US History

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    US History Course Description:

    10th Grade United States History explores United States’ history and culture from the onset of the Civil War through the dawn of the 21st Century. This course examines the major political, cultural, economic and social themes and events that have shaped our nation’s growth and development during this time period.

    This course is taught thematically. Thematic teaching better enables our students to connect events over time and construct knowledge to realize a “big picture” of our history. As students understand the greater historical narrative they begin to look for patterns, trends and flow over time. This long look at history invites the student into the story. This approach encourages students to consider historical patterns unfolding in the now and make predictions for the future.


    Unit One: The Civil War & The Country's Growth Since War

    Unit Two: The Fight for Equality/Civil Rights

    Unit Three: The American Identity/Immigration in America

    Unit Four: American Foreign Policy and the Responsibility of Global Leadership

    Unit Five: Pop Culture's Effects on History

    Unit Six: America's Emergence and Growth as an Economic Power

    Text: The Americans. McDougal Littell. 2005.

    Grade Components and Assessments:
    • Each student is required to complete all tests, quizzes, writing and research assignments, projects, in-class assignments, homework, and class participation.  Failure to do so will affect the student’s overall grade.
    • Grade components:  Summative Assessments: 60%, Homework:  20%, In class assignments & participation: 20%
    • No extra credit projects will be given.
    • Grades are posted on Sapphire.  It is your responsibility to track your own grade.
    • Points will be deducted for not writing your name on the assignment, “messy work”, colored ink, late work, and cheating. 
    • Cheating is defined as copying answers/ work or getting answers from someone else.  All persons involved will receive no credit and is subjected to further punishment.

    Absences (according to the handbook): 

    Students are encouraged to keep up with assignments while absent, the student has two school days upon returning to make up any work missed. It is the student’s responsibility to take the initiative in arranging for make-up work. However, if a student is absent on the day of a test and he or she has not been absent for work covered on the test, he or she is expected to be prepared to take the test upon returning. (This will be completed before or after school, or during a study hall or Spartan period; preferably not during class.)

    Late Work:

    Work is due on the assigned day.  Late work will be accepted, however:  correct work is half credit. After two class periods after the due date I will NOT accept any late work and a ZERO will be calculated into the student’s grade.