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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.


This course is ultimately about you:
  • how you internalize history
  • how you make sense of information
  • how you use your knowledge of historical events to come to an understanding of how history shapes our lives today

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
Thursday September 22TOPIC: INTRODUCTION

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

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT - Current Events:
- Choose an ONLINE NEWS WEBSITE / REVIEW CURRENT EVENTS (World - U.S. - Business - Technology - Culture)
- Come to class ready to share your QUESTIONS & OPINIONS

Friday
September 23
TOPIC: So WHY do we have to study this stuff?
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: Using current events topics, we will analyze how & why understanding or NOT understanding "HISTORY" can affect our lives.
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. READINGWhy Study History? Handout
2. Research Major Historical Events in YOUR Lifetime: INFOPLEASE Year by Year   
Monday
September 26
TOPIC: WHAT ARE "IMPORTANT EVENTS" IN HISTORY? 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
Why Study History?
Tuesday
September 27
NO CLASS
Wednesday September 28TOPIC: 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 THURSDAY
Thursday
September 29
**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:
- READING
Causes of the American Revolution
Friday
September 30
TOPIC: ENGLISH COLONIZATION / LIFE IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: EARLY COLONIAL SOCIETY 

NOTES: 
13 Colonies Chart

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT - ONLINE GAME: THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION
Monday
October 3
TOPIC: CAUSES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

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

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: REVIEW HAND-OUT on Causes of the American Revolution
Tuesday
October
4
NO CLASS
Wednesday October 5TOPIC: 2016 ELECTION  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: FRONTLINE - The Choice 2016
Thursday
October 6
**TOPIC: 2016 ELECTION  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: FRONTLINE - The Choice 2016

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: FRONTLINE - The Choice 2016 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
October 7
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: Was Rebellion Justified? Mini-Project
1.
DIRECTIONS
2. TEAM LOYALISTS: Lizbeth, Nick, Dan
     -
TEAM LOYALISTS Information Sheet
     -
TEAM LOYALISTS Worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
3. TEAM PATRIOTS: Ly, Fiona
     -
TEAM PATRIOTS Information Sheet
     -
TEAM PATRIOTS WorksheetDUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY

TEAM LOYALISTS RESPONSE
TEAM PATRIOTS RESPONSE
Monday
October 10
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 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: PART 4 / Personal Reaction - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY

TEAM LOYALISTS RESPONSE

TEAM PATRIOTS RESPONSE
Tuesday
October
11
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October
12
TESTING: PSATs

TOPIC: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - WAR AGAINST THE BRITISH 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

NOTES: Key Events of the Revolutionary War 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
1. PART 4 / Personal Reaction - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY

TEAM LOYALISTS RESPONSE

TEAM PATRIOTS RESPONSE

2. A Modern American Tale - Seneca, Nebraska [You might find this podcast interesting]
Thursday
October
13
**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 
Friday
October 14
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
October 17
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
October
18
NO CLASS
Wednesday
October
 19
 ARIZONA STATE FAIR  
Thursday
October
20
**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 MONDAY
Friday
October
21
TOPIC: REVIEW OF UNIT 1  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
- Work on
OPEN-BOOK TEST / WORKSHEET #1 - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
- BRING IN YOUR QUESTIONS

POWER NOTES: The American Revolution

Monday
October 24
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
Tuesday
October 25
NO CLASS
Wednesday October 26 THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: 
A History of U.S. Military Interventions 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
READING for THURSDAYVARIOUS DEFINITIONS OF TERRORISM
GROUP PROJECT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
    -
What is Terrorism? Who are the Terrorists? - CASE STUDIES
    -
Terrorism Project ANSWER SHEET  
Thursday
October 27
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror 

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

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: GROUP PROJECT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
    -
What is Terrorism? Who are the Terrorists? - CASE STUDIES
    -
Terrorism Project ANSWER SHEET
Friday
October 28
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror 

CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on group project 
 
Monday
October 31
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: War on Terror  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Terrorism, Terrorists, And The U.S. Response

CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. Discuss responses to group project
2. CURRENT EVENTS - War on Terror Today

