Course Syllabus

Where to find course content:

For the most part we use THREE tabs in this course located on the left: Announcements, Assignments, and Modules.

Announcements: here you will find the daily agenda for what we will do in class, as well as the CLASS RECORDING you can watch to see my explanation of notes and assignments.

Assignments: here you will find each assignment (imagine that!) under each Unit tab. Clicking on each assignment gives you a detailed explanation of what to do for each one. Also, remember you can watch the CLASS RECORDING to get an explanation too.

Modules: here you will find all of the history content for this course, including the textbook, under the American Vision Textbook tab, along with my slideshows I cover in class and use for each Daily Journal entry. Each slideshow is labelled clearly under each unit tab with a title and date used for each journal entry.

Lastly, always remember to SHARE any Google created assignments (Docs, Slides, Forms, etc) with me! You can also submit some assignments through a Canvas text box if I give you that option.

My school email: 

Course Syllabus: American History I

Instructor: Mr. Taylor -- Room: 119 – Period: 4 (1:15 PM - 2:30 PM)



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: 


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.

Outline of Content:

  • Creating a Nation (Beginnings to 1816)

Topics Covered: Colonization, The American Revolution, Creating the Constitution

  • The Young Republic (1789-1850)

Topics Covered: Federalists and Republicans, Growth and Division, Reform Movements, Manifest Destiny

  • The Crisis of Union (1848-1877)

Topics Covered: Sectional Conflict, Antebellum America, The Civil War, Reconstruction

  • Birth of Modern America (1865-1900)

Topics Covered: Settling the West, Industrialization, Urban America

Required Materials:


Notebook Paper 

Writing Utensils

Current projects/classwork, etc.

Homework (weekly reviews, ongoing class assignments, etc.)

Grading Policy:

Type of Assignment                                                                Total Possible Points

Homework/Classwork                                                                   40% 

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.

Behavioral Guidelines:

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.

Contact Information:

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: (preferred)

Final Note:

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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