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2015-2016 Syllabus

AP United States History

Social Sciences

Diana Hernandez

Room 130
Course Description

AP United States History introduces students to the history of the United States and the influences of world on it. One objective is to provide the students with a strong content knowledge of American history; a secondary objective is to provide students with the skills to evaluate such historical content, identify trends and patterns, and see the overall impact of historical events on the nation as well as in their own personal lives.

The course will begin with a discussion of ancient native civilization and the impact they along with European colonization had on the new world. We will then look at the founding period and the events and people that led to the American colonies separation from England. It will then turn to building of the New Nation politically and geographically with westward expansion, manifest destiny and the rise of political parties.

We will discuss the politics of state rights versus national power, the push for industrialization and the role slavery played within that battle and how the Civil War would resolve some of these conflicts and bring about others. Subsequently we will discuss America’s involvement in world matters and look particularly at American Imperialism in Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific. The study will then turn to our emergence as a world power after the World Wars along with the struggle for justice at home during the twentieth century. The course will end with a deeper study of modern American history from the Cold War until the present.

As an AP course, the expectations set for the students will be higher. Assignments will be more frequent and in depth. The focus will also be on preparing the students to score highly on the AP exam through a more in depth study including the use of primary sources. Also, students will be familiarized with the AP exam itself. They will take numerous practice exams and essays. The AP Exam is scheduled for Friday, May 6th

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

11.1 Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence.

11.2 Students analyze the relationship among the rise of industrialization, large- scale rural-to-urban migration, and massive immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe.

11.3 Students analyze the role religion played in the founding of America, its lasting moral, social, and political impacts, and issues regarding religious liberty.

11.4 Students trace the rise of the United States to its role as a world power in the twentieth century.

11.5 Students analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s.

11.6 Students analyze the different explanations for the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government.

11.7 Students analyze America’s participation in World War II.

11.8 Students analyze the economic boom and social transformation of post–World War II America.

11.9 Students analyze U.S. foreign policy since World War II.

11.10 Students analyze the development of federal civil rights and voting rights.

11.11 Students analyze the major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society.
Class Texts

The American Pageant: A History of the American People. Cenage Learning, 2015 (ISBN:9781305075917)

Recommended Materials

  • Writing Utensil: Pencil or Pen (avoid light colors)

  • Lined loose-leaf or binded paper 8.5x11

  • Folder or section in your block binder to collect and save work

Class Policies, Expectations and Rules

  • Arrive to class on time with your materials out and ready.

  • No food or drink other than water for class meetings.

  • Technology may only be used to look up material relevant to this course and requires teacher permission in advance of use.

  • Always respect your school, teacher, and fellow students. 

  • Clean up after your workspace.

  • No phones during quizzes.

Major Assessments

  • Homework

  • Classwork

    • Questions of the day: At the start of most classes you will a warm up question or statement that you must respond to. The responses must be at least half a page in length.

    • Chapter packets

  • Quizzes

    • Multiple choice and short answer

  • Unit Projects & AP Essays

Effect of Unexcused Absences on Grades

  • At LACHSA, a teacher may issue a failing grade to a student if they have unexcused absences for more than ten percent of the course periods in a given semester as follows:

    • Course meets 2-3 times per week (Periods 1-6)

      • Five unexcused absences in a semester is excessive. When a student earns five unexcused absences, a teacher must notify the parent/guardian that if a student earns a sixth unexcused absence, a failing grade may be issued for the semester.

  • Students who do not have their absences excused will not receive credit for any work that was due during their unexcused absences.

LACHSA Grading Scale

I have the highest expectations for you in this course. Your grade will depend on your Performance. To earn an A, you must demonstrate mastery on the course material as covered in the assignments and exams, write clear and compelling essays and papers, and show knowledge and insight during class discussions and oral presentations.

Each semester grade will be cumulative. I will not be averaging the first 9 weeks of the semester with the second nine weeks. As I find that most often than not that the assignments are not always equivalent during the first and second half of the semester. All grades will be inputted as they are assigned throughout the semester.

A+   97 - 100% A     93 - 96.9% A-    90 - 92.9%

B+   87 - 89.9% B     83 - 86.9% B-    80 - 82.9%

C+   77 - 79.9% C     73 - 76.9% C-    70 - 72.9%

D+   67 - 69.9% D     63 - 66.9% D-    60 - 62.9%

F     59.9% and below

Note to Students

* Students can earn no less than the corresponding letter grade in each numerical category

* The University Of California does not recognize courses with D’s for A-G credit
Work Habits and Citizenship Grade

Progress Report grades will be issued every 4.5 weeks and will be available for review on the Parent Portal. In addition to a letter grade, a grade for citizenship and work habits will be included on the student's progress report for each course of enrolment. These grades should be reviewed by parents and students in an effort to identify areas for improvement that will likely also improve a student's overall letter grade in the course. Students earning Unsatisfactory Citizenship or Work Habits marks may not be able to participate in extracurricular activities (including field trips) and may be placed on probation. Parents/Guardians are recommended to reach out directly to teachers to discuss any unsatisfactory remarks.



