• SYLLABUS- THE COURSE OUTLINE FOR US HISTORY I

     
     
    TEXTBOOK:  THE AMERICANS
     
    STUDY SKILLS
     
    I. TAKING CLASS NOTES
       A. Just the Facts
    II. WRITING CHAPTER SUMMARIES
       A. Read the Assignment
       B. Read the Assignment, Again
          1. What's the Point?
       C. Write the Summary
          1. Be Precise
          2. Use your own words
    III. HISTORICAL RESOURCES
       A. Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary
    IV. WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER
       A. Choose a Topic
       B. Do the Research
       C. Format the Paper
       D. Citations and Bibliography
       E. Plagiarism
     
    First Marking Period:
     
    I. THE FOUNDING OF THE ENGLISH COLONIES, 1585-1732
       A. The First Steps
          1. Richard Hakluyt
          2. Sir Walter Raleigh
       B. Jamestown
          1. Personalities
          2. Economics
          3. Politics
       C. Puritan New England
          1. Pilgrims
          2. Puritans
          3. Dissent
       D. The Mid-Atlantic and Southern Colonies  
          1. The Role of Religion
          2. Colonial Economies 
    II. THE GROWTH OF SELF-GOVERNMENT IN AMERICA, 1607-1763
       A. Bacon's Rebellion
       B. The English Civil War
       C. Colonial Government and Administration
    III. THE POLICIES OF EMPIRE, 1688-1763
       A. Mercantilism
       B. Navigation Acts
       C. The Glorious Revolution
    IV. THE COLONIAL ECONOMIES
       A. New England
       B. Middle Colonies
       C. Southern Colonies
          1. Plantation System and Slavery 
       D. The Effects of Prosperity
    V. THE GREAT AWAKENING
       A. Religion and Education  
    VI. RIVALRIES OVER LAND
       A. Settlers vs. Indians
          1. The fight for land
       B. England vs. France
          1. The Struggle for Empire- The French and Indian War 
    VII. MOVING TOWARDS REVOLUTION
       A. Impact of the French & Indian War
          1. Who Pays for the War?
          2. How will the War be Paid For?
       B. Action and Reaction- Rising Tensions
          1. Stamp Act
          2. Other Acts of Parliament
          3. Committees of Correspondence and Sons of Liberty
       C. 1st and 2nd Continental Congresses
          1. Olive Branch Petition
       D. Military Confrontation
       E. Declaration of Independence
          1. Influence of John Locke
          2. Compromise
    VIII. THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
       A. 1776
          1. Darkest Days of the Revolution
       B. War Plans, Strategies, and Tactics
       C. Campaigns and Results
       D. Americans in the War
       E. The Treaty of Paris, 1783
    IX. POST-WAR AMERICA
       A. Articles of Confederation
       B. Northwest Ordinance
    X. THE CONSTITUTION
       A. Crisis and Shay's Rebellion
       B. The Constitutional Convention
       C. Ratification and the Federalist Papers
       D. Branches and Functions of Government
    XI. THE NEW NATION
       A. Washington's Administration
       B. Adam's Administration
       C. Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase
       D. War of 1812 and Aftermath
       E. Jacksonian Era
    SECOND MARKING PERIOD:
    I. EXPANSION AND REFORM
       A. Manifest Destiny
       B. 2nd Great Awakening
       C. Abolition
    II. Civil War
       A. Causes
       B. The War
    III. Reconstruction
       A. The Plans
       B. Southern Reaction- Jim Crow Laws
    THIRD MARKING PERIOD:
    I. Industrialization, Urbanization, Immigration
       A. From Agriculture to Modern America
       B. The Labor Movement
    II. The Progressive Era
       A. The Need for Reform
       B. The Progressive Presidents
       C. Big Government vs. Small Government
             1. Connections to Contemporary America
    III. Imperialism
    FOURTH MARKING PERIOD:
    I. World War One
       A. Causes
       B. US Involvement
       C. Imperfect Peace- Treaty of Versailles
    II. The Roaring Twenties
       A. Boom and Bust
       B. Harlem Renaissance
       C. Red Scare and Civil Liberties
    III. Review and Final Exams