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American History 2014-2015

I am luckily married to the beautiful Mrs. Simpson.

We have 2 daughters (Shae 7 and Jadyn 4) and two dogs as well.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an analysis of the major American political, social, economic, and cultural developments starting after the Civil War and ending in the present. We will consider the impact of this nation’s early governmental and presidential policies that shaped the rise of influential world leaders. We will examine human relationships and struggles for equality and rights in all areas of society- politically, socially, and economically. Additionally, we will evaluate modern and current United States policies and world involvement and predict their impact on the future direction of our country and the world.

TEXT: Gerald A. Danzer, et al., The Americans: Reconstruction through the 20th Century.


Charged computer, notebook, writing utensil, ear buds


  • Items NOT allowed in class except at teacher’s digression: cell phones, music playing devices, food/drinks (bottled water is always allowed)
  • Socializing and personal chores must be done before entering the classroom.


  • Students must be in seat prior to bell ringing.
  • Must come with a signed pass for an excused tardy.
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late to school for the day, you must check in with the Attendance Office before coming to class.
  • Remain in seats until dismissed by teacher. The bell starts class, the teacher dismisses class.
  • Teacher will notify students when it is appropriate to pack up materials for the hour.

ASSIGNMENTS: A description of what we do each day will be available on Blackboard.

QUIZZES/TESTS: There will be regular quizzes on materials discussed in class as well as homework assignments. Students should review vocabulary every night! Tests are standardized tests, administered in all American History Classes. The test will be given on-line at the end of each unit. There are no retakes, you will be given ‘opportunities for growth’ if an 80% is not achieved on specified assignments and 70% and above on unit tests.

ABSENT PROCEDURE: Being absent is NOT an excuse to not keep up on daily assignments. Assignments will be posted on Blackboard for you to do at home if you are absent. You will be required to have work turned in on time. If you miss a test, you must make up the test during Liberty Hour

LATE WORK/TEST RETAKES: EVERYDAY is the time to keep up with learning. Department late work policy states: Homework or in-class work will be accepted for 60% of its original value starting the day after its due date until the day of the exam or assessment for that unit. After the test or assessment has been given, no work from that unit will be accepted for credit. The reasoning behind this policy comes from the nature of homework or in-class work. Homework or in-class work is designed to help students learn or master material for an exam or assessment, not to “boost” a grade in the course. In the social studies department, exams and assessments are derived from specific learning goals set for the unit and are, therefore, the most important and culminating feature of measuring a student’s success in the course. Accepting homework or in-class work after the exam or assessment might raise the student’s grade but would not support the belief that homework and in-class work serve to help a student succeed on an assessment or exam, which in turn shows proficiency in meeting learning goals.

GRADES: Grades will be given based on student mastery of unit concepts, vocabulary, and essential questions. This course is not weighted nor graded on a curve. Following is the breakdown of grade distribution: A 100%-90%, B 89%-80%, C 79%-70%, D 69%-60%, F 59% and below.

CONSEQUENCES:Inappropriate behavior, missed Liberty Hour tutoring, and tardies to class will result in conferencing with students or a parent if necessary. Repeat offenders may be given detentions.

1st Day Assignment

  1. 1.  List 5 SIGNIFICANT events that have happened in your life.
  • a.  These should be personal events.
  • b.  Why are these events important?
  • c.  Due tomorrow for class discussion

EXAMPLE:  1st day of kindergarten, Last basketball game in HS, graduating from HS, Wedding day, birth of my children.