The high school United States history course provides students with a comprehensive, intensive study of major events and themes in United States history. Beginning with early European colonization, the course examines major events and themes throughout United States history. The course concludes with significant developments in the early 21st Century.
While exploring US History, students will go beyond simple memorization and comprehension of historical events. Students will view history as a chain of intertwined events, will consider cause and effect relationships, will examine history as both a means of progress and as a conflict of ideas and cultures, and will explore the relevancy of historical events to their lives today. Students will seek to understand and analyze US History, not merely as students, but as historians.
This course will prepare students for success in history and social science classes in college, will enhance their analytical, reading and writing skills. Additionally, this course will develop skills and knowledge needed to become active citizens and participants in the future of United States History.
Textbook and any issued resource materials that are issued with the textbook
Several black and/or blue pens
*Note: Any work written in pencil or any color pen other than black and blue will not be accepted.
Class Binder: A 1.5-inch three-ring binder with 8 dividers
*The Sections are to be labeled: Class notes, Vocabulary, Do Nows, Classwork, Homework, Projects, Study Guides, Tests
Three Hole punched, college-ruled (8 ½ x 11) paper. Be sure to have blank paper in your binder at all time.
PHONE NUMBER Note that I have given you a phone number where you can reach me outside of school hours. Please use this respectfully. I will not answer phone calls on the weekends until Sunday afternoon. Additionally, please do not call after 10 PM. If I do not answer, leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible. However, if I do not respond in time to answer your question, that is NOT a valid excuse for not completing an assignment on time!
GRADING PROCEDURE Your grade for the course will be awarded based on the scale below.
Class Participation 10%
Class Work 15%
Projects/ Formal Papers 25%
***Note: U.S. History is an EOCT Course. This means that the EOCT will count for an additional 15% of your final grade. The EOCT will be given on Tuesday, November 29th.
Class Participation (10%) – Participation grades will be determined by both quantity and quality. It is expected that each student will contribute in class each day, that students will respond to the teachers directions and answer questions thoughtfully, that students will participate respectfully at all times and will follow all classroom rules and procedures.
Class Work (15%) – Some class work will be graded, while other class work will be graded for completion. Examples of class work may include daily Do Nows, written responses to reading passages, and group work. In order to receive high grades for class work, students are expected to be on task and working diligently during any times given for class work. If you are absent and miss class work, it is your responsibility to make up any class work missed.
Homework (10%) – I do not assign “busy work.” When I assign homework, it is because the homework is essential to your learning. Homework is not to be worked on during class time unless told otherwise. Some homework will be graded, while other class work will be graded for completion and effort. Homework is due at the beginning of class. If homework is not completed, on time, it will be dropped 20 pts for the first two days (meaning the highest grade possible is an 80 if late by one day, and 60 if late by two days). Homework that is late by more than 2 days will receive a grade of 0.
Projects/Formal Papers (25%) – A variety of projects and formal papers will be due throughout the semester. Some will be done in class and some at home, in both groups and individually. Each Friday, 3 students will present to the class and lead class discussion on a current event (more details will be given later). Each student will complete 5 of these presentations, each counting for 1% of their final grade (5% total). While writing will be a consistent part of homework and class work, students can expect to write at least one formal paper per month. Additionally, each student will complete a major research paper at the end of the semester (more details given later). This paper will count for 7% of the student’s final grade.
Quizzes (15%) – Each day, an exit quiz will be given covering the day’s new material. While all daily exit quizzes will be collected, at least 2 per week will be graded. Additionally, when reading is assigned as homework, an unannounced reading comprehension quiz may follow the next day. Finally, vocabulary quizzes will occur on a regular basis.
Tests (25%) – I view tests as an opportunity to show what you have learned. My tests are not meant to trick, but rather to assess how well you have conquered the material. In addition to unit tests covering periods of time in US History, there will be a comprehensive final exam on Tuesday, December 20th which will count for 7% of your total grade.
ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFICIAL GRADING SCALE The Atlanta Public School System grading scale is outlined below. 90 – 100 A Excellent
80 - 89 B Above Average
70 - 79 C Average
0 - 69 F Failure
CHEATING: All students are held to the Atlanta Public School Honor Code. I take Honor Code violations extremely seriously. No student is permitted to copy any other student’s work; if this occurs, any students involved will receive grades of “0” for that assignment(s). These grades may not be recovered. In addition to the grade of 0, additional consequences may apply in accordance with school rules. Unless otherwise stated, all work is to be done individually. Additionally, plagiarism is a form of cheating. Plagiarism not only means the copy of work from another source, but also improper or incomplete citation. In this class students will use APA-style citation. Any plagiarized papers will receive a 0.
ABSENCES: If a student is absent, they are still responsible for the instruction they missed. Mr. Ecton will not reach out to students returning from absences to ensure they complete missed work and information; the student must initiate this conversation themselves. If an assignment is due while the student is absent, that student must turn in the assignment on the day they return to class. They should discuss ways to learn missed information with Mr. Ecton. These options may include tutoring before school, after school, during lunch, or using online programs. Additionally, it is their responsibility to make up any missed work. The student has the same number of days to make up missed work as the number of days they missed class. For example, if a student misses 3 class days, they have 3 class days from the time they return to class. Failure to do so will result in “0” for academic work missed. If there are special circumstances, this should be discussed with Mr. Ecton beforehand.
TUTORING: I will hold after school tutoring sessions every Tuesday from 3:30-5:00. This time will be especially beneficial to those who have been absent or are struggling with the course. Additionally, I will often be available for tutoring other days after school; simply make an appointment with me beforehand.
Special Needs: If you are a student with a disability and need special accommodations, please notify Mr. Ecton before the end of the first week of class.
CLASSROOM RULES AND REGULATIONS
Treat all others with respect.
Come to class on time and prepared with all materials.
Always bring your textbook, binder, and any other required class materials.
When entering the classroom, begin immediately on the Do Now.
Refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum in the classroom.
Use polite speech and body language. Absolutely no profanity will be tolerated.
Always follow the teacher's directions the first time given.
Cell phones and other electronic devices must not be used in the classroom. If seen, they will be taken and given to the front office. A parent/guardian must then retrieve the device and pay a fee, as per APS policy.
The classroom computers are for academic work only and are only to be used when instructed.
The teacher will take the following corrective actions if a student decides not to follow the above rules. 1. Verbal Warning
2. Loss of Seat for the Day
3. Lunch with Mr. Ecton
4. Call Home
5. Sent from Classroom
6. Parent/Teacher Conference
***I look forward to a productive semester of growth and learning. If at any time, you are having any difficulty or need to discuss something with me, please be PROACTIVE and come talk with me as quickly as possible. I am always willing to attempt to come up with reasonable solutions to issues that may arise.***
*Dates are tentative and are subject to change at the teacher’s discretion*
GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS (GPS): After studying this United States History course, students should be able to SSUSH1 The student will describe European settlement in North America during the 17th century.
Explain Virginia’s development; include the Virginia Company, tobacco cultivation, and relationships with Native Americans such as Powhatan, development of the House of Burgesses, Bacon’s Rebellion, and the development of slavery.
Describe the settlement of New England; include religious reasons, relations with Native Americans (e.g., King Phillip’s War), the establishment of town meetings and development of a legislature, religious tensions that led to colonies such as Rhode Island, the halfway covenant, Salem Witch Trials, and the loss of the Massachusetts charter.
Explain the development of the mid-Atlantic colonies; include the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam and subsequent English takeover, and the settlement of Pennsylvania.
Explain the reasons for French settlement of Quebec.
SSUSH2 The student will trace the ways that the economy and society of British North America developed.
Explain the development of mercantilism and the trans-Atlantic trade.
