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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
Monday
January 30
THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: THE CIVIL WAR 
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: THE CIVIL WAR

NOTES:

1. KEY EVENTS & BATTLES CHART
2. END OF THE WAR


ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Choose ONE of the following - DUE FRIDAY
1. The American Civil War Simulation
   a. DIRECTIONS
   b. Why Did the Union Win the War? WORKSHEET

2. ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S CROSSROADS
   a. ANSWER the 13 Questions on President Lincoln's Decisions
   b. Copy and Paste your results into an email

3. Think you would be a good military leader? Try this online game: GETTYSBURG GAME - Could YOU Have Won the Battle of Gettysburg?
Tuesday
January 31
NO CLASS
Wednesday February 1THEME #1: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: THE CIVIL WAR
       
CLASS PRESENTATION: 10 DAYS - ANTIETAM
Thursday February 2 **TOPIC: Bridge Between CIVIL WAR and Theme #2 RACE & RACISM / SLAVERY

CLASS PRESENTATION: GLORY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: ONE of Civil War OPTIONS - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday February 3TOPIC: Bridge Between CIVIL WAR and Theme #2 RACE & RACISM / SLAVERY 

CLASS PRESENTATION: GLORY

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
GLORY worksheet - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
February 6
THEME #2: RACE AND RACISM 

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

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SLAVERY WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Tuesday February 7NO CLASS
Wednesday February 8THEME #2: RACE AND RACISM
TOPIC: SLAVERY

CLASS PRESENTATION: The "Old South" - Slaves and Masters

NOTES: 
Southern Society - Class Structure

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SLAVERY WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON THURSDAY
Thursday February 9**THEME #2: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: JIM CROW

CLASS PRESENTATION: PBS, SLAVERY by Another Name

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Review SLAVERY by Another Name - Film Synopsis
Friday February 10**THEME #2: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: JIM CROW

CLASS ACTIVITY: Discussion of SLAVERY by Another Name - Main Themes / Topics

NOTES:
1. 
SLAVERY by Another Name - HISTORY BACKGROUND
2. 
SLAVERY by Another Name - KEY TERMS 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: SLAVERY by Another Name - WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
February 13
THEME #2: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

CLASS PRESENTATION:
Harlem Renaissance

NOTES:
Harlem Renaissance

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Harlem Renaissance PROJECT - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY 
Tuesday February 14NO CLASS
Wednesday February 15THEME #2: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE
 
CLASS ACTIVITY: Work on
Harlem Renaissance PROJECTDUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Thursday February 16THEME #2: RACE & RACISM
**TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

CLASS PRESENTATION: Jazz, Episode 3: "Our Language"
 
ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT:
Harlem Renaissance PROJECTDUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY
Friday
February 17
THEME #2: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: HARLEM RENAISSANCE

CLASS PRESENTATIONS: Harlem Renaissance STUDENT PROJECTS
NICK - Louis Armstrong
LY - Langston Hughes
LIZBETH - Paul Robeson
FIONA - Jacob Lawrence
DAN - Marian Anderson

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: JIM CROW LAWS WEB QUEST - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON WEDNESDAY
Monday
February 20
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 21NO CLASS
Wednesday February 22THEME #2: 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"
Thursday February 23THEME #2: 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 FRIDAY
Friday February 24THEME #2: RACE & RACISM
TOPIC: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CLASS PRESENTATION: FREEDOM SUMMER

NOTES: Background to FREEDOM SUMMER:
1. Timeline of Events
2.
Freedom Summer - Summary

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: 
FREEDOM SUMMER WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY
Monday
February 27
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Tuesday
February 28
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 1 TOPIC:
Thursday March 2**TOPIC:
Friday
March 3
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Monday
March 6
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Tuesday
March 7
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 8 TOPIC:
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March 10
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Monday
March 13
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Tuesday
March 14
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 15 TOPIC:
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March 17
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Monday
March 20
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Tuesday
March 21
NO CLASS
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March 24
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Monday
March 27
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Tuesday
March 28
NO CLASS
Wednesday March 29 TOPIC:
Thursday
March 30
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Friday
March 31
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Monday
April 3
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Tuesday
April 4
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 5 TOPIC:
Thursday  April 6**TOPIC:
Friday 
April 7
TOPIC:
SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 18
NO CLASS
Wednesday April 19 TOPIC:
Thursday April 20**TOPIC:
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Monday
April 24
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Tuesday
April 25
NO CLASS
Wednesday
April 26
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Thursday
April 27
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Friday
April 28
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Monday
May 1
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Tuesday
May 2
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 3
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Thursday
May 4
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May 5
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Monday
May 8
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Tuesday
May 9
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 10
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Thursday
May 11
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May 12
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Monday
May 15
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Tuesday
May 16
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 17
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Thursday
May 18
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May 19
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Monday
May 22
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Tuesday
May 23
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 24
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Thursday
May 25
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Friday
May 26
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Monday
May 29
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 30
NO CLASS
Wednesday
May 31
TOPIC: 
Thursday
June 1
**TOPIC:
Friday
June 2
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Monday
June 5
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Tuesday
June 6
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
Thursday
June 8
GRADUATION DAY = FREEDOM
"You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here"