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U.S. History

Important Class Files: Pacing Guide U.S. History Syllabus

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Weekly Work and Information

Week 1 - Aug. 21-24

Reconstruction and African American History – A textbook perspective.

Texts:  America: A Narrative History Ch. 16.  Read 700-719; 719 to 741

Civil War Review and Introduction to Reconstruction

Reading Check Chapter 16 – Page 700-719 Name _______________________ 10pts

Week 2 August 28-31

Monday/Tuesday  Aug.28/29

We will be writing a 2-3 page reaction to the successes/failures of Reconstruction. The essay will be started in class using your thesis statement from your homework.

Essays will be shared with me on GoogleDocs and you will have the opportunity to revise.

Homework will be to read pages 749-771 and complete the Spider Web Organizer.


Week 3 Sept. 5-7

24 Hour News Cycle – How news can create history.  Your group of 4 will brainstorm and prepare a 5-minute news story on an assigned topic.

Homework – Read pages 771-795.  Take notes on section headings (Republicans and Big Business, Organized Labor, strikes, violence, etc.)

Week 4 Sept. 11-14

We will be focusing on two aspects of The New South and The New West.  Chapter 17.

We will be focusing on major issues during this period (1865-1900)
1. The failings of the New South
a. Southern Poverty
b. The Crop-Lien System
c. Falling Cotton prices.
2. Race Relations during the 1890s
a. Disfranchising of African Americans
b. The Spread of Segretation
c. Mob Rule in North Carolina
3. The Black Response
a. Ida B. Wells
b. Booker T. Washington
c. W.E.B. DuBois

We will be working with two speeches (one each by DuBois and Washington) and create a Structured Academic Controversy where will answer the following question: What leaders thinking was more conducive to progress for African Americans at that time and place.

A short, one-page reaction will be due by the end of the week.

booker t washington

The Talented Tenth

Washington and DuBois

A 1-2 page paper responding to Washington and DuBois will be assigned.  It is due Sept. 15th.  The Thursday class will begin writing the paper in class on Sept. 14th.

Black Response

Bonus Credit – 5 bonus credit points will be offered for designing a plan representing the best of Washington’s and DuBois’ strategies for change.  dubois washington bonus answer

The Indian Question –

After Reconstruction ended attention focused on Westward expansion.  Settlers began moving west for greater opportunities.  This created conflict when settlers began moving onto lands reserved for Native Americans.

Two major events occurred during this time period (1865-1890).

  1. The Sand Creek Massacre
  2. Battle of Little Bighorn.

We will be looking at these events as well as begin work on a group project to correct some of the bias often found in US History textbooks.

Classwork and Homework will be as follows:

  1. Analysis of the Battle of Little Bighorn from the perspective of a US History textbook. Battle of Little Bighorn1
  2. The Dawes Act dawes act
  3. (Group Project due 9/25 – 9/26) The Indian Question – Class group project

Week 6 Sept. 25-28

The Gilded Age – The period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the 20th century was noted for the widening social, economic, and political gap.  This week we will be covering Chapter 19 (page 846-893).

To assist in your reading you will be asked to complete the following outline for Chapter 19.  Skill:  Skim for understanding.  Find the essential idea for each heading in the outline.

For example:

Political Culture in the Gilded Age: a corrupt era with a high level of public participation in politics and conflict between city and  country. CHAPTER 19 OUTLINE

Answer at least three (3) questions at the end of the outline.

Video of the Gilded Age and worksheet


Worksheet: Gilded Age Video Response

Week 7 Oct. 2-5

We are beginning chapter 20 – the U.S. becomes and imperialist nation.

Outline Chapter 20 – and answer the 2-paragraph response for Wednesday/Thursday class. Chapter 20 outline

We will also be working on the poem by Rudyard Kipling – White Man’s Burden in addition to political cartoons of the era.

U.S. in the Philippines Timeline

Philippine-American War Political Cartoon Graphic Organizer_0

Philippine-American War Political Cartoon (2)


Week 8 Oct. 9-12

Midterm Paper –  Based on your notes and knowledge of the period of US history between 1865 and 1900, what event was a major turning point in our history?  What event developed America’s sense of accomplishment, identity and importance as a nation coming into its own after the Civil War.

The paper is 3-5 pages, MLA format.  In text citations required.  Submit by Google Docs.

The paper is due Friday, Oct. 13th at 4pm.  It is worth 100 points.  Turning points in 19th Century American History 1865

Week 9 Oct. 16-19

Monday/Tuesday –

The Progressive Era – We will be working with photographs by Jacob Riis who was considered a ‘muckraker’ journalist.  He identified problems with the living conditions in New York in the 1890.  Classwork – 5 points.