Tuesday
November
1
NO CLASS
Wednesday
November

2
THEME #1: 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 MONDAY 
Thursday
November

3
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA


CLASS PRESENTATION: How Vietnam Was Lost 


Vietnam Era Music Sampler:
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'
Country Joe McDonald and the Fish - Fixin' to Die Rag
Byrds - Eve Of Destruction
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio
The Who - My Generation
The Rolling Stones - Mother's Little Helper
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
Rascals - People Got To Be Free
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant
Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind
Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today
Crosby, Stills, Nash - Woodstock
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
Edwin Starr - War
Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
Simon and Garfunkel - Mrs. Robinson
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Teach Your Children
Don McLean - American Pie
AND THE Counter-Protest Song: Merle Haggard - Okie from Muskogee

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: VIETNAM WAR WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Friday
November
4
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: VIETNAM - Part 1: 1954-1968 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: VIETNAM WAR WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday
November
7
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS - 2016 ELECTION  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1.
2016 Presidential Candidate Positions on 75 Issues: A Side by Side Comparison
2. The Candidates and the World 
Tuesday
November
8
NO CLASS
Wednesday
November

9
TOPIC: CURRENT EVENTS - 2016 ELECTION  
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: 2016 ELECTION De-Briefing / Future Predictions? 
Thursday
November
10
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. VIETNAM - Part 1: 1954-1968
2. PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, The Last Days in Vietnam
Friday
November
11
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, The Last Days in Vietnam

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: The Last Days in Vietnam DISCUSSION QUESTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY 
Monday
November
14
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: VIETNAM ERA  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: VIETNAM - Part 2: 1968-1975

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: First Days Story Project - BE PREPARED TO SHARE IN CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Tuesday
November
15
NO CLASS
Wednesday
November
16
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: COLD WAR

CLASS ACTIVITY: First Days Story Project Reactions

CLASS PRESENTATION: Origins of the Cold War

NOTES: 
Cold War TIMELINE
Thursday
November

17
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: COLD WAR 

CLASS PRESENTATION: Excerpts from Untold History of the United States, Parts 4 & 5    

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY, 11/28
- OPTION 1 [INDIVIDUAL] --
THE COLD WAR WEBQUEST
- OPTION 2 [GROUP] --
On the Brink of War (Cold War Culture)
Friday
November 18
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: COLD WAR 

CLASS PRESENTATION: Cold War: Foreign Conflicts / Impact at Home 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY, 11/28
- OPTION 1 [INDIVIDUAL] --
THE COLD WAR WEBQUEST
- OPTION 2 [GROUP] --
On the Brink of War (Cold War Culture)
Monday
November 21
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: COLD WAR 

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
JFK and the Cold War
2. Untold History of the United States, JFK - To the Brink     

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY, 11/28
- OPTION 1 [INDIVIDUAL] --
THE COLD WAR WEBQUEST
- OPTION 2 [GROUP] --
On the Brink of War (Cold War Culture)
Tuesday
November 22
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: COLD WAR 

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish 
Untold History of the United States, JFK - To the Brink     

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
- OPTION 1 [INDIVIDUAL] --
THE COLD WAR WEBQUEST
- OPTION 2 [GROUP] --
On the Brink of War (Cold War Culture) 
Wednesday
November 23
END OF FIRST QUARTER
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: COLD WAR   

CLASS PRESENTATION:
End of the Cold War  

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
- OPTION 1 [INDIVIDUAL] --
THE COLD WAR WEBQUEST
- OPTION 2 [GROUP] --
On the Brink of War (Cold War Culture)

CONGRATULATIONS!
You have completed the LONGEST STRETCH of Class Days (= NO DAYS OFF) of the year!
(BUT the time from the start of 2nd Semester to Spring Break is ALMOST as long!)
THANKSGIVING BREAK
Monday
November 28
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: COLD WAR ADDENDUM

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
1. Fidel Castro Dies at Age 90 - 11/25/2016
2. 
Excerpt from The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square  

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: The Tank Man - Tiananmen Square Discussion Questions
Tuesday
November 29
NO CLASS
Wednesday
November 30
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. New Ideas / Leaders in the 1930s
2. 
The Rise of Fascism  

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORLD WAR II WebQuest - DUE WEDNESDAY AT THE START OF CLASS
Thursday
December
1
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. People's Century, Master Race
2.
World War II Propaganda 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORLD WAR II WebQuest - DUE WEDNESDAY AT THE START OF CLASS 
Friday
December 2
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II

CLASS PRESENTATION: Untold History of the United States, World War II

NOTES:
U.S. Involvement in World War II

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORLD WAR II WebQuest - DUE WEDNESDAY AT THE START OF CLASS 
Monday
December 5
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: 
1.
World War II - Military and Diplomatic Fronts
2.
World War II - The Home Front

