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    The Syllabus is below for my classes:

    American History I & II Syllabus

    Southern Lee High School

    Coach Paye

    Telephone: 919-718-2400

    Email: ppaye.sl@lee.k12.nc.us


    Welcome: This course is a NC graduation requirement.


    During this course, students will be able to-

    discover the differences between the Federalist and Democratic-Republican political parties.

    examine why Americans moved to different regions of the country.

    debate on why the country was torn apart by the Civil War and determine how Reconstruction shaped the nation.

    assess how the nation went from an agrarian society into an industrial nation.

    critique the U.S. foreign policy and decide if the U.S. acted in the best interest of the country.

    analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s.

    examine the effects of the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government.

    analyze America’s participation in World War II and explore the economic boom and social transformation of post-World War II America.

    evaluate the United States’ foreign policy since World War II and consider how the implementation of federal civil rights and voting rights impacted the country.

    analyze the major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society.


    Essential Standards and Common Core Goals:

    AH1.H.1-Apply the four interconnected dimensions of historical thinking to the United States History Essential Standards in

    order to understand the creation and development of the United States over time.

    AH1.H.2-Analyze key political, economic and social turning points in United States History using historical thinking.

    AH1.H.3-Understand the factors that led to exploration, settlement, movement, and expansion and their impact on United

    States development over time.

    AH1.H.4-Analyze how conflict and compromise have shaped politics, economics and culture in the United States.

    AH1.H.5-Understand how tensions between freedom, equality and power have shaped the political, economic and social

    development of the United States.

    AH1.H.6-Understand how and why the role of the United States in the world has changed overtime.

    AH1.H.7-Understand the impact of war on American politics, economics, society, and culture.

    AH1.H. 8-Analyze the relationship between progress, crisis and the “American Dream” within the United States.


    Course Requirements:


    Textbooks: A classroom set is available of American Anthem


    Notebooks: Each student will need a three ring binder notebook to keep all notes and important papers properly organized. Textbooks and other outside reading materials will also be used. Those who fail to read, take notes, and keep organized will likely struggle with the class. All students should keep their notebooks organized. Notebooks are checked at interim and graded at the end of each nine weeks. Notebooks will be turned in at the end of the semester.



    Homework will be assigned on a regular basis. If homework is assigned, please be prepared for a possible quiz or assignment on the same information on the following day. Please check my web page for homework assignments. Not following directions on class work and homework will result in the student not being able to use their work on open note quizzes.



    There will be several tests and quizzes given throughout the year including a Final Exam. All tests will be collected and kept by the teacher.



    Projects will be assigned throughout the course. A rubric will be given to the student for each project. All projects will be counted as a test grade. Certain projects will be counted as a test grade. Teacher will inform students on how projects will be weighted.


    Writing: Writing assignments are given throughout the course. Writing will be graded for historical accuracy and being