American History, 1865-Present, 2019-2020 Mrs. Morrow   rebekkahmorrow@mooreschools.com

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     “If you expect a nation that is free and ignorant, you expect something that never has been nor ever will be.”  Thomas Jefferson

     “History is the continual stenographer of time.” Elie Wiesel

    Course Description:

    This United States History Course (1865-present day) is guided by the Oklahoma Academic Standards for US History.  Students will develop critical thinking, analysis, and literacy skills using American History knowledge.  Emphasis will be placed on life-long citizenship skills and the story of who we are.  History is more than a date so students will experience the music, art, literature, poetry, sacrifices and triumphs of the American story.  Students will be ask to articulate their knowledge individually and in groups through oral, written and other creative opportunities and to identify their contribution to our society and those that have gone before them.


    Classroom Setting:

    In this classroom everyone has the opportunity to learn and is part of the process.  Respecting the process is reflected in how we conduct ourselves as a community (classroom) of active learners, listening to each other, respecting-although we might not agree with each other, no put downs, supporting the collaborative process of learning and articulating what we learn or reflect upon.  Reading, doing the assignments, being an active learner and building each other up are reflective of respecting the learning process.

    The classroom is a microcosm of the world.  If we want a better world, it begins with each of us with our manners, our treatment of each other, here and now, our respect for learning and each other, as well as ourselves. 


    Students are expected to:

           BE PRESENT!!  Attendance is very important.

           Be in their seat when the bell rings-not dashing over classmates to get there.

           Be ready with pen, paper, and materials assigned for the class that day.

           IF YOUR cell phone is out, it should be turned off, and turned over in the top left front of your space.  The first infraction is detention, second is office. 

          Raise your hand to speak, or use the sign.  Do not get out of your seat randomly. 

         No Food or drinks (exception water)in classroom.

         Do not line up at the end of class.  This is a safety issue.  Teachers dismiss classes, not bells. 

          Let me know if you have any comments or questions. Communicatewith me. Let me know when you need something.  I will work with you.  I believe in you and what you can accomplish.

           Keep a Notebook and have writing materials.  Notebooks will be graded.  Keep up with materials given for notebooks.  Follow guidelines for notebooks.  EASY GRADE!

    Let me know if you have questions, communicate with me.  Learn from each other, the materials presented.  Learning begins with you.

    You are the catalystin the process of learning!    


    Consequences to learning distractions

    1. Teacher will give a verbal warning, which may result in an email and/or call toguardian, counselor, or/and administrator in reference to the need of a warning.
    2. Written detention slipfor before, after school, or lunch, and guardian, administrator, and counselor will be informed of misbehavior.
    3. Officefor further direction of future; all parties impacted will be contacted.


    No one has the right to interfere in another classmates learning experience.  If there is an issue, it will be handled immediately.   We will visit, then follow up from there with whomever we need to visit with.


    Grades and Assessments

    Your grade is based on your total earned points divided by the total possible points at any given time according to the percentage of the individual areas of assessment.  Exams are worth more points and binders with notes are worth 1 test grade.  Example: Exams-usually 100 points, Quizzes/Daily Work-10 points and up, projects etc.

    Exams- 40%

    Quizzes/Daily Work/ projects-45%

    Semester Exam-15%

    DistrictGrading Scale

    90 -      100    -   A
    80 -        89    -   B
    70 -        79    -   C
    60 -        69    -   D
    59 -                 -  F 

    Late Work—I believe you should complete your work, every assignment is given for a reason and is foundational to learning.

    Plagiarism and Cheating

    Do your own workor you will receive a zero on assignment.  Students are expected to exhibit honesty and integrity in their work submitted, both in the testing format and the written, research and analysis assignments.  Cheating and plagiarism or aiding another studentin cheating can result in severe penalties. No watches or other digital devices are to be used during exams.

    Course Outline 

    Each Unit of Study correlates with appropriate chapters in the textbook,

    US History-Reconstruction to the Present, Prentice Hall, Pearson Publisher. Students are expected to READ each chapterand additional readings that support the history we are studying.

     Semester 1

    Post Civil War-1865-Reconstruction

    Westward Expansion

    Industrialization, Immigration

    Gilded Age

    Progressive Era

    Imperialism and Foreign Policy

    WWI-Reflection from a 100+years

    The Twenties and the Economic Boom

    The Great Depression and the New Deal

    Semester 2

    WWII, the Holocaust

    The Cold War

    Civil Rights Movement

    Later Cold War-Foreign/Domestic Issues

    Vietnam Era

    Carter and Reagan Era

    New Century

    Modern Era