Notes from Chapter 21 – Only take notes from the bolded sections from the chapter outline.  2 paragraph response on the Progressive Era. Progressive Ch. 21 outline

Due Wednesday/Thursday.  See calendar

Wednesday/Thursday – America and the Great War –  We briefly discuss America’s involvement in The Great War (WWI).  Adding Woodrow Wilson and his highly moralistic, self-righteous determination and how we entered the war, America would largely come to view WWI as a defining event of the early twentieth century.

Class assignment:  You will be working in groups to prepare a brief presentation about the following aspects of our involvement:

  1. Uneasy Neutrality
  2. Mobilization a nation
  3. America’s Role in the War
  4. Politics of Peace
  5. From War to Peace

20 Points. WWI 4 minute speeches

Week 10 Oct. 23-26

WWI Presentations – Your group will be presenting a brief/flash presentation on the section you are covering.

  1. An uneasy neutrality
  2. Mobilizing a Nation
  3. The American Role in the War
  4. The Politics of Peace
  5. Stumbling from War to Peace

For almost three years, President Wilson maintained America’s stance of neutrality.  We will be looking at how we moved from neutrality to war and its effects on shaping America’s role as a dominant world power.

WWI 4 minute speeches – This is the rubic for the presentations and 4 minute speeches.

20 pts World War I – Response – Answer these 5 questions using the class presentations as your sources. A bonus questions is on the back sheet.

Wednesday/Thursday Oct. 25/26 –

Mexican Immigration in the 1920s.  Class reading and Guided Questions. There will be no homework for this however you will be expected to follow a guided reading of primary sources to determine the following: What evidence did the documents provide that Mexicans were or were not welcome in the 1920s in America?

Mexicans in U.S. 1920s Original Documents (1)  [primary sources]

Mexicans in U.S. 1920s Student Materials [this has the shortened primary sources class reading  and the guided questions]

Mexicans in the U.S. 1920s (1) [powerpoint]

Homework – Chapter 23 – A Clash of Cultures – America in the period between 1920 and 1929.  This era was an era of rapid consumerism, youthful population, mass entertainment (movies and radio), jazz, and modernism (art).   You can look at the videos from Chapter 23 to help you answer the 2-paragraph response for Chapter 23. 

Make sure you open the Chapter 23 videos and watch the videos.  They basically follow the outline.

Chapter 23 Outline and response

Outline and response due next week (Monday or Tuesday depending on when your class meets).

Take Home Assessment – due 10/30 – 10/31 – Mexican Immigration 1920s – This is basically what we did in class with the primary sources.  Do the same with these two short newspaper excerpts.

Mexican Immigration 1920s HAT_0


Week 11 Oct. 30 - Nov. 2

Chapter 23 Outline and 2-Paragraph response.  The rise of Modernism and the Jazz Age.

Week 12 Nov. 6-9

Origins of the Great Depression.

From Progressivism to Prosperity – There was a move away from Progressive policies to more prosperity in the 1920s.  The 18th and 19th Amendments were passed.  Warren G. Harding is elected, dies in office and Calvin Coolidge takes office.  Decides not to run for another term.  Herbert Hoover becomes president.

We will be working on creating a game based on actual events leading up to and concluding with the Great Depression. You will be responsible for researching facts about the Great Depression, its causes and effects.

Progressive to Progress  powerpoint about the Great Depression


Week 13. Nov. 13-16

Monday/Tuesday – We will be playing our board games based on the Great Depression.

Wednesday/Thursday – The Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl refers to the drought-stricken Southern Plains region of the United States, which suffered severe dust storms during a dry period in the 1930s. As high winds and choking dust swept the region from Texas to Nebraska, people and livestock were killed and crops failed across the entire region. The Dust Bowl intensified the crushing economic impacts of the Great Depression and drove many farming families on a desperate migration in search of work and better living conditions.  [].

Wednesday/Thursday: We will be watching a video documentary about the Dust Bowl – Q/A to follow.  You will be taking video notes on a graphic organizer.  The video notes will be turned in after class.

Week 14 Nov. 20-21

The New Deal –

After Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected in 1932 he advances major legislation to address the issues created by the stock market collapse and the Great Depression.  Roosevelt’s New Deal attempted to fix these issues often measured by his first 100 days in office.  We will be reviewing terms from your text book on page 1149 and writing a narrative based on images from the Great Depression.

Write down the key terms on page 1149.  Review the images from the powerpoint. New Deal and Photography analysis and write down what you observe from the images on this sheet analyze photographs and narrative .  The narrative can be in first person. You must incorporate at least 5 terms into your narrative.

Week 15 Nov. 27-30

Final Project – We will be creating a US History concept web to be displayed in the hallway.  There will not be a final exam, however, you will be required to create 20 index cards researching events from Reconstruction to The Great Depression.  These index cards will  be used on an Instagram template to create the web.  Ample class time will be available to create the cards and the Instagram templates. US History Final Project – Concept Web

us concept map

Use this template for the Instagram. Instagram Template 6


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