Describe the Middle Passage, growth of the African population, and African-American culture. Identify Benjamin Franklin as a symbol of social mobility and individualism.
Explain the significance of the Great Awakening.
SSUSH3 The student will explain the primary causes of the American Revolution.
Explain how the end of Anglo-French imperial competition as seen in the French and Indian War and the 1763 Treaty of Paris laid the groundwork for the American Revolution.
Explain colonial response to such British actions as the Proclamation of 1763, the Stamp Act, and the Intolerable Acts as seen in Sons and Daughters of Liberty and Committees of Correspondence.
Explain the importance of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to the movement for independence.
SSUSH4 The student will identify the ideological, military, and diplomatic aspects of the American Revolution.
Explain the language, organization, and intellectual sources of the Declaration of Independence; include the writing of John Locke and Montesquieu, and the role of Thomas Jefferson.
Explain the reason for and significance of the French alliance and foreign assistance and the roles of Benjamin Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Analyze George Washington as a military leader; include the creation of a professional military and the life of a common soldier, and describe the significance of the crossing of the Delaware River and Valley Forge.
Explain Yorktown, the role of Lord Cornwallis, and the Treaty of Paris, 1783.
SSUSH5 The student will explain specific events and key ideas that brought about the adoption and implementation of the United States Constitution.
Explain how weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation and Daniel Shays’ Rebellion led to a call for a stronger central government.
Evaluate the major arguments of the anti-Federalists and Federalists during the debate on ratification of the Constitution as put forth in The Federalist concerning form of government, factions, checks and balances, and the power of the executive, including the roles of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.
Explain the key features of the Constitution, specifically the Great Compromise, separation of powers, limited government, and the issue of slavery.
Analyze how the Bill of Rights serves as a protector of individual and states’ rights.
Explain the importance of the Presidencies of George Washington and John Adams; include the Whiskey Rebellion, non-intervention in Europe, and the development of political parties (Alexander Hamilton).
SSUSH6 The student will analyze the nature of territorial and population growth and the impact of this growth in the early decades of the new nation.
Explain the Northwest Ordinance’s importance in the westward migration of Americans, and on slavery, public education, and the addition of new states.
Describe Jefferson’s diplomacy in obtaining the Louisiana Purchase from France and the territory’s exploration by Lewis and Clark.
Explain major reasons for the War of 1812 and the war’s significance on the development of a national identity.
Describe the construction of the Erie Canal, the rise of New York City, and the development of the nation’s infrastructure.
Describe the reasons for and importance of the Monroe Doctrine.
SSUSH7 Students will explain the process of economic growth, its regional and national impact in the first half of the 19th century, and the different responses to it.
Explain the impact of the Industrial Revolution as seen in Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin and his development of interchangeable parts for muskets.
Describe the westward growth of the United States; include the emerging concept of Manifest Destiny.
Describe reform movements, specifically temperance, abolitionism, and public school.
Explain women’s efforts to gain suffrage; include Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Seneca Falls Conference.
Explain Jacksonian Democracy, expanding suffrage, the rise of popular political culture, and the development of American nationalism.
SSUSH8 The student will explain the relationship between growing north-south divisions and westward expansion.
Explain how slavery became a significant issue in American politics; include the slave rebellion of Nat Turner and the rise of abolitionism (William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglas, and the Grimke sisters).
Explain the Missouri Compromise and the issue of slavery in western states and territories.
Describe the Nullification Crisis and the emergence of states’ rights ideology; include the role of John C. Calhoun and development of sectionalism.
Describe the war with Mexico and the Wilmot Proviso.
Explain the Compromise of 1850.
SSUSH9 The student will identify key events, issues, and individuals relating to the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War.
Explain the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the failure of popular sovereignty, Dred Scott case, and John Brown’s Raid.
Describe President Lincoln’s efforts to preserve the Union as seen in his second inaugural address and the Gettysburg speech and in his use of emergency powers, such as his decision to suspend habeas corpus.
