Instructor: F.Gonzalez                                                                                                                                
Course: AP USA History
Fall 2009
Engineering & Design SLC





Course Syllabus and Outline
The course is designed to provide students with a college level experience and the analyticalskills and knowledge necessary to prepare them for the AP College Board United States History test in May 2010. The course will examine the growth of the American Republic from its pre-European peoples to present day. The course topics will include colonial America, revolutionary America, Jeffersonian and Hamiltonian ideology, Jacksonian democracy, Manifest Destiny, Imperialism, Progressivism, the New Deal, World Wars I & II, the Cold War Era, and Modern America. The 2-semester course will be divided into time periods and focus on major themes in US History including the social, political, economic, and cultural history.

Teaching Strategies
The course will be a combination of lectures and discussion based upon assigned text readings in addition to teacher provided journal articles, current news events, weekly and daily television news shows, primary source material, tests, essays, quizzes, and supplementary materials. Students will also be required to keep up with daily events in the nation and the world and participate in a daily discussion on these events. Further students will have to analyze and be tested on maps and graphs and other forms of visually presented information. 

Required texts for this course
Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen and Thomas Bailey. The American Pageant. 13th     Edition.Boston, MA.: Houghton Mifflin, Co. 2006. Kennedy, David M., Lizabeth Cohen and Thomas Bailey. The American Pageant Guidebook:        A Manuel for Students. 13th Edition. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 

Grading and Course Requirements
Grades are computed on a cumulative point basis; tests, essays, homework assignments are all worth a given number of points. At the end of the grading period the grade is determined by dividing the total points possible by points earned. Assessment is based on quizzes and unit test consisting of objective questions and free response essay questions assessing student knowledge of lectures, vocabulary, discussion and readings. In addition to listed course work there may be additional Videos, Primary Documents, and additional readings as assigned. It is also important that you be prepared to discuss ideas and concepts from the reading—this will be part of you participation grade. You will also watch a variety of videos and films that will help you get a better idea of some of the events we will study. 

Course Content with Readings
Unit One: Colonial America 1607-1775
Content taught-Chapters 1-5

