• “There is no life that does not contribute to history”

    Dorothy West

    St. Helena College and Career Academy

    U.S. History   2019-2020

    Mrs. Granger                                                                                  Prep: (A) 4th (B) 5th 

    Rm: A140                                                                                        Ph. (225)222-4402

    Email: dgranger@sthpk-12.net


                    U.S. History Course Description & Requirements:

    This is a survey course that will examine major concepts, themes, and events in U.S. History. The journey of this course starts with the birth of a new nation in 1776 and ends at the dawning of the 21st century. The course is organized chronologically, and we will examine the study of political institutions, social and cultural developments, diplomacy, and economic trends in United States history.

    Besides lectures or PowerPoint presentations on important themes of U. S. history, you are expected to participate in class verbally through discussions of primary documents and events, debates of key issues and possible mock trials. Furthermore, you are expected to continually develop your writing skills through regular short essays, essay exams and maintain a notebook of all class materials. When documents or document packets are given as part of the homework assignment, you must underline or highlight key passages that show point-of-view, or that summarize the gist of the document, or that show bias. The volume of material involved in a survey course of US history is extensive and you can expect to do a lot of reading not only in the text, but also from outside sources and research both in the library and through the internet.

    The requirements for U.S. History students will include writing assignments, split note-taking, Unit Assessments, Fall and Spring Semester Projects, and Student Portfolios. In April all U.S. History students will take the U.S. History End-of-Course Assessment (EOC). This assessment will account for 20% of all American History students final grade.

    The purpose of this course is not to test your ability to memorize facts and dates. Instead, it focuses more on teaching you to understand how people have conceptualized past events and the ways their interpretations guide or influence American society.

    Fall Semester

     Unit 1: Expansion, Reform, Civil War & Reconstruction

     Unit 2: Westward Expansion  (1878-1900)

     Unit 3: Industrialization & Progressive Era (1878-1914)

     Unit 4: United States in World Affairs (1890-1920)

     Unit 5: The Roaring Twenties (1919-1930)

    Spring Semester

    Unit 6: The Great Depression and New Deal (1929-1939)

    Unit 7: World War II (1939-1945)

    Unit 8: Cold War (1945-1991)

    Unit 9: Modern Era (1947-Present Day)


    Grading Scale

    93—100 = A

    85 – 92 = B

    75 – 84 = C

    67 – 74 = D

    0 – 66 = F

    Grading Procedures:

    A =Outstanding achievement

    B = Good achievement

    C =Satisfactory achievement

    D= Minimum achievement

    F =Failure

    I =Incomplete (Must have approval from API for use.)

    Academic Dishonesty

                Cheating is NOT tolerated on any level. The information presented in this class is a small segment of the information you are exposed to in high school to expand your horizon and to give you opportunities to better your life. You do yourself a disservice when you copy someone else’s work. Your grade is a representation of YOUR knowledge of the material. Any cheating not only misrepresents your understanding of subject, but also is a fraudulent claim on you right to earn a high school diploma.

                Cheating is not limited to testing situations. All work assigned as a group is expected to test and develop YOUR understanding of the subject matter. If you are suspected of copying another student’s work, you will be given a 0 on the assignment and the student whose work you were copying will be given a 0-regardless of the point value.

                If you are suspected of cheating on a test, you will be given a 0, your parent will be contacted, and you will be referred to the administration for disciplinary action. If you do not want to be suspected of cheating, avoid any circumstance that may put you in a questionable situation.