US History

US History

This course provides a chronological and thematic survey of the social, political, cultural, economic, and intellectual developments that have shaped the United States from the Civil War to the Modern Era.


·         Quizzes/ Tests: 50%

·         Homework/Class Assignments: 50%

Participation & Citizenship:  Points will be allotted to the homework category for being engaged in classroom activities and discussions.  Students may earn participation points by answering questions posed during lectures, when reviewing homework, presenting info to the class, or by playing and winning the review quiz game.  Students receive 1 point for answering a question, – and are expected to earn 20 points every 2 units.  Participation also includes actively engaging in learning, attending classes regularly, making attempts to complete assigned tasks, exhibiting positive classroom behaviors, being courteous, and abiding by all reasonable requests by the teacher.  Points may be deducted for excessive phone use, excessive chatting, sleeping, frequently being away from their assigned seat, acting in any way that is detrimental to the learning environment, and failing to abide by reasonable requests made by the by the teacher. 

Late work:  Late work will be accepted that is from the unit we are currently studying and will count for half credit maximum.  Make sure you get your work finished on time!

Skyward Student Access:  Grades will be posted online via skyward – my expectation is that you will keep up to date on your grade in class.  Additionally, assignments will be posted in pdf format to download in the event of an absence.

Behavioral Expectations: All students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions.  To achieve this, students are expected to be courteous and abide by all district, school, and classroom rules.  Additionally, students should raise their hand to talk, not speak over other people, maintain silence during classroom reading time, keep their hands to themselves, properly dispose of any refuse, ask for permission to leave for a water/bathroom break, and comply with all reasonable requests by the teacher.

Cell Phones/electronic devices: Students may only use their cell phones or other electronic devices in a manner consistent with the learning environment when the time is appropriate e.g.: a student is finished with their work and would like to briefly check skyward for their current grade or for missing assignments.  They are prohibited from being used at any time during a group lessons or lectures.  Texting, social media, or any form of electronic communicating with other students is a distraction to learning and is prohibited unless specifically stated.  Games are not allowed to be played on electronic devices at any time.  Music may be listened to only when students are working independently and silently, and only if they are able to balance it with their studies and are listening to it without distracting others.  Students who do not comply with these rules will receive a participation grade reduction and have their electronic devices confiscated for the duration of the learning day.  Parents – in order to maintain a learning environment free from distractions, please do not text your son or daughter during class hours – this is often used as an excuse by students to text other people.  If you need to contact your son or daughter, please contact the main office at (360) 582-3600 and a message will be relayed to the student.







Discipline Plan

A.     Classroom Rules and Expectations:

·         Class will begin on time.  Students who are not in class and ready to begin when class starts will be marked tardy.

·         Students should be prepared, always bring supplies including books, paper, pen/pencil, notebook, and assignments.

·         Students are expected to attempt all assignments.

·         Students are expected to be accountable for their own actions.

·         Students are expected to be responsible.

·         Students should treat others as they would like to be treated.

B.      Consequences:

·         Verbal warning, request to change behavior

·         Loss of daily participation points

·         Change in seating arrangement, family contact

·         Removal from class, family notification, lunch detention

·         Serious classroom disruptions will result in immediate referral to the office


The following units will be covered in this class:


Semester 1

Chapter 11 - Reconstruction

Chapter 12 – Change and Conflict in the American West

Chapter 13 – The Age of Innovation and Industry

Chapter 14 – Labor’s Response to Industrialism

Chapter 15 – Through Ellis Island and Angel Island:  The Immigrant Experience

Chapter 16 – Uncovering Problems at the Turn of the Century

Chapter 17 – The Progressives Respond

Chapter 18 – Progressivism on the National Stage

Chapter 19 – Foreign Policy: Setting a Course of Expansionism

Chapter 20 – The Spanish-American War

Chapter 21 – Acquiring and Managing Global Power

Chapter 22 – From Neutrality to War

Chapter 23 – The Course and Conduct of World War I

Chapter 24 – The Home Front

Chapter 25 – The Treaty of Versailles: To Ratify or Reject


Semester 2

Chapter 26 – Understanding Postwar Tensions

Chapter 27 – The Politics of Normalcy

Chapter 28 – Popular Culture in the Roaring 20s

Chapter 29 – The Clash Between Traditionalism and Modernism

Chapter 30 – The Causes of the Great Depression

Chapter 31 – The Response to the Economic Collapse

Chapter 32 – The Human Impact of the Great Depression

Chapter 33 – The New Deal and Its Legacy

Chapter 34 – Origins of WWII

Chapter 35 – The Impact of WWI on Americans

Chapter 36 – Fighting WWII

Chapter 37 – The Aftermath of WWII

Chapter 38 – Origins of the Cold War

Chapter 39 – The Cold War Expands    

Chapter 40 – Fighting the Cold War at Home

Survey 60s-90s