Describe the roles of Ulysses Grant, Robert E. Lee, “Stonewall” Jackson, William T. Sherman, and Jefferson Davis.
Explain the importance of Fort Sumter, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and the Battle for Atlanta.
Describe the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Explain the importance of the growing economic disparity between the North and the South through an examination of population, functioning railroads, and industrial output..
SSUSH10 The student will identify legal, political, and social dimensions of Reconstruction.
Compare and contrast Presidential Reconstruction with Radical Republican Reconstruction.
Explain efforts to redistribute land in the South among the former slaves and provide advanced education (e.g., Morehouse College) and describe the role of the Freedmen’s Bureau.
Describe the significance of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.
Explain Black Codes, the Ku Klux Klan, and other forms of resistance to racial equality during Reconstruction.
Explain the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in relationship to Reconstruction.
SSUSH11 The student will describe the growth of big business and technological innovations after Reconstruction.
Explain the impact of the railroads on other industries, such as steel, and on the organization of big business.
Describe the impact of the railroads in the development of the West; include the transcontinental railroad, and the use of Chinese labor.
Identify John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company and the rise of trusts and monopolies
Describe the inventions of Thomas Edison; include the electric light bulb, motion pictures, and the phonograph, and their impact on American life
SSUSH12 The student will analyze important consequences of American industrial growth.
Describe Ellis Island, the change in immigrants’ origins to southern and eastern Europe and the impact of this change on urban America.
Identify the American Federation of Labor and Samuel Gompers.
Describe the growth of the western population and its impact on Native Americans with reference to Sitting Bull and Wounded Knee.
Describe the 1894 Pullman strike as an example of industrial unrest.
SSUSH13 The student will identify major efforts to reform American society and politics in the Progressive Era.
Explain Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and federal oversight of the meatpacking industry.
Identify Jane Addams and Hull House and describe the role of women in reform movements.
Describe the rise of Jim Crow, Plessy v. Ferguson, and the emergence of the NAACP.
Explain Ida Tarbell’s role as a muckraker.
Describe the significance of progressive reforms such as the initiative, recall, and referendum; direct election of senators; reform of labor laws; and efforts to improve living conditions for the poor in cities.
SSUSH14 The student will explain America’s evolving relationship with the world at the turn of the twentieth century.
Explain the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and anti-Asian immigration sentiment on the west coast.
Describe the Spanish-American War, the war in the Philippines, and the debate over American expansionism.
Explain U.S. involvement in Latin America, as reflected by the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine and the creation of the Panama Canal.
SSUSH15 The student will analyze the origins and impact of U.S. involvement in World War I.
Describe the movement from U.S. neutrality to engagement in World War I, with reference to unrestricted submarine warfare.
Explain the domestic impact of World War I, as reflected by the origins of the Great Migration, the Espionage Act, and socialist Eugene Debs.
Explain Wilson’s Fourteen Points and the proposed League of Nations.
Describe passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, establishing Prohibition, and the Nineteenth Amendment, establishing woman suffrage.
SSUSH16 The student will identify key developments in the aftermath of WW I.
Explain how rising communism and socialism in the United States led to the Red Scare and immigrant restriction.
Identify Henry Ford, mass production, and the automobile.
Describe the impact of radio and the movies.
Describe modern forms of cultural expression; include Louis Armstrong and the origins of jazz, Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance, Irving Berlin, and Tin Pan Alley.
SSUSH17 The student will analyze the causes and consequences of the Great Depression.
Describe the causes, including overproduction, under consumption, and stock market speculation that led to the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.
Explain the impact of the drought in the creation of the Dust Bowl.
Explain the social and political impact of widespread unemployment that resulted in developments such as Hoovervilles.
SSUSH18 The student will describe Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal as a response to the depression and compare the ways governmental programs aided those in need.
Describe the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority as a works program and as an effort to control the environment.
Explain the Wagner Act and the rise of industrial unionism.
Explain the passage of the Social Security Act as a part of the second New Deal.
