United States History

2015-2016 Syllabus

Third Rate Agricultural Experiment to World Super Power

This course will introduce you to United States history from the end of the Civil War in 1865 through the first decade of the twenty-first century. You will learn about the major political, economic, and social changes that took place in America during this nearly 150-year period. The course will be structured chronologically, with each unit focusing on a significant historical subject. The units will include representative primary-source documents that illustrate important overarching political, economic, and social themes, such as the growth and expansion of political representation and civil rights in America, industrial development and economic change, race and ethnicity in American society, and cultural change over time. These primary documents offer you insights into the thinking of people who directly witnessed and experienced these historical developments. By the end of the course, you will understand how the United States grew from a relatively weak and divided agricultural nation into a cohesive military and industrial superpower by the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Learning Outcomes

Unit 1: Westward Expansion

Unit 2: Reconstruction

Unit 3: The Gilded Age

Unit 4: Progressivism

Unit 5: American Imperialism


Unit 6: World War I

Unit 7: 1920s

Unit 8: Great Depression and New Deal

Unit 9: World War II

Unit 10: The Cold War Era

Unit 11: 1992-Present Day America


Ongoing: Civil Rights Movement

Materials Needed For Class

1. Pen or Pencil

2. Binder (Class exclusive)

3. Paper for EVERYDAY USE

4. Your school login.

5. Ear Buds for Chrome Book use.

6. Jump Drive for Writing Assignments

7. A Great Attitude

How You Will Learn

Formative Assessments -- "Learning checks" to see if you are "getting it," will be administered throughout a unit to check understanding. These checks offer you a snapshot of your strengths and weaknesses in a particular unit--allowing you to become the master of your learning by improving in your areas of weakness prior to a summative assessment.


Summative Assessments -- Final "test" for a unit. Some summatives will be actual pen-and-paper tests. The will also be performance assessments. These assessments give you an opportunity to demonstrate what you've learned through projects, presentations, communication, writing, etc.


Social Studies Summative Re-Take Policy:

If you fail a summative assessment you will be automatically assigned to a remediation unit on Edgenuity. If you know you can do better, you can request to be added to remediation. From the day you get the summative back, you will have two weeks to complete your remediation in order to improve your grade on that summative assessment. You can work on these Edgenuity units during your lab time or outside of school--but it is important to note that you only have two weeks to successfully complete the remediation.

Grading Scale

E = Exceptional (A)

The student demonstrates analysis and applications that exceed expectations.



M = Mastery (A)

The student demonstrates analysis and applications that allow him/her to function independently at a high level.



AM = Approaching Mastery (B)

The student demonstrates knowledge and skills that allow him/her to function independently with few misconceptions.



PM = Partial Mastery (C)

The student demonstrates misconceptions and partial understanding of the knowledge and skills.



N = No Mastery (F)

The student does not demonstrate understanding of knowledge or skills.



I = Incomplete (F)

Missing work

How to Contact Me

Materials from the class will be posted on the Symbaloo site below.


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