (1,3,4,6)
c. The Progressive Era and political reform (1,2,5,6)
6. Rise to a World Power and World War I 1890 - 1920
a. Expansion of U.S. soil and influence around the world (1,5)
b. World War I - shift in U.S. foreign policy (1,5)
7. Boom and Bust Economies 1920 - 1940
a. The Roaring 20's (1,3,6)
b. The Great Depression of the 30's
1.) Society in the 1930's (1,2,3,6)
2.) The New Deal (1,4,5)
8. World War II and the Cold War 1940 - 1980s
a. World War II (1,2,5)
b. Korean Conflict (1,2,5)
c. Vietnam Conflict (1,2,5,6)
9. Era of Civil Rights and Political Protests 1960 - Present Day
a. History of Civil Rights (1,6)
b. Civil rights movement 1960's (1,2,3,5,6)
c. 1970's and U.S. Counterculture (1,3,6)
d. History and influence of music on society (1,3,6)
10. Bringing into present day 1980s - 90s
a. Major social happenings and their impacts on society in the 1990's (3,6)
b. Major political movements of the 1980's and 90's (1,2,4,5)
c. Looking into the future of the U.S.
All work is to be handed in on time or it will not be accepted. Work will be graded based on completion and quality. Therefore, it is possible to complete an assignment and still get a poor grade if the quality does not meet the standards of the course. All assignments, projects, quizzes and tests are graded on a point scale. These points are added and divided into the total points possible for the quarter grade. Final semester grades will be your quarter grades added together and divided by two. There is no curve, and no extra credit. Bonus points may be awarded on tests.