Identify Eleanor Roosevelt as a symbol of social progress and women’s activism.
Identify the political challenges to Roosevelt’s domestic and international leadership; include the role of Huey Long, the “court packing bill,” and the Neutrality Act.
SSUSH19 The student will identify the origins, major developments, and the domestic impact of World War II, especially the growth of the federal government.
Explain A. Philip Randolph’s proposed march on Washington, D.C., and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s response.
Explain the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the internment of Japanese- Americans, German-Americans, and Italian-Americans.
Explain major events; include the lend-lease program, the Battle of Midway, D-Day, and the fall of Berlin.
Describe war mobilization, as indicated by rationing, war-time conversion, and the role of women in war industries.
Describe Los Alamos and the scientific, economic, and military implications of developing the atomic bomb.
SSUSH20 The student will analyze the domestic and international impact of the Cold War on the United States.
Describe the creation of the Marshall Plan, U.S. commitment to Europe, the Truman Doctrine, and the origins and implications of the containment policy.
Explain the impact of the new communist regime in China and the outbreak of the Korean War and how these events contributed to the rise of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Describe the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban missile crisis.
Describe the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive, and growing opposition to the war.
SSUSH21 The student will explain economic growth and its impact on the United States, 1945-1970.
Describe the baby boom and its impact as shown by Levittown and the Interstate Highway Act.
Describe the impact television has had on American culture; include the presidential debates (Kennedy/Nixon, 1960) and news coverage of the Civil Rights Movement.
Analyze the impact of technology on American life; include the development of the personal computer and the cellular telephone.
Describe the impact of competition with the USSR as evidenced by the launch of Sputnik I and President Eisenhower’s actions.
SSUSH22 The student will identify dimensions of the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1970.
Explain the importance of President Truman’s order to integrate the U.S. military and the federal government.
Identify Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball.
Explain Brown v. Board of Education and efforts to resist the decision.
Describe the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail and his I have a dream speech.
Describe the causes and consequences of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
SSUSH23 The student will describe and assess the impact of political developments between 1945 and 1970.
Describe the Warren Court and the expansion of individual rights as seen in the Miranda decision.
Describe the political impact of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; include the impact on civil rights legislation.
Explain Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society; include the establishment of Medicare.
Describe the social and political turmoil of 1968; include the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and the events surrounding the Democratic National Convention.
SSUSH24 The student will analyze the impact of social change movements and organizations of the 1960s.
Compare and contrast the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) tactics; include sit-ins, freedom rides, and changing composition.
Describe the National Organization of Women and the origins and goals of the modern women’s movement.
Analyze the anti-Vietnam War movement.
Analyze Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers’ movement.
Explain Rachel Carson and Silent Spring, Earth Day, the creation of the EPA, and the modern environmentalist movement.
Describe the rise of the conservative movement as seen in the presidential candidacy of Barry Goldwater (1964) and the election of Richard M. Nixon (1968).
SSUSH25 The student will describe changes in national politics since 1968.
Describe President Richard M. Nixon’s opening of China, his resignation due to the Watergate scandal, changing attitudes toward government, and the Presidency of Gerald Ford.
Explain the impact of Supreme Court decisions on ideas about civil liberties and civil rights; include such decisions as Roe v. Wade (1973) and the Bakke decision on affirmative action.
Explain the Carter administration’s efforts in the Middle East; include the Camp David Accords, his response to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and the Iranian hostage crisis.
Describe domestic and international events of Ronald Reagan’s presidency; include Reaganomics, the Iran-contra scandal, and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Explain the relationship between Congress and President Bill Clinton; include the North American Free Trade Agreement and his impeachment and acquittal.
Analyze the 2000 presidential election and its outcome, emphasizing the role of the Electoral College.
Analyze the response of President George W. Bush to the attacks of September 11, 2001, on the United States, the war against terrorism, and the subsequent American interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Please keep this syllabus at the front of your binder at all times.
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