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    US History 1 & 2                                                             

    Course Description:                                                                                 

    This course seeks to offer insight into the history of America. Through historical research students will explore the emergence of our identifiable American character and analyze the events and issues that led to America’s coming of age. American History is aligned with Arizona College and Career Ready Standards and/or national content standards and supports school-wide efforts to increase student achievement.


    Course Objectives:

    By the time the student completes this course of study; the student will know or be able to perform the following:

    1. Use research skills to interpret historical data.
    2. Describe Prehistoric Cultures of the North American Continent.
    3. Explain the causes and effects of European exploration and colonization of America.
    4. Examine the economic, political and social effects of the American Revolution.
    5. Trace the geographic, political, social and economic transformations as a result of Westward Expansion.
    6. Analyze the causes and immediate and long term effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
    7. Describe the various ways that United States emerged as a modern nation in the 19th century.
    8. Explain the causes and consequences of the Great Depression and American involvement in World War II.
    9. Examine American foreign and domestic policies before and after World War II.
    1. Compare and contrast historical happenings to contemporary events.


    The students will be utilizing the AZ Career and College Ready Standards below:

    • 11‐RH.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
    • 11‐RH.2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
    • 11‐RH.3. Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
    • 11‐RH.6. Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
    • 11‐RH.7. Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
    • 11‐RH.9. Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
    • 11‐WHST.1 Write arguments focused on discipline‐specific content
    • 11‐WHST.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    • 11‐WHST.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
    • 11‐WHST.9. Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


    Classroom Rules and Consequences:

    In order to maintain an excellent learning environment, students will be expected to adhere to the following:

    • Respect Others. “Others includes fellow students, the teacher, substitutes, guests, and everyone. Respect them in your attitude, language, and interaction.
    • Be prepared. Students will come to class on time and have all the required materials including their I-pad, pens/pencils, paper, and completed homework.
    • Respect the classroom. No food, drinks, or gum is allowed in the classroom. Water is acceptable.
    • Follow the school rules. All school rules as laid out in the handbook will be enforced. This includes no cell phones in class.
    • Use appropriate language and behavior. Cussing, bullying, and obscene gestures are unacceptable.
    • Be polite. Raising your hand to speak or to get out of your seat.

    Consequences for not following the above guidelines may include any and all of the following:

    • A warning
    • Being sent to a buddy teacher
    • Parental contact
    • Detention before or after school
    • Immediate removal from the classroom
    • Referral to the office

    With the exception of extreme behaviors that warrant immediate response, it is my policy to warn students first and discuss their behavior before assigning consequences. Integrity and Character Counts: Integrity is vital to the learning environment. Cases of cheating and plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the MRHS student handbook. While there are many different ways to cheat or plagiarize, please be aware that activities such as sharing material, copying work, and posting information on a website are considered cheating. Students who choose to cheat and/or plagiarize will receive no credit for that work and will face further consequences as outlined in the student handbook.



    The work students will do is divided into four categories.  The description below shows the categories and the percentage weight assigned to each in calculating the semester grade.

    "18 Week Grade": 80%

    1. Assessments- 60% 
    1. Assignments- 40%

    Final Exam Grade

    1. Objective- 50%

    2. Written- 50%

    Extra Credit:

    There will be no extra credit offered for this class.

    Report Cards

    In an effort to conserve resources and harness the capacity of our electronic grade reporting program (PowerSchool) district schools will no longer print hard copies of report cards unless requested by individual parents. To request a hard copy of your student’s report card, please contact the front office at 623-376-3000.  To receive your PowerSchool login, please stop into the office with a valid photo ID.


    Power School Online Access:

    Grades and attendance may be accessed 24 hours a day online with your Power School access code.  Access codes are available in the Counseling Office or Front Desk Monday – Friday 7:00 AM– 3:30 PM of your home school. You may check student progress regularly on the PowerSchool site using the same login for one or more students.  


    Make up Policy:

    If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to get the work they missed either by looking on Canvas, talking to the teacher, or asking a friend. If a student fails to complete the makeup work, then the missing work will result in a zero.



    After an absencea student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/tests, regardless of the number of days absent. If many days were missed, please schedule an appointment with me to formulate a plan for the completion of make-up work. Students may miss two days. On the 3rd absence, the student is in danger of being dropped.

    Cell Phone Policy:

    As this is an accelerated class, cell phone use is not tolerated. Falling behind due to persistent cell phone use will create an environment for the student that is difficult to makeup. Please wait to respond to messages, check social media etc. during the designated break time. 

     Recommended Supplies for this Course:

    1. One, three subject notebook with folders or one, one inch binder to use exclusively in American/AZ History
    2. Lined paper
    3. Blue or black pens
    4. Pencils, mechanical or wooden
    5. Highlighters




    McGraw Hill, United States History and Geography- Student's Edition Grades 9-12 2015


    Secondary Readings

    Various primary and academic secondary sources will be used to supplement the textbook.


    Video Viewing: Throughout the year, the following movies and video clips may be shown to enhance the curriculum:

    • School House Rock
    • John Adams (HBO TV-14)
    • Western Expansion (History.com)
    • Civil War (History.com)
    • WWI and WWII (History.com)
    • Civil War (History.com)
    • The Dust Bowl (PBS)
    • 20th Century Video Series
    • Unbroken (PG-13)
    • Attack on Pearl Harbor DVD Set
    • Chronicles of Narnia (PG)
    • Tuskegee Airmen (History.com)
    • The Time of Fear Documentary
    • National Geographic: Midway
    • Ultimate Collections: WWII (History Channel)
    • Jaws (PG)
    • The Hiding Place: Corrie Tenboom
    • Nuremburg: Nazi Trials (PBS)
    • Selma (PG-13)
    • Eyes on the Prize: Civil Rights (PBS)
    • The Help (PG-13)
    • A Time for Justice
    • The Butler (PG-13)
    • Tora, Tora, Tora
    • Apollo 13 (PG)
    • Remember the Titans (PG)
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Lincoln (PG-13)
    • Gone With the Wind
    • Ken Burns: Civil War Documentary
    • Miracle (PG)
    • The Longest Day (G)

    ** Additional relevant instructional ancillary videos/clips may be utilized in class