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United States History

The goal of the course is to infuse you with the knowledge of over 500 years of American history. This will be no simple task given our time constraints, but it is one that we will attack vigorously. What you will be expected to learn in this class is not just a select group of facts; instead, you will be asked to develop your own personal interpretation of American history.

This course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. The course extends to the modern day.

Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism, and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation.

Please remember that you are in control of your success in this class.
 Take responsibility for your work and be accountable for your actions.
DATECLASS CALENDAR / INFORMATION
Wednesday
September 5
TOPIC: INTRODUCTION

1. CLASS WEBSITE
2. EVALUATION
3. APPROACH: Chronology vs. Themes
   

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READINGWhy Study History? Handout
2. Research Major Historical Events in YOUR Lifetime: INFOPLEASE Year by Year
Thursday
September 6
FRIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE
TOPIC: WHAT ARE "IMPORTANT EVENTS" IN HISTORY? 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
Why Study History?
Friday
September 7
TOPIC: Contact - Collision of 3 Cultures
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. The Eve of Colonization: America & Europe
2. The Columbian Exchange 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SALEM WITCHCRAFT TRIALS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY 
Monday
September 10
TOPIC: SPANISH - FRENCH - ENGLISH COLONIZATION / LIFE IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: EARLY COLONIAL SOCIETY 

NOTES:

1. 16th - 17th Century European Colonizing Efforts
2. VIRGINIA - MASSACHUSETTS COLONIAL COMPARISON

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SALEM WITCHCRAFT TRIALS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY 
Tuesday
September 11
**TOPIC: What is the AMERICAN DREAM?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Rich Hall's WORKING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Wednesday September 12TOPIC: ENGLISH COLONIZATION / LIFE IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: EARLY COLONIAL SOCIETY 

NOTES: 
13 Colonies Chart

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
- READING
Causes of the American Revolution 
Thursday
September 13
NO CLASS
Friday
September 14
TOPIC: CAUSES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
"INDEPENDENCE" Questionnaire
2.
"Fever Model" of Revolution
3. 
Road to Revolution Mind Map

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT - ONLINE GAME:
THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION 
Monday
September 17
TOPIC: CONFLICTING ATTITUDES / PERCEPTIONS BETWEEN ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LEADERS
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. 
Revolutionary Mindset and the American Revolution
2. Road to Revolution

NOTES:
1. Restrictive British Policies
2. LOYALISTS vs. PATRIOTS
3. The Declaration of Independence
4.
What Makes the Declaration of Independence Revolutionary?

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT - READ:
-
TEAM LOYALISTS Information Sheet
- TEAM PATRIOTS Information Sheet
- Which "ONE-THIRD" of the population would you belong to at the start of the conflict? 
Tuesday
September 18
**TOPIC: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - WAR AGAINST THE BRITISH 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
 THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
2. Excerpts from Liberty video

NOTES:
1.
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Opposing Sides
2.
Key Events of the Revolutionary War
Wednesday September 19TOPIC: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - WAR AGAINST THE BRITISH 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Excerpts from Liberty video

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Liberty video
QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY  
Thursday
September 20
NO CLASS
Friday
September 21
TOPIC: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - WAR AGAINST THE BRITISH 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Excerpts from Liberty video

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Liberty video
QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY   
Monday
September 24
TOPIC: BUILDING A NEW GOVERNMENT  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: A "Good Start" OR "Growing Pains"?

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT
- READING:
1. Life under the ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION
2. Articles Of Confederation vs. The Constitution
- ONLINE GAME: Which Founder Are You?Email OR Print out your results  
Tuesday
September 25
**TOPIC: BUILDING A NEW GOVERNMENT  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Forming a New Government
2. Excerpts from Liberty video

NOTES:
1.
 Overview of The Constitution
2. 
FEDERALISTS vs. ANTIFEDERALISTS  

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: **
OPEN-BOOK TEST / WORKSHEET #1 - YOU WILL BE PERMITTED TO USE READING / NOTES / CLASS PRESENTATIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Wednesday September 26TOPIC: REVIEW OF UNIT 1  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
- Work on
OPEN-BOOK TEST / WORKSHEET #1 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
- BRING IN YOUR QUESTIONS

POWER NOTES:
The American Revolution
Thursday
September 27
NO CLASS
Friday
September 28
TOPIC: STUDYING U.S. HISTORY - CHRONOLOGICAL UNITS vs. THEMES IN HISTORY

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
2.
BALLOT

CLASS PRESENTATION: The 4 TURNINGS / CYCLES of American History 
Monday
October 1
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Introduction

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
An Introduction to the Topic of Race and Racism in American Society
2. 
Interesting Facts about RACISM

