United States History I (1763-1877)
Malden High School
Academic Year 2013-2014
Course Syllabus
Room Br484
Before/after school office hours:­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
7:30-2:45 Monday-Thursday
*You may also schedule any additional time before or after school in advance.

Course Description:
In United States History I, students examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States developed from Western Europe through the Revolutionary and Early Republic eras. Students study the framework of American Democracy; analyze key documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the basic concepts of the American Government. The course then traces America’s westward expansion, the establishment of political parties, economic and social change, sectional conflicts, the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Community Service Learning:
As a part of the United States History I curriculum, students will engage in a Community Service Learning project in the 2nd (Spring) semester of the school year. In collaboration with the nonprofit organization, Generation Citizen, students will discover, research, plan, and implement a project with assistance from college mentors. The goal of this curriculum piece is to help foster civic participation. In doing so, students will become skilled in the areas of democracy, governmental process, public policy, advocacy, and action. The project is closely aligned with the content of the USI curriculum and will be an integral part of the student’s assessment and final grade,

In preparing you for a 21st century society, we will incorporate technology-rich lessons into the curriculum. You will have the opportunity to work with school laptops and computer labs and will learn many Web 2.0 tools. In addition, you may have the opportunity to work with a virtual notebook and experience a digital classroom. More information on this will be provided in the future. As always, the school-wide Acceptable Use Policy should be followed at all times and technology should only be used for school-related assignments.

Binder: one 2 inch, 3 ring
Pens: blue or black, and one red
Suggested: Small Flash Drive
Text: American Anthem

Distribution of quarterly grading components:
Chapter Tests and Major Projects: 35%
Section Quizzes, Minor Projects and Minor Writing Assignments: 15%
Daily Homework: 15%
Daily Pair/Share Grade, Preparedness, Class work and Binders: 35%
Make-Up Work Policy:
Late Work: Students are expected to hand in all work on the day it is due. The most you can earn from handing in late work is a 3 (75%). This includes major and minor projects.
Absent Work: If you were absent, you have until the next school day to make it up.
All Work: I will NOT accept any make-up work for a chapter any later than the scheduled date of the Chapter Test. This is because homework and class work are used to practice a skill, learn a concept or assess what you know about a concept. If you do the work after a test, you will not be able to get misinformation cleared up before you take the test.

Grading Scale 0-4 for Daily Class Work/Homework/etc.

4 (100%)

Demonstrates an exceptional level of quality and effort. Work is completed to exceed expectations. Mastery in applying the concepts (or principles).



Demonstrates proficient knowledge with a good effort and quality of work. Assignment is complete. Demonstrates the ability to apply the concepts (or principles).



Demonstrates proficient knowledge and the ability to apply concepts (or principles). Work shows average effort.



Work shows minimal effort. Demonstrates a basic or surface understanding of recalling or comprehending concepts (or principles).



Understanding is below basic in relation to understanding concepts (or principles). Work is of poor quality and does not meet standards or expectations.

Key Topics and Pacing Quarter 1

Key Topics

Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
The American Colonies
Political Life in the colonies
Colonial Economy

America’s Emerging

French and Indian War
The United States Constitution



Bill of Rights
Reforms of the 19th Century

New Movement in America

Early Immigration and Urban Reform

Women and Reform

Fighting Against Slavery
The Civil War

Preparing for War

Fighting Erupts

War behind the Lines

The War Continues

Final Phase
The Revolutionary Era

Road to Revolution

Politics in the colonies

Declaration of Independence

Revolutionary War and American Victory
The New Republic

Washington Becomes President

Challenges of the 1790s

Jefferson’s Presidency

War of 1812
Manifest Destiny

Westward Migration

Texas Independence

Mexican American War

Plans for Reconstruction

What was implemented

Creating a New Government

Articles of Confederation

Drafting the Constitution

Ratifying the Constitution

Constitution of the United States
From Nationalism to Sectionalism

Rise of Nationalism
Age of Jackson

Industrial North

Land of Cotton
Nation Splits Apart - Secession

Politics of Slavery

Sectional Conflicts and National Politics

Lincoln’s Path to the White House

South Secedes
An Industrial Nation

Economic impact of Civil War

American West

Midterm Exam

Final Exam Preparation

Classroom Expectations

-Respect all people, including themselves, and all property, including their own, at all times.

-Come prepared to class every day with your binder, pens or pencils, your homework, your textbook and anything else needed for the day.

You may not go to your locker during class so make sure to bring everything you need when you arrive.

Using the restroom should happen at appropriate times. Only one student may leave the room at a time. Never interrupt a teacher or other student to ask unless it’s an emergency.

No use of electronics unless instructed by the teacher. You will have ample opportunity to use technology so please do not abuse your cell phone, iPods, etc.

You may not charge any of your electronic devices in my classroom during school

This is a “can’t free” zone. You must try everything (even if it seems too difficult). You will benefit in the long run!

No food is allowed in the classroom. You may chew gum as long as I don’t hear it, see it, or smell it!