American History 1 Overview and Requirements

Course Description:
American History 1 is designed to give students the opportunity to examine the historical origins of the U.S. from European exploration through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of America, the establishment of political parties, America's westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, conflict and consequences of war, including the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Students will continue to build upon previous studies of American History, the fundamental concepts in civics and government, economics, culture and geography taught in grades kindergarten through eight and use skills of historical analysis as they examine American history. This course goes beyond memorization of isolated facts to the development of higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. 
Course Requirements:

To ensure your success, the following is required:

1. You are required to read chapters in the text and complete reading notes. I will facilitate the understanding of material presented in the readings and in class. 

2. All assignments are to be kept in a 3-ring binder. It is organized according to the unit of study.

3. Tests are given at the completion of each of the 7 units of study.  In addition, there will be quizzes   and a NC Final Exam.

4. Keep your learning current for pop quizzes.

5. Keep up with assignments by monitoring the weekly agenda posted on the board.

6. American History 1 is a graduation requirement for all students.

7. You must be able to demonstrate your knowledge of history and your ability to analyze/evaluate historical content on the new NC Final Exam which counts 25% of your semester grade.

Study Skills:
Study is to learning what practice is to a sport. Just as one has to practice a sport in order to perfect the skills needed to play the game well, one has to do the same in an academic class to truly gain new skills and learning. Unlike a sport where a coach monitors your every move, academic practice is largely unmonitored. To really learn new material, you must discover the most effective ways to study (practice new learning) and discipline yourself to do so regularly.
  • pre-read the new material for the next day using the syllabus as a guide
  • read over the day's notes  each night
  • highlight and quiz yourself on key terms and ideas in your notes each night 


 Required Materials:
1 1/2" 3-ring binder
8 dividers
Donations Needed for Classroom:
hand sanitizer
1 ream of paper