INTERESTING ARTICLE: Blasey Ford, White Male Privilege and the Reckoning to Come 
Tuesday
October 2
**THEME #1: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: ATTITUDES/IMAGES from the CIVIL WAR 

CLASS PRESENTATION: GLORY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
GLORY worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Wednesday
October 3
THEME #1: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: ATTITUDES/IMAGES from the CIVIL WAR 

CLASS PRESENTATION: GLORY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
GLORY worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Thursday
October 4
NO CLASS 
Friday
October 5
THEME #1: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: SLAVERY

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
The "Old South" - Slaves**THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
**TOPIC: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CLASS PRESENTATION: EYES ON THE PRIZE - FIGHTING BACK
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: EYES ON THE PRIZE - FIGHTING BACK
WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY - OPTIONAL!!! - [ANSWER Question #4 if so inspired] and Masters

NOTES: 
Southern Society - Class Structure   
Monday
October 8
THEME #1: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: JIM CROW

CLASS PRESENTATION:
The Jim Crow Era

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SLAVERY WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY   
Tuesday
October 9
Mrs. Leyden
**
THEME #1: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: SLAVERY

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on SLAVERY WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Wednesday
October 10
TESTING: PSATs in MORNING

Community Service in AFTERNOON
Thursday
October 11
ARIZONA STATE FAIR
Friday
October 12
Mrs. Leyden
THEME #1: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: SLAVERY

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on SLAVERY WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY

IF FINISHEDReview the following NOTES:
1. SLAVERY by Another Name -
HISTORY BACKGROUND
2. SLAVERY by Another Name -
FILM SYNOPSIS
3. SLAVERY by Another Name - KEY TERMS 
Monday
October 15
THEME #1: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: JIM CROW

CLASS PRESENTATION: PBS, SLAVERY by Another Name

NOTES:
1. SLAVERY by Another Name -
HISTORY BACKGROUND
2. SLAVERY by Another Name -
FILM SYNOPSIS
3. SLAVERY by Another Name - KEY TERMS 
Tuesday
October 16
**THEME #1: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: JIM CROW

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish PBS, SLAVERY by Another Name

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SLAVERY by Another Name -
WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Wednesday
October 17
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: JIM CROW

CLASS ACTIVITY: Discussion of SLAVERY by Another Name
 
Thursday
October 18
NO CLASS
Friday
October 19
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

CLASS PRESENTATION:
Harlem Renaissance

NOTES:
Harlem Renaissance

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Harlem Renaissance PROJECT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY  
Monday
October 22
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

CLASS PRESENTATION: Jazz, Episode 3: "Our Language"

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Harlem Renaissance PROJECTDUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Tuesday
October 23
**THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

CLASS PRESENTATION: Jazz, Episode 3: "Our Language"

 
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
Harlem Renaissance PROJECTDUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Wednesday
October 24
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on Harlem Renaissance PROJECTDUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Thursday
October 25
NO CLASS
Friday
October 26
END OF FIRST QUARTER

THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

CLASS PRESENTATIONS: Harlem Renaissance STUDENT PROJECTS

MAXWELL - William H. Johnson (Painter)
PEP - Augusta Savage (Sculptor)
RAMIRO -
Paul Robeson (Singer / Actor)
Monday
October 29
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Modern Civil Rights Movement: 1954-1965
2. 1965 Alabama LITERACY TEST
3. Louisiana LITERACY TEST
4. Black Panther COLORING BOOK [Real OR FBI Misinformation?]

NOTES:
Key Events in the Civil Rights Movement

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
 READING -
1. Eyes on the Prize, Episode 2
2. 
"A School Year Like No Other" 
Tuesday
October 30
**THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CLASS PRESENTATION: EYES ON THE PRIZE - FIGHTING BACK
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: EYES ON THE PRIZE - FIGHTING BACK
WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY - OPTIONAL!!!
- ANSWER Question #4 is REQUIRED
Wednesday October 31THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CLASS PRESENTATION: FREEDOM SUMMER


NOTES - Background to FREEDOM SUMMER: Freedom Summer - Summary

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
FREEDOM SUMMER WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday
November 1
NO CLASS 
Friday
November 2
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CLASS PRESENTATION: Storyville - The Black Panthers
 
Monday
November 5
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish Storyville - The Black Panthers

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READ this interview with the filmmaker -
Ava DuVernay's 13th Reframes American History 
Tuesday
November 6
**THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Faces of Civil Rights
2. 13th, From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment

NOTES:
1.
FILM SUMMARY of 13th
2. FILM THEMES in 13th  
Wednesday November 7THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish 13th

NOTES:
1.
FILM SUMMARY of 13th
2. FILM THEMES in 13th

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 13th 
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - REVIEW THE NOTES AND THE QUESTIONS
- WE WILL DISCUSS IN CLASS ON FRIDAY
 
Thursday
November 8
NO CLASS
Friday
November 9
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?

