U.S. History




U.S. History

Course Introduction

This U.S. History course is designed for students who are serious about preparing to attend a college or university after graduation. This course will chart the progression of events in sequence that led to the development of the modern United States. This course strictly adheres to the guidelines as outlined in the California State Framework and assumes that students have met all previous standards in Social Studies and English. The intent is to provide students with an understanding of contemporary events that will give them the necessary background information to make informed decisions as participants in the democratic process. During the course of the studies in this class, students will be required to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding that they are acquiring.

Course Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in retaining and analyzing the historical knowledge outlined by the State History-Social Science Standards for 11th Grade.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in writing skills applicable to the study of history at the level proscribed by the State English Standards for 11th Grade.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in informational literacy and technology skills to include research skills, word processing and presentation software.

Mandated Educational Standards

Click on a link below to open up each set of standards in PDF format.

Semester One

Units Covered: Click on the menu items to the left to see the unit plans.

  • Unit I 
  • Unit II 
  • Unit III 
  • Unit IV 
  • Unit V 

Semester Two

Units Covered: Click on the menu items to the left to see the unit plans.

  • Unit VI 
  • Unit VII 
  • Unit VIII
  • Unit IX 
  • Unit X 


  1. Daily in-class work and homework in the form of individual and group work that will culminate in an average of 5 assignments a week. Homework will “average” about 2 assignments a week.
  2. Frequent quizzes of material covered.
  3. Research papers
  4. Unit tests
  5. Long term projects


Semester 2: Modern Issues Research Project

In groups, students will develop a presentation on an issue facing the modern world.

Online Forum:

            I use an online forum for further discussion of classroom topics and current events. Students must sign up for the forum linked on the website during the first week of class. Students must make at least 20 posts per quarter with at least 2 per week. These posts can be in the form of questions, answers to questions and at least the posting of or commenting on 1 current event per week. The current event should include a weblink to the news article and a short synopsis of it. Posts will be totaled and points assigned one week before the end of the grading period. A maximum of 2 posts will be counted in the week prior to grading. The purpose of the forum is for ongoing relevant discussion throughout the semester.

User Account Format: First Name Last Name  Example: Joe Smith

Email Account: The supplied email account must be a Gmail account, either the one issued by the school or a privately created one.

Forum Verification Code: see syllabus for code

Materials Needed:

These materials will be required for participation in this course and the student must have them by the end of the first week of class. They will then be required to bring them to class every day.

  • Textbook
  • 1 three-ring binder
  • A standard size notebook (not the spiral type)
  • Pencils and pens (standard blue or black ink only)

*For students who are lacking in funds, some of the materials can be provided on a case-by-case basis. Materials will also be made available for purchase in class with funds going to the upkeep for the computer lab.


Grading will be based upon an objective point system. I do not give grades. You earn them.

Tests & Quizzes   








A= 100-90%

B=  89-80%

C=  79-70%

D=  69-60%

F=   59% and below

Grades are posted and displayed on the web through IlluminateEd.


Late Assignments:

Late assignments will NOT be accepted, unless due to absence. If a student misses an assignment due to absence, they will have the time allowed for the assignment starting from the day they receive it, after that it will not be accepted. It is the responsibility of the student to get the work missed on the next day of attendance. Make up work at the end of the grading period for missed assignments will not be allowed for credit.


Plagiarism is defined as the use of someone else’s ideas or work without following fair use guidelines, proper citations, or obtaining permission. Plagiarism is a crime and any student caught plagiarizing material for any class project will receive an automatic F for the project. Repeat offenders will be referred to the administration for expulsion proceedings.

Extra Credit:

I allow an opportunity for students to earn a maximum of 50 points of extra credit per semester. To be eligible for this they must first complete any missing assignments. Students will receive no credit other than an acknowledgement of completion for the purpose of eligibility for pursuing extra credit. The students then must fill out an extra credit work submission form and submit it to me for approval prior to beginning the project. I will assign it a possible point value based upon its level of difficulty. It is the responsibility of the student to decide upon a project, the more challenging the project, the more credit they can receive. Projects must be received two weeks prior to the end of the next grading period to count in that grading period.

 Extra Credit Form


Behavior Standards: 

  1. Be respectful to everyone.
  2. No swearing or put downs
  3. No electronic devices are to be used during class time. I see it I take it.
  4. No grooming is allowed.
  5. The teacher’s area is off limits.
  6. The teacher, not the bell, will dismiss students at the end of class.
  7. No one leaves until the classroom is clean and orderly.
  8. No food, drink, or gum allowed in class. (Except water)
  9. No hats, bandanas, etc. are to be worn in class.
  10.  You make a mess, you clean it up.

Computer Lab rules:

My classroom is equipped with a computer lab for student research and projects. The lab is intended to enhance students’ abilities in technology and is incorporated into the various classroom projects that I utilize. Since I built the lab myself and am therefore responsible for all maintenance, it is important to maintain its abilities and make the lab available for all students use. The following rules are designed to promote this goal.

  1. The Internet is for school related research and projects only.
  2. Each student must use their log on account and log off when finished.
  3. No abuse of the computers (hacking, cracking, slapping, etc.)
  4. You may not print more than 4 pages per person without permission.
  5. Printing of pictures is done with permission only. (It costs me personally $25 for each ink cartridge.)