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                                                                             MONTGOMERY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL


Mr. Chris Spoonamore -- Room 164

Email Address: chris.spoonamore@montgomery.kyschools.us

2013 – 2014 School Year


Credit: 1

Grade: 10

Prerequisite: Recommended -Social Studies Survey (9)



This course is the first of two courses that will serve as the capstone to the study of America's history begun in grades 5 and 8.  The focus of this class will begin with the colonization of North America and continue through the year 1900.  This course will examine the forces that shaped and continue to shape our political, economic, and social institutions and the impact of those forces on the development of the United States to the dawn twentieth century.  It may be taught chronologically and/or thematically.  Students in this class will develop inquiry skills by using a variety of written and electronic sources.


Course Standards:

Students will learn to:

  1.  use a variety of tools to explore the interpretive nature of American history from

                colonization to the dawn of the 20th Century.

  2.  examine significant eras of American history to develop chronological understanding

                and recognize cause-and-effect relationships and multiple causation.

  3.  examine the impact of significant individuals, groups, and social movements.

  4.  analyze the social, political, and economic characteristics of various periods in

                the history of America.

  5.  examine the impact of advances in research, science, and technology on historical

                events and American society.

  6.  trace the changing role of the United States in the global community from

                isolationism to a major world power.

  7.  examine how immigration and the movement of populations within the United States

                have affected American culture.

  8.  analyze the transformation of the American economy from rural to industrial and

                from laissez-faire to a mixed economy with government intervention.

  9.  analyze the changing relationships among business, labor, and government.

10.  recognize how the U.S. Constitution, significant legislation, and landmark Supreme

                Court decisions have changed the nature of American society.

11.  examine the rights and responsibilities of individuals in American society and the

                development of democratic principles (liberty, justice, equality, the rule of law).

12.  explore how people and cultures of many countries, races, and religious traditions

                have created American society through cooperation, conflict, and competition.

13.  analyze the origins and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination

                and the social transformations created by the struggles for civil liberties.


Required Materials and Fees:

Each student must arrive daily with a required NOTEBOOK (Spiral, 3 Ring, or COMPOSITION BOOK) and a pen or pencil.  Textbooks will be provided and used both in and out of the classroom.  Students will NOT be assigned a specific textbook but WILL be allowed to check one out any time he or she wishes.  Personal Electronic Devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc..)  are not required but are encouraged.


Classroom Rules and Expectations

Students must abide by the following classroom rules and expectations daily:


  (In addition to those in the Student Handbook)

  1. Be on Time and Prepared.
  2. Students will be expected to come to remediation if an assessment is failed.
  3. Be Respectful.
  4. Keep an Objective and Open Mind.


Methods of Grading:

The following types of assignments may typically be a part of this class:


  1. Exams (Multiple Choice and Open Response)
  2. Quizzes
  3. Writing Assignments
  4. Study guides and group assignments
  5. Comprehensive Final Exam over Top 85 Terms and Concepts spanning from Colonization to 1900 for Early US History.
  6. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Nine Weeks Grades are 100% of the student’s final grade!



Course Outline and Pacing Guide:                                                                                                 

Textbook:  United States History: Reconstruction to the Present (Prentice Hall, 2008)

Unit 1 – The Geography of the United States  (5 Days)                      

Unit 2 – The American Colonies: Discovery – 1763  (10 Days)                        

Unit 3 – The Revolutionary War and American Republic: 1763 - 1800  (10 Days)                          

Unit 4 – National Growth and Conflict: 1800 - 1850  (10 Days)

Unit 5 – The Road to Civil War: 1850 – 1860  (7 Days)     

Unit 6 – The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1860 – 1877  (12 Days)                                

Unit 7 – The Industrial Age and Westward Expansion: 1865 – 1900  (10 Days)

Unit 8 - The Gilded Age: 1877 – 1900  (8  Days)

Unit 9 – The Age of Imperialism: 1890 – 1917 ( 8 Days)

End Year Review and Testing Cycle (Approximately 5 Days)          

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