On time to class, respectful of others, takes care of school property, displays integrity

Work Habits

Participates, comes prepared, engaged in curriculum, completes work

Outstanding (O)

Always (90-100%)

Always (90-100%)

Satisfactory (S)

Most of the Time (70-89%)

Most of the Time (70-89%)

Needs Improvement (N)

Sometimes (50-69%)

Sometimes (50-69%)

Unsatisfactory (U)

Rarely (less than 50%)

Rarely (less than 50%)

Class Work and Homework Policy

  • Formative Assessment Policy:  Homework, Concept Connect Activities (primary and secondary analysis), and Questions of Day will be graded on a 5-point Scale based on effort/accuracy. Assessments will be assigned weekly if necessary and be posted on Partial points (half a point, quarter point, etc.) will be awarded if a student falls in between the grading scale listed. Please see class website at for exact grading scale, assignments and assignment due dates. 

  • Summative and Concept Packet Classwork: Presentation sections and classwork practice packets questions will be graded on a 1-point scale based on accuracy/effort.  Partial points (half a point, quarter point, etc.) will be awarded if a student falls to meet the following requirements.

  • Please see class website at for exact grading scale, assignments and assignment due dates.

Late Work Policy

Late work will not be accepted unless the office has excused the absence within 24 hours of the absence.  In accordance with the LACHSA Attendance Policy, all homework or book work for scheduled arts or academic field trips and performances must be completed prior to trip or performance for credit unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher ahead of time. If you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to ensure your absence is cleared in the main office and your assignments are turned in. You will not be able to earn credit for absent work unless your absence is cleared by the main office as an excused absence. In accordance with the LACHSA policy, for any excused absence, students will have the same number of days in which they were absent to make up work.
Missed Quizzes:  If you miss an exam/quiz, I will ONLY be administering make-ups on the Tuesday/Wednesday following the test during office hours. You must arrive by 7:25 in order to ensure that you will be given the quiz and have enough time to take it. Student arriving later than 7:25 may not be allowed to begin the quiz. It is your responsibility to make-up the exam as there will be no second chances. If you have a conflict or will be absent on the make-up day it is your responsibility to inform me and secure an alternate date before Wednesday’s Office Hours. Should you fail to show up on the Wednesday after your test for the make-up you will automatically receive a “0.” Only students who have cleared/verified their absences will receive credit for make-up quizzes/exams. LACHSA policy requires that you clear an absence within 24 hours of returning to school from said absence.
Missed Classwork: If you miss an in class assignment it is your responsibility to see the teacher and obtain that assignment. It will be due the class period after you return to class. For example if we had an in class assignment on Tuesday and you return to class on Thursday, the current event it is due the next class (Friday or following Tuesday if we do not have class that Friday).

Academic Integrity

Integrity is highly valued at LACHSA. Truth is the ultimate goal in democratic education. Honesty is essential to successful education. Cheating is the most destructive action in the academic world. Cheating undermines the academic process, shatters student integrity and destroys the trust necessary to teacher/student relationships. The cynical or unprepared student who seeks a dishonest advantage over fellow students is not only self-defeating, but affects others if not confronted and stopped.

Our Academic Honesty Policy addresses issues of cheating, plagiarism, theft, alteration of materials and test avoidance. All students and parents sign the policy at the beginning of the school year to demonstrate their commitment to honesty and integrity. LACHSA students and staff will uphold the highest moral and ethical standards. Theft of (or unauthorized use of) student possession will not be tolerated. Theft is a criminal matter and will be treated as such. Our campus is a place for safety and respect for all. Promptly report all incidents to a staff member so that we may deal with each problem in a quick, consistent and rational manner.

Acts of Academic Dishonesty which will not be tolerated at LACHSA are:

  • Cheating On Tests: Any intentional giving or use of external assistance relating to an examination, test or quiz without permission of the teacher. Parents will be contacted by the instructor or the student during class time or at the conclusion of the class.

  • Unauthorized use of technology devices during a test or assessment.

  • Unauthorized Collaboration: Intentional collaboration (copying) an assignment between a student and another person is considered dishonest. Both or all students involved will be subject to lowered academic and citizenship grades, and parents will be contacted.

  • Plagiarism: All students are expected to complete their own work and assignments. Plagiarism constitutes any intentional use of another’s ideas, words or works as one’s own or allowing others to use their words or work as their own.

    • Plagiarism includes the misuse of material and the work of another student. It also includes downloading information directly from the Internet and computer and turning it in as a report. If you use outside resources on any assignment you must cite using the proper citation format. Copying directly from the textbook or any other source unless specifically quoted and cited properly is forbidden and considered plagiarism.

    • Every assignment, unless otherwise specified is to be treated as an individual assignment. This means no you cannot collaborate with others on researching or writing the assignment. If you are caught collaborating on an individual assignment it will be treated as cheating.

