United States History 1 – Course Syllabus



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United States History 1 – Course Syllabus

Ms. Morris Mr. Liberto

E-mail: CMorris@pway.org jliberto@pway.org




Course Description:

United States History 1 is a 5 credit, full-year course fulfilling the United States History 1 graduation requirement. The course covers the American Experience from the age of exploration to the turn of the twentieth century. Students will learn about the Native American, African-American, and immigrant experience throughout this time period as well as allow students the opportunity to learn about the nation’s quest for independence and the formation of our Constitution.

Materials Needed:

  • A notebook, and a three-ring binder or folder.

  • Pen (blue or black) or pencil at all times.

Classroom Expectations:




  • Complete all assigned work ON TIME. Extenuating circumstances will be dealt with individually.

  • Please refer to the Piscataway High School Student Handbook and the Code of Student Conduct for specific rules and expectations related to district attendance policy, policy on cuts and lateness to class, cheating, plagiarism, and the use of electronic devices.

Grade Distribution:

Your marking period grade will be based on earning points using a point system. The total number of points possible for each marking period grade is divided by the total number of points earned.
A.) Homework and Class work

  1. Assignments may vary in points possible and type of assignment.

  2. Late homework will not earn credit.

  3. This grade will be based on effort and quality. Completing an assignment does not guarantee full credit.

B.) Assessments

  1. Tests, quizzes, essays and projects vary in points.

  2. A rubric will be given out with the requirements for each project & essay.




Grading Policy:

In accordance with school policy, the following grade distribution will be used to calculate the final grade for this course:
22% - First Marking Period

22% - Second Marking Period

22% - Third Marking Period

22% - Fourth Marking Period

12% - Final Examination









  • Homework: If the HW assignment is collected, you can hand it in 1 day late for ½ half credit. If the assignment is checked at the beginning of class no late HW is accepted.

  • Classwork: Class work is meant for just that, class – no late class work will be accepted.

  • Tests/Quizzes: You have one week from the time a test or quiz is administered to make up the test. If you have not made the effort to make up the test/quiz before, during, or after school IT WILL BE A ZERO.

  • **Side note** If you have a pass to see your counselor or are asked by another teacher to stop by their room during my class time you must come and see me first

Course Schedule: Scope and Sequence


Approximate Time Frame

Topics/Skills/Areas of Study

September/October – Marking Period 1

Unit 1: American Beginnings to 1783 (Chapters 1-3)

  • Three Worlds Meet, 1200 B.C. – A.D. 1500

  • The American Colonies Emerge, 1492-1681

  • The Colonies Come of Age, 1650-1765

Skills:

November/December/

January –

Marking Period 2


Unit 2: A New Nation (Chapters 4-6)

  • The War for Independence, 1765-1783

  • Shaping a New Nation, 1781-1788

  • Launching the New Nation, 1789-1816

Skills include:

  • Document Based analysis; Free Response Essays

  • The Constitution in action: skills builders on how to interpret the document

  • Essay writing connected to the American Revolution- loyalist vs. patriot







February/March/April –

End of Marking Period 2 Start of Marking Period 3




Unit 3: Growth and Change (Chapters 7-10)

  • Balancing Nationalism and Sectionalism, 1815-1840

  • Reforming American Society, 1820-1850

  • Expanding Markets and Moving West, 1825-1847

  • The Union in Peril, 1850-1861

Skills include:

  • Document based analysis

  • Humanities Assessment: Research Paper

  • Research project dealing with reformers and their movements

March/April –

End of Marking Period 3

Start of Marking Period 4


Unit 4: Disunion and Reunification (Chapters 11-12)



Skills include:

  • Document based analysis

  • Focus on the Civil Rights Amendments of Reconstruction

May/June –

Marking Period 4



Unit 5: Migration and Industrialization (Chapters 13-15)

  • Changes in the Western Frontier, 1877-1900

  • A New Industrial Age, 1877-1900

  • Immigrants and Urbanization, 1877-1914

Skills include:

  • Document based analysis; Free Response Essays

  • Student created political cartoons related to immigration and American policy towards Native Americans

End of June –

Final Examination



The Final exam will cover

  • Units 3-5/Chapters 7-15


Some other important things:

  • RESPECT YOUR FELLOW CLASSMATES AND YOUR TEACHERS – WE ARE HERE TO HELP!




  • BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS OPINIONS ON MATTERS & topics discussed in class.




  • FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GIVEN.




  • RAISE YOUR HAND IN ORDER TO SPEAK & REMAIN IN YOUR SEAT UNLESS OTHERWISE GIVEN PERMISSION.




  • BE PREPARED FOR CLASS EVERYDAY WITH A WRITING UTENSIL AND NOTEBOOK.


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