Course Syllabus: American History II Honors
Instructor: Mr. Taylor -- Room: 119 – Period: 1 (9:00 AM - 10:15 AM)
COVID-19 SYLLABUS CHANGES:
Students are expected to attend class every day at the designated time for both Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction.
Students will be counted absent if they do not come to the Google Meet via internet OR via phone, OR turn-in work, OR log-in to Canvas at least once during the day (12 AM - 11:59 PM). Students that miss more than 3 days or 3 assignments will get a call home and their counselors and administrators will be notified.
Grades will be calculated as follows:
- Homework/Classwork - 40%
- Quizzes - 40%
- Tests - 20%
Late Work will be assessed as follows:
- Up to 2 days late - 10% deduction
- 3-5 days late - 20% deduction
- 5 or more days late - 30% deduction maximum
Technology Question / Issues:
If you have any questions or concerns in regards to technology (such as Chromebooks, passwords, Canvas access, etc.) please send your concerns to Mr. Elliott at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The history of the United States contains a mixture of struggles and triumphs that have created a unique population of people. Several key issues, important events, and select individuals will be discussed throughout the course. Students will study, analyze, and formulate hypotheses on most topics covered during class through daily activities including in-class discussion, document analysis, group projects, review sessions, and reading/writing assignments. Connections of course material with modern day events will give the students the opportunity to understand the world in which they live. A solid knowledge of United States history can prepare the students to make informed decisions in the near future and shape the nation for future generations. The course content resumes the chronology covered in United States History I.
Outline of Content:
Post-Reconstruction Economics – The Gilded Age
- Topics Covered: American industrialism, immigration and urbanization, rise of the Robber Barons and monopolies, anti-trust legislation
American Military Growth and Imperialism
- Topics Covered: the Frontier Thesis and the completion of westward expansion, Manifest Destiny, increased military spending, the Spanish-American War
Turn of the Century Political Reform – The Progressive Era
- Topics Covered: increase in presidential power (Theodore Roosevelt), workers rights and the rise of labor unions, consumer protection, environmental conservation, and women’s rights movement
American Involvement in World War I
- Topics Covered: causes of World War I in Europe, American neutrality and European attacks, U.S. fighting and the home front in the war, Woodrow Wilson and the Fourteen Points, Treaty of Versailles
The Roaring 20s and the Jazz Age
- Topics Covered: development of U.S. popular culture, cultural changes and reactions to (radio, Jazz, professional sports, etc.), political and economic prosperity
From Wealth to Poverty – The Great Depression
- Topics Covered: The Stock Market Crash, societal effects of the Great Depression, entertainment and culture during hard times, the New Deal
American Involvement in World War II
- Topics Covered: causes of War II in Europe and Japan, the Holocaust, U.S. isolationism, U.S. entry into the War, fighting on the home front, development of nuclear warfare
Post-War Prosperity – 1950s Society
- Topics Covered: Post-WWII foreign policy, origins of the Cold War and the Red Scare, 1950s cultural changes, the Korean War, start of the space race
American Cultural Backlash - 1960s Counterculture
- Topics Covered: the Civil Rights Movement, youth and the counterculture, social activism for women and other minorities, the continuation of the Cold War, the Vietnam War begins
The Nixon, Ford, and Carter Administrations
- Topics Covered: the Vietnam War intensifies, détente and the Cold War, the Watergate Scandal, U.S. foreign relations and the Middle East
America Prepares for the 21st Century
- Topics Covered: Reaganomics and New Federalism, unpredictable Cold War relations, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Clinton Administration, 90s culture and the dawn of the Technological Revolution
Entering the New Millennium
- Topics Covered: 9/11 and the War on Terror, the Axis of Evil and the War in Iraq, social and cultural events of the 2000s, the election of Barack Obama
Current projects/classwork, etc.
Homework (weekly reviews, ongoing class assignments, etc.)
Type of Assignment Total Possible Points
Quizzes/Minor Projects 40%
Tests/Major Projects 20%
Unit tests will be cumulative and include questions from all previous units. Each type of project and minor classwork along with their point value will be explained further in-class through any necessary rubrics or handouts. Most graded assignments will be kept by the teacher for future grading and conference purposes.
Grading Policy: FCS Grading Policy: A = 90 to 100, B = 80 to 89, C = 70 to 79, D = 60 to 69, F = Less than 60. The final course grade will be calculated by averaging each of the student’s nine weeks’ grades (at 40% weight each) and Final Exam grade (at 20% weight). Final letter grades will be assigned based upon the resulting average and using the scale above.
Late Work and Extra Credit:
Students are allowed to complete their work by the due dates announced in class. After the due date the work will be considered missing and receive a deduction in points as follows:
- 1-2 days late = 10% point deduction
- 3-5 days late = 20% point deduction
- 5+ days late = 30% point deduction (maximum)
A score of “1” will indicate that the student was either not present the day the assignment was due or was not present the day the assignment was given. It is the student’s responsibility to visit the course Canvas page and get the assignments they’ve missed. Extra credit work will only be given to students who have completed ALL assignments up to the current point in a grading period.
When homework (weekly summaries, projects, etc.) is assigned it will be completed and returned on the due date announced in class. Late homework will receive a deduction in points each as described in the previous section.
Attendance and Tardy Policy:
Students who miss TEN or more days of this period are in violation of the FCS Attendance Policy and may be required to repeat the course. The following is our new SCHOOL WIDE POLICY: Students are expected to sign-on to the course through the scheduled Google Meet or on Canvas during the day in order to be counted as present.
As young adults every student is expected to act in a mature manner. Inappropriate behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. The following behavioral guidelines are expected in this class at all times:
Respect others as well as yourself
Listen and don’t talk when others are speaking on the Google Meet
Identify yourself when you need to be called upon
No inappropriate language at any time, especially directed toward others.
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your child’s performance in my class. I can be reached by the following:
Work Phone: 919-496-3975 (office number)
E-mail: AlexanderTaylor@fcschools.net (preferred)
It is up to both the teacher and every student to make the best out of what this course has to offer. If all goes well each and every student can, and will, succeed in this class. There is no excuse for failure. If at any time individual attention is required for a student please arrange a meeting with me outside of class for any possible help. I am privileged to be teaching this course and working with every student to help them achieve their full potential.
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