University City High School 2023-24
AP United States History
Honors United States History
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United States History Syllabus 2022-23
Welcome to United States History. I am looking forward to a great year and am proud you have taken on this challenge. I am hoping to stoke your interest in our nations history and create a class environment where we can build community, have fun, and enjoy our time together. One of its greatest demands will be your engagement with the material we cover in class. Success depends largely on self-discipline and commitment. What can I expect? This course was designed to challenge you and I know that you can succeed! Essentially, you will be expected to step it up and own it, Win the Day the Centurion Way. If you have any questions or want to discuss your participation in the course please do not hesitate to contact me. Character counts. John Brown..John Brown!!
The Americans-Reconstruction to the 21st Century
Period 1 8:45-9:42 USH
Period 2 9:48-10:45 APUSH
Period 3 10:51-11:51 APUSH
Lunch 11:57-12:27 Office Hours
Period 4 12:33-1:30 Prep
Period 5 1:36-2:33 USH
Period 6 2:39-3:36 USH
Sem1 Q1 10/7
Sem1 Q2 11/18
Sem1 Finals 1/18-20
Sem2 Q1 3/3
Sem2 Q2 4/21
Sem2 Finals 6/11-6/14
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United States History surveys the history of the United States beginning with the colonial period and ending with the international affairs and domestic changes in the post-1945 period to the present. Topics will be designed thematically around the following periods; pre-Columbian societies, discovery and settlement, revolutionary ideology, constitutional theory and development, origins of political parties, and Manifest Destiny and the American West. Other areas of focus will include the Civil War and Reconstruction, late 19th century immigration and industrialism, Progressivism, World War I and the Jazz Age, the Great Depression and the New Deal, 20th century diplomacy, the Cold War, and the post-Cold War era through the late 20th century. Themes will include discussions of American diversity, the development of a unique American identity, the evolution of American culture, demographic changes over the course of America's history, economic trends and transformations, environmental issues, the development of political institutions and the components of citizenship, social reform movements, the history of slavery and its legacies, and war and diplomacy in the 20th century. One of my major goals is to guide students through rich, balanced and thought provoking exploration of America's past.
U.S. History assignments include readings from your textbook, in-class note taking, short response questions, projects, and formative/summative assessments. All classwork will be posted on this website and pushed out through Google classroom. The U.S. History webpage and schedule is updated every week. It is your responsibility to know what is expected and what has been covered everyday. Homework assignments are due Sunday evening and submitted through google classroom.
Late Work and Reassessment Policy
There is a 5 day grace period for assignments, however, the expectation is that this policy is not to be abused and only needed in extenuating circumstances. The drop dead date for assignments is the following Friday and any assignments turned in after this will be penalized 50%. All assignments need to be submitted the week prior to the end of each grading period to receive partial credit. Assignments due in a grading period that has ended will not be accepted in the current grading period. Each student is allowed and opportunity for reassessment on 3 chapter or unit exams each semester and must be retaken with a week of the assessment graded and returned. The course midterm/final exam will not be available for retake. It is up to the student to contact the teacher requesting the retake. All homework assignments for the unit must be completed in order to be able to retake an assessment.
United States History is graded on a point basis. Points are totaled to determine the grade earned for each grading period. There are four weighted categories; Assessments (60%), Homework/classwork (20%), and Projects (20%). Of the total weighted averages, 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D. The key to success in this class is your ability to be strategic learners, take good notes from lectures and reading assignments, and do your best to stay engaged and current with what is being covered in-class.
Students are expected to maintain a physical or digital resource notebook/journal by incorporating in-class lectures, textbook notes, outlines, and key terms covered in this course. A spiral plastic covered multi sectioned notebook is recommended for class lectures. All assessments are open notes.
There is an academic honesty policy at UCHS. Cheating and plagiarism will result in a zero for the assignment with no opportunity to make it up.
Office hours by appointment M-F. Independent consultation, small group discussions, guidance and directions on assignments, I am available during my prep period and at lunch.
Fall and Spring Term
All of the readings should be completed by the end of each week during which they will be discussed. Each unit also utilizes essential questions and writing about related historiography: how interpretations of events have changed over time, how the issues of one time period have had an impact on the experiences and decisions of subsequent generations, and how such revelations of the past and continue to shape the way historians see the world today. These discussions are woven throughout the course. Assessments are to be taken when scheduled.
hours by appointment M-F. Independent consultation, small group
discussions, guidance and directions on assignments, I am available
during my prep period and at lunch.