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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
Monday
February 4
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
New Ideas / Leaders in the 1930s 
Tuesday
February 5
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
**TOPIC: WORLD WAR II

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. PEOPLE'S CENTURY, Master Race - Nazism Overtakes German Society

2. 
The Rise of Fascism
Wednesday February 6THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II

CLASS PRESENTATION: Untold History of the United States, Chapter 1 - WORLD WAR II
Thursday February 7 NO CLASS 
Friday February 8THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II

CLASS PRESENTATION: World War II Propaganda

NOTES: U.S. Involvement in World War II

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORLD WAR II WebQuest - DUE FRIDAY AT THE START OF CLASS
Monday
February 11
THEME #2: 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 FRIDAY AT THE START OF CLASS 
Tuesday February 12THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
**TOPIC: WORLD WAR II

CLASS PRESENTATION: Untold History of the United States, Chapter 3 - THE BOMB 

NOTES:

1.
PRO and CON on DROPPING THE ATOMIC BOMB
2. Asking the Scientists: To Drop OR Not To Drop 
CLASS ACTIVITY:

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORLD WAR II WebQuest - DUE FRIDAY AT THE START OF CLASS
Wednesday February 13THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR II

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
ATROCITY TRIALS
2. 
Internment of Japanese Americans

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: WORLD WAR II WebQuest - DUE FRIDAY AT THE START OF CLASS  
Thursday February 14NO CLASS 
Friday February 15THEME #2: 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 
Monday
February 18
Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES 
Tuesday February 19THEME #2: 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
Wednesday February 20THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I

CLASS PRESENTATION: 
The Great War

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 
Thursday February 21NO CLASS 
Friday
February 22
LOTS OF SNOW, NOT ENOUGH ELECTRICITY
Monday
February 25
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I

CLASS PRESENTATION: They Shall Not Grow Old
Tuesday February 26**THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Finish 
They Shall Not Grow Old
2. INFLUENZA 1918
Wednesday February 27THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
WW I - Posters and Cartoons
2. U.S. Role in World War I

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: World War I Worksheet (REVISED) - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY
-
HAND-OUT #1
-
HAND-OUT #2
-
HAND-OUT #3
Thursday
February 28
NO CLASS 
Friday
March 1
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: WORLD WAR I

CLASS ACTIVITY: 14 Points - Versailles Conference - League of Nations - Disillusionment

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 (REVISED) - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY 
-
HAND-OUT #1
-
HAND-OUT #2
-
HAND-OUT #3
Monday
March 4
THEME #2: 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

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: World War I Worksheet (REVISED) - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON TUESDAY 
-
HAND-OUT #1
-
HAND-OUT #2
-
HAND-OUT #3
Tuesday
March 5
**THEME #2: 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
Wednesday March 6 THEME #2: 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 
Thursday March 7NO CLASS 
Friday
March 8
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: THE CIVIL WAR

CLASS PRESENTATION: 10 DAYS - ANTIETAM

NOTES: 
KEY EVENTS & BATTLES CHART 

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Choose ONE of the following - DUE WEDNESDAY
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?
Monday
March 11
THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: THE CIVIL WAR

CLASS PRESENTATION: THE CIVIL WAR

NOTES: KEY EVENTS & BATTLES CHART

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Choose ONE of the following - DUE WEDNESDAY
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
March 12
**THEME #2: WAR & PEACE
TOPIC: THE CIVIL WAR

CLASS PRESENTATION: CIVIL WAR, The Better Angels of Our Nature

NOTES: END OF THE WAR

ASSIGNMENT / ASSESSMENT: Choose ONE of the following - DUE WEDNESDAY
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?
Wednesday March 13 THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

THE THEORIES:
1. 10 Conspiracy Theories About the JFK Assassination
2. The 5 Biggest Kennedy Conspiracy Theories
3. The Kennedy Assassination Home Page
4. How Accurate is Oliver Stone's JFK?  
Thursday March 14NO CLASS 
Friday
March 15
THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

CLASS PRESENTATION: JFK (much more HOLLYWOOD than HISTORY)
Monday
March 18
THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

CLASS PRESENTATION: JFK 
Tuesday
March 19
**THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

CLASS PRESENTATION: JFK
Wednesday March 20 THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY

CLASS PRESENTATION: Finish JFK

CLASS ACTIVITY: Who Killed President Kennedy? WebQuest - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON FRIDAY    
Thursday March 21NO CLASS 
Friday
March 22
THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - The Watergate Scandal and the Downfall of Richard Nixon

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1.
Nixon and Watergate
2. All the President's Men

NOTES:
1. The 1970s - A Crisis in Confidence
2. WATERGATE Chronology
Monday
March 25
NO CLASSES - Trip to MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM & HEARD MUSEUM
Tuesday
March 26
**THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - The Watergate Scandal and the Downfall of Richard Nixon

CLASS PRESENTATION: All the President's Men
Wednesday
March 27
THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - The Watergate Scandal and the Downfall of Richard Nixon

CLASS PRESENTATION:
1. Finish All the President's Men
2. Nixon and Watergate
Thursday
March 28
NO CLASS
Friday
March 29
THEME #3: POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS AND SCANDALS
TOPIC: Democracy at Risk - The Watergate Scandal and the Downfall of Richard Nixon

CLASS ACTIVITY: The Watergate Scandal and the Downfall of Richard Nixon WORKSHEET - DUE AT START OF CLASS ON MONDAY

VOTE on NEXT THEME: Economic History / Social Reform and Protest / American Culture (music and film)
Monday
April 1
TOPIC:
Tuesday
April 2
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
April 3
TOPIC:
Thursday
April 4
NO CLASS 
Friday
April 5
TOPIC: 

SPRING VACATION
Tuesday
April 16
**TOPIC:
Wednesday April 17 TOPIC: 
Thursday  April 18NO CLASS  
Friday 
April 19
TOPIC: 
Monday
April 22
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
April 23
**TOPIC:
Wednesday April 24 TOPIC: 
Thursday April 25NO CLASS 
Friday
April 26
 
TOPIC: 
Monday
April 29
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
April 30
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
May 1
TOPIC: 
Thursday
May 2
NO CLASS  
Friday
May 3
TOPIC: 
Monday
May 6
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
May 7
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
May 8
TOPIC: 
Thursday
May 9
NO CLASS 
Friday
May 10
TOPIC: 
Monday
May 13
TOPIC:   
Tuesday
May 14
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
May 15
TOPIC: 
Thursday
May 16
NO CLASS 
Friday
May 17
TOPIC: 
Monday
May 20
TOPIC: 
Tuesday
May 21
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
May 22
TOPIC:
Thursday
May 23
NO CLASS 
Friday
May 24
TOPIC:
Monday
May 27
MEMORIAL DAY – NO CLASSES
Tuesday
May 28
**TOPIC:
Wednesday
May 29
TOPIC: 
Thursday
May 30
NO CLASS
Friday
May 31
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 1 Exams
1:00 - Period 2 Exams - ECONOMICS
Monday
June 3
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 3 Exams
1:00 - Period 4 Exams - CURRENT EVENTS
Tuesday
June 4
SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS
8:30 - Period 5 Exams -
U.S. HISTORY
1:00 - Period 6 Exams - WORLD CULTURES
Thursday
June 6
GRADUATION DAY