    • Plagiarism will result in earning a failing grade on the assignment, lowering of a citizenship grade, and relinquishing of technology privileges. Additionally, any student guilty of plagiarism will receive a zero grade on the assignment. The zero will not be dropped and that grade will be averaged in for the grading period. You will also be reported to the administration and will have to follow and complete the requirements set forth in the student handbook regarding cheating and plagiarism.

  • Theft or Alteration of Materials: A student guilty of stealing or altering test materials, calculators, books, computer tapes/disks, or other course materials from teachers, the Library/Media Center/media center, office or another student will be subject to being dropped from the class with an “F/U” for the semester and suspension from school.

  • Test Avoidance: If a student develops a pattern of test avoidance, the parents will be notified. At the teacher’s discretion, any further absences may result in a forfeit of the make-up policy.

  • Pressure for Unsubstantiated Grade Change: Student and parent requests or demands for a raise in a course grade will not be considered, unless such request is based on clerical error.

Accessing the Class Website:

You can access the class website by following these steps:

Log on to (notice no www)

    • On the top of the page click on “Academics” or “Arts”

    • Then click on “Classes/Homework” or “Homework”

    • Then click on the subject you are trying to look up assignments for

    • click on your Teacher name and then the period of your class

Assignment Submissions:

I DO NOT accept electronic work, i.e. it cannot be emailed to me. You must have your work ready(hand written for most assignments except projects or essays is acceptable) or printed at the START of class to turn in for credit. If you are having printing problems please see the office for a place to print your work or obtain a print card from CSULA and print it in the library. 

  • If you have problems acquiring a printer, computer or Internet access to complete work please see me.

Part I: FOUNDING THE NEW NATION CA. 33,000 B.C.E–1783 C.E.

1. New World Beginnings 33,000 B.C.E.–1769 C.E.

2. The Planting of English America 1500−1733. 

3. Settling the Northern Colonies 1619−1700. 

4. American Life in the Seventeenth Century 1607−1692. 

5. Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 1700−1775. 

6. The Duel for North America 1608−1763.

7. The Road to Revolution 1763−1775. 

8. America Secedes from the Empire 1775−1783. 


9. The Confederation and the Constitution 1776−1790. 

10. Launching the New Ship of State 1789−1800. 

11. The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic 1800−1812. 

12. The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism 1812−1824. 

13. The Rise of a Mass Democracy 1824−1840. 

14. Forging the National Economy 1790−1860. 

15. The Ferment of Reform and Culture 1790−1860.


16. The South and the Slavery Controversy 1793−1860. 

17. Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy 1841−1848. 

18. Renewing the Sectional Struggle 1848−1854. 

19. Drifting Toward Disunion 1854−1861. 

20. Girding for War: The North and the South 1861−1865. 

21. The Furnace of Civil War 1861−1865. 

22. The Ordeal of Reconstruction 1865−1877. 


23. Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age 1869−1896. 

24. Industry Comes of Age 1865−1900. 

25. America Moves to the City 1865−1900. 

26. The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution 1865−1896. 

27. Empire and Expansion 1890−1909. 


28. Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt 1901−1912. 

29. Wilsonian Progressivism in Peace and War 1913−1920. 

30. American Life in the “Roaring Twenties” 1920−1929. 

31. The Politics of Boom and Bust 1920−1932. 

32. The Great Depression and the New Deal 1933−1939. 

33. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War 1933−1941. 

34. America in World War II 1941−1945. 


35. The Cold War Begins 1945−1952.

36. American Zenith 1952−1963.

37. The Stormy Sixties 1963−1973.

38. Challenges to the Postwar Order 1973−1980.

39. The Resurgence of Conservatism 1980−1992.

40. America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era, 1992−2000.

41. The American People Face a New Century, 2001−2014.

Online Grading – Parent Portal
ALL Academic for students will be posted on ABI (or the Parent Portal) after each assignment has been turned in and graded. It is the responsibility of the student and parent to verify that these grades are accurate. If there are any discrepancies with the grades, please inform your teacher. You can access these daily grades by choosing “Grades” and then “Gradebook” on your parent portal account. Then click on the class for which you want to see the assignment grade breakdown.
ALL Academic and Arts grades will be posted every 4.5 weeks. These overall grades will be posted on the Parent Portal for ALL classes in the form of a progress report. Click on “Grades” then “Grades” to see your overall grades every 4.5 weeks.
Information on how to create a parent portal account was given out during registration. Please contact if you need assistance with your portal account reactivation.
Extra Instructional Help and Tutoring Hours
With such a busy schedule, LACHSA students often need a little extra help, need to borrow a textbook to finish an assignment.
Office Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (7:15 – 8am) for all Academic classes

* No student arriving to office hours past 7:50 will be helped.
By phone: TBD
Note to Parents:  Please see the class website at for assignment information, tutoring hours and other important course information.  In addition, you may subscribe to the homework page to get email reminders when new assignments are posted or updated. Please check regularly to check on your child’s progress. After reviewing your child’s online grade, you have any questions or concerns please email Ms. Hernandez at


Please review the syllabus with your student and fill out and sign below.
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