CLASS ACTIVITY: Follow-up discussion of 13th

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT - To prepare for next topic:
1. READ A New Film Investigates the Time America Banned an Entire Race
2. Image Gallery

Monday
November 12
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. NATIVISM
2. American Experience, THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT

Tuesday
November 13
**THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish American Experience, THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT
Wednesday November 14THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?


CLASS PRESENTATION: Chinese Immigration 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Follow-up discussion of American Experience, THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT  
Thursday
November 15
NO CLASS 
Friday
November 16
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?


CLASS PRESENTATION: ZOOT SUIT RIOTS 

NOTES: Zoot Suit Riots 
Monday
November 19
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?

CLASS PRESENTATION: PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Zoot Suit Riots
 
Tuesday
November 20
**THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: Where are we now? AND how did we get there?

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT - Choose ONE of the following: DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
-
Zoot Suit Riots, OPTION 1
-
Zoot Suit Riots, OPTION 2

TOPIC: IMMIGRATION - Diversity and Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
New York - Episode 4: The Power and the People 
Wednesday November 21THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: IMMIGRATION - Diversity and Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish 
New York - Episode 4: The Power and the People 
THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday
November 26
THEME #1: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: IMMIGRATION - Diversity and Culture

CLASS PRESENTATION: Explore Immigration Data

CLASS ACTIVITY: IMMIGRATION NATION [online game]

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT - Choose ONE of the following: DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
-
Zoot Suit Riots, OPTION 1
-
Zoot Suit Riots, OPTION 2

NEXT THEME/TOPIC? VOTING ROUND 2 - Return your vote no later than Morning Meeting TOMORROW
Tuesday
November 27
**TOPIC: Cutthroat Competition in American Paleontology (a story that doesn't fit in any of our themes)

CLASS PRESENTATION: PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Dinosaur Wars
Wednesday November 28THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: 
A History of U.S. Military Interventions

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: READING for FRIDAY - VARIOUS DEFINITIONS OF TERRORISM
Thursday
November 29
NO CLASS
Friday
November 30
Article that shows connection between past and present:
We Bear Responsibility for the Conditions in Honduras Causing Its People to Flee

THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror

CLASS ACTIVITY: What is Terrorism? Who are the Terrorists? - CASE STUDIES

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: War on Terror WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY - YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER ON THIS ASSIGNMENT 
Monday
December 3
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror

CLASS PRESENTATION: Terrorism, Terrorists, And The U.S. Response

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: War on Terror WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY - YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER ON THIS ASSIGNMENT 
Tuesday
December 4
**THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror

CLASS PRESENTATION: Untold History of the United States - Bush & Obama: Age of Terror

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: War on Terror WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY - YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER ON THIS ASSIGNMENT 
Wednesday
December 5
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. 
CURRENT EVENTS - War on Terror Today
2. U.S. Military Deployments
3. Costs of War

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: War on Terror WEBQUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY - YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER ON THIS ASSIGNMENT   
Thursday
December 6
NO CLASS
Friday
December 7
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
VIETNAM - Part 1: 1954-1968

NOTES: Key Events in the VIETNAM WAR Chart

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
VIETNAM WAR WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY, 1/8/2019
Monday
December 10
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA

CLASS PRESENTATION: Excerpts from Ken Burns, THE VIETNAM WAR
1. Geneva Accords / Civil War
2. Growing U.S. Involvement
  
Tuesday
December 11
**THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA

CLASS PRESENTATION: How Vietnam Was Lost
Wednesday
December 12
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA

CLASS PRESENTATION: Excerpts from Ken Burns, THE VIETNAM WAR
1. Unstable Government / Escalation
2. An Unwinnable War
3. Not Their Father's War / Fulbright Hearings
  
Thursday
December 13
NO CLASS 
Friday
December 14
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on VACATION ASSIGNMENT - VIETNAM WAR WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY, 1/8/2019
WINTER VACATION
Tuesday
January 8
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
January 9
TOPIC:
Thursday
January 10
NO CLASS
Friday
January 11
TOPIC:
Monday
January 14
TOPIC:
Tuesday
January 15
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
January 16
TOPIC:
Thursday
January 17
NO CLASS
Friday
January 18
TOPIC: 
Monday
January 21
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
January 22
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
January 23
TOPIC: 
Thursday
January 24
NO CLASS
Friday
January 25
TOPIC: 
Monday
January 28
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
January 29
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Wednesday
January 30
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Thursday
January 31
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS 
Friday
February 1
POST-EXAM BREAK: NO CLASSES