NOTES:
1. 
The Home Front
2.
World War II Conferences and Treaties

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORLD WAR II WebQuest - DUE WEDNESDAY AT THE START OF CLASS 
Tuesday
December 6
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 7
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
ATROCITY TRIALS
2. Internment of Japanese Americans
Thursday
December 8
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: Untold History of the United States, The Bomb 

NOTES:

1. PRO and CON on DROPPING THE ATOMIC BOMB
2. 
ARGUMENTS FOR DROPPING THE ATOMIC BOMB 
Friday 
December 9
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY: MINI-DBQ - Was the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb Justified? - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
December 12
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: "MODERN" AMERICA'S NEW FOREIGN POLICY - IMPERIALISM 

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
U.S. EXPANSION & THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

NOTES:
1.
PRO-Imperialism vs. ANTI-Imperialism 
2. The Spanish-American War

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
IMPERIALISM WRITING ASSIGNMENT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 1/11
Tuesday
December 13
NO CLASS
Wednesday
December 14
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: "MODERN" AMERICA'S NEW FOREIGN POLICY - IMPERIALISM 

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
The U.S. Becomes a World Power

NOTES:
Four Presidents & Imperialism: McKinley, TR, Taft, Wilson

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: IMPERIALISM WRITING ASSIGNMENT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 1/11 
Thursday
December 15
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: "MODERN" AMERICA'S NEW FOREIGN POLICY - IMPERIALISM 

CLASS PRESENTATION: American Experience - Panama Canal
  

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: IMPERIALISM WRITING ASSIGNMENT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY, 1/11
Friday
December 16
SPECIAL SCHEDULE - Morning Meeting: 9:00
WINTER VACATION
Tuesday
January 10
[Monday Schedule] THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I
 

CLASS PRESENTATION: WW I - Posters and Cartoons

CLASS ACTIVITY:
CURRENT EVENTS

NOTES: 
 
1. U.S. Entrance into World War I
2.
The Home Front 
3.
Treaty of Versailles / Ratification Battle
4. POWER NOTES - World War I

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:   World War I Worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
-
HAND-OUT #1
-
HAND-OUT #2
-
HAND-OUT #3 
Wednesday
January 11
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I  
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. The Great War
2. 
U.S. Role in World War I

NOTES:  
1. U.S. Entrance into World War I
2.
The Home Front 
3.
Treaty of Versailles / Ratification Battle
4. POWER NOTES - World War I

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:   World War I Worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
-
HAND-OUT #1
-
HAND-OUT #2
-
HAND-OUT #3
Thursday
January 12
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I

CLASS PRESENTATION: INFLUENZA 1918   

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:  
World War I Worksheet - DUE ON MONDAY
Friday
January 13
[Tuesday Schedule] NO CLASS
Monday
January 16
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I

CLASS ACTIVITY: Finish World War I Worksheet - DUE AT END OF CLASS  
Tuesday
January 17
NO CLASS
Wednesday
January 18
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: MANIFEST DESTINY and WESTWARD EXPANSION

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
MANIFEST DESTINY
2.
TEXAS REVOLUTION
3. America, The Story of Us - Westward

NOTES:
1.
MANIFEST DESTINY
2.
WESTWARD EXPANSION TIMELINE
Thursday
January 19
**THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: MANIFEST DESTINY and WESTWARD EXPANSION
       
CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. 
MEXICAN WAR
2. California Gold Rush

NOTES:
1. 
MEXICAN WAR CHART
2.
The Conquest of Northern Mexico - THE MEXICAN PERSPECTIVE
Friday
January 20
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: MANIFEST DESTINY and WESTWARD EXPANSION 
       
CLASS ACTIVITY:
1. The Gold Rush - STRIKE IT RICH! Game
2.
STRIKE IT RICH! Game  SCORE SHEET

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SEMESTER EXAM PROJECT - Causes of the Civil War Webquest
Monday
January 23
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WAR   
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WAR

NOTES: 
1.
Timeline of Events Leading Up To The  Civil War
2. The Secession Crisis
3. Causes of the Civil War 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
SEMESTER EXAM PROJECT - - Causes of the Civil War Webquest - DUE BY END OF THE EXAM PERIOD ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Tuesday
January 24
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 1 [Government]
1:00 - U.S. History

Wednesday
January 25
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 3
1:00 - Period 4 [World Cultures]

Thursday
January 26
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 5 [Modern World History]
1:00 - Period 6

Friday
January 27
POST-EXAM BREAK: NO CLASSES