  • American Indian empires in the Americas
  • America pre-Columbus, Columbus’ exploration and consequences,
  • Spanish Empire in North America
  • Establishment of English Colonies and daily life (New England, Middle Colonies and Southern Colonies)
  • Cultural and religious diversity in the American colonies
  • Colonial social structure, role of religion, the Enlightenment and Great Awakening
  • Colonial government comparisons
  • French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763
  • Triangular trade route and Mercantilism
 Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • Geographic analysis of colonial sections
  • ?DBQ – Life in the Colonies
  • DBQ – Democracy in Colonial Connecticut
  • Historical Interpretation Readings and Analysis: Thomas Paine “Common Sense”; David McCullough “1776”, J. Franklin Jameson. Students read a selection from each and write a comparison and contrast essay about the main ideas
  • Multiple Choice Exam
Unit Two: The American Revolution and the Creation of the United States
Content taught-Chapters 6-10
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Significant battles of the Revolution
  • Treaty of Paris 1763, the Articles of Confederation
  • Limitations of the Articles of Confederation and creation of Constitution
  • The Ideas that shaped the Government; Washington, Hamilton, Franklin and Jefferson
  • Bill of Rights, emergence and growth of political parties
  • Federalist vs. Anti-federalists
  • Religious and social impact of the Second Great Awakening
  • Free Blacks vs. Slaves, growth of slavery
 Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • DBQ Essay – American Revolution
  • DBQ Essay - Creation of Constitution
  • DBQ Essay – Federalists
  • Document analysis: Selected “Federalist Papers”
  • Compare and Contrast the Federalist papers and their purpose
Unit 3: Jeffersonian Republic/War of 1812Content Taught-Chapters 11-13
  • 1800 Revolution/Significance of Jefferson’s Presidency
  • John Marshall/ Marbury vs. Madison/Judicial Review
  • Appalachian expansion/Louisiana Purchase
  • Monroe Doctrine/Era of Good Feelings
  • Causes and Consequences of War of 1812
 Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • DBQ Essay: Monroe Doctrine
  • DBQ Essay: Era of Good Feelings
  • DBQ Essay: Jefferson Foreign Policy
  • Historical Interpretation/Analysis: Individual Power Point presentations on designated topics from time period
  • Multiple Choice/Essay Exam
Unit 4: Jacksonian Democracy/ U.S. Economy and Society before the Civil War
Content taught –Chapters 14-19
  • Jackson as President/Spoils System, Nullification crisis, Jackson’s war on the Bank of the U.S State governments battle Federal government: “Tariff of Abominations.”
  • Industrial Revolution; Political and Economic factors; social class changes; immigration and urbanization, nativism.
  • Social protests: Temperance Movement/ Women’s rights / Science, art, and culture,
  • Utopia.
  • The causes and consequences of the Missouri Compromise
  • Causes and Consequences of Mexican American War
  • Manifest Destiny
 Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • Document Analysis: Jackson: Students analyze political, economic and social
  • philosophy of Jackson as they read primary sources.
  • Document Analysis: Chinese Exclusion Act
  • DBQ Essay: Mexican War
  • DBQ Essay: Andrew Jackson Economic Policy
  • Geography: Manifest Destiny / Map of United States
  • Historical Interpretation Assignment: Essay Analysis – War of 1812
  • Multiple Choice/Essay Unit Exam
Unit 5:Civil War and Reconstruction
Content taught-Chapter 20-22
  • Compromise of 1850, Dred Scott and other political, social and economic causes of the Civil War.
  • Pro’s and Con’s of Slavery
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act, Missouri Compromise
  • Causes and Consequences of Civil War (resources, tactics, battles, political, economic and social.)
  • Plans of Reconstruction (Lincoln, Johnson, and Radical Republican.
  • Social, economic and political impact of Reconstruction
 Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • DBQ Essay: Civil War
  • Document Analysis – Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address
  • Document Analysis – Compromise of 1850
  • Historical Analysis: Harriet Beecher Stowe “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an article of recent historical scholarship about the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students compare and contrast the two different works.
  • Multiple Choice/Essay exam.
  • Comprehensive Semester Final-Multiple Choice and DBQ’s from AP College Board RTQ’s
Unit 6: The Gilded Age/Industrial RevolutionContent Taught-Chapters 23-26
  • Compromise of 1877
  • Sharecropping and the many challenges facing the southern economy post Reconstruction
  • Segregation and Jim Crow Laws
  • Populist movement - political, social and economic impact
  • Rise of Railroads – political, social and economic impact
  • Settling the west – ranchers, settlers and native Americans
  • Industrial Growth – Vertical and horizontal integration, Carnegie and Rockefeller.
  • The Growth of cities; Urbanization, political machines and their social, economic and political impact on people.
  • Technological change, inventions and their impact on society, culture and the economy
  • Rise of Labor Unions and workers rights
 Assignments and / or Assessments:
  • ?DBQ Essay: Industrial Revolution
  • ?Historical Interpretation: Zinn: Reading and Essay Analysis – Civil War, Reconstruction and Industrial Revolution chapters
  • ?Essay Analysis – Gospel of Wealth
  • ?Speech Analysis – “Cross of Gold” Speech
  • ?Multiple choice/ Essay Unit Exam
Unit 7: American Imperialism/The Progressive Movement
Content Taught-Chapters 27-29
  • The causes of Imperialism (economic, social and political)
  • The Spanish American War – causes and consequences, social and economic impact of war.
  • ?Progressivism –challenging industrial dominance
  • ?Theodore Roosevelt – Domestic and Foreign Policy (Asian and Latin American
  • continent)
  • ?Muckrakers/women’s suffrage/temperance movement
  • ?African-American migration
  • ?Washington and Dubois and their push for civil rights, African-American migration.
 Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • ?DBQ Essay: Roosevelt as a Progressive
  • ?DBQ Essay: The New Imperialism
  • ?Primary Source: Imperialism and the Spanish American War
  • ?Storybook Project – Students are writing a storybook geared to a ten-year-old reader (6th grade level) will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and comprehension of a major theme of United States History.
Unit 8: World War I/Roaring 20’s
Content taught-Chapters 30-32
  • ?Causes and consequences of American economic, political, and military involvement in WWI.
  • ?African- Americans, and women’s involvement in WWI
  • ?Technological advances in WWI: impact on warfare and the home front
  • ?Wilson’s 14 points and the Treaty of Versailles
  • ?The League of Nations; political and diplomatic consequences of US Senate not joining the League
  • ?Economic, Social, Religious and cultural changes in the 1920’s.
  • ?Modernism in science and the arts
  • ?Prohibition and Fundamentalist movement.
  • ?The Republican Era: Domestic and foreign policies of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover.
 Assignment and/ or Assessments:
  • ?Document Analysis: Treaty of Versailles
  • ?Document Analysis: Wilson’s Fourteen Points
  • ?DBQ Essay: Wilson and Versailles
  • ?“One Pager” Unit Project: Students will create a one page visual based on their research and understanding about a unit of study.
  • ?Multiple Choice/Essay Unit Exam
Unit 9: The Great Depression and FDR’s New Deal
Content taught-Chapters 33-34
  • ?The Great Depression: Causes and Consequences (Social and Economic)
  • ?Hoover’s economic plan vs. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal
  • ?Analysis: Benefits and shortcomings of New Deal programs
  • ?Impact of the Great Depression domestically and internationally
  • ?FDR’s Lend-Lease Act and Neutrality Acts
 Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • ?DBQ Essay: Foreign Policy 1920-1941
  • ?DBQ Essay: FDR and the Great Depression
  • ?DBQ Essay: New Deal Results
  • ?Document Analysis: FDR’s First Inaugural Address
  • ?Historical Interpretation: Zinn Reading and Essay Analysis with American Pageant on Imperialism and New Deal.
  • ?Multiple Choice/Essay Unit Exam
Unit 10: World War II/ Beginning of the Cold War/1950’s
Content Taught-Chapters 35-37
  • Neutrality and Lend Lease Acts
  • ?Pearl Harbor attack and U.S entry into WWII
  • ?Effect of WWII on women and minorities.
  • ?Civil Liberties curtailed, population migrations and increased governmental power.
  • ?Military, economic, social and cultural impact of WWII
  • ?United Nations and NATO
  • ?US Foreign Policy: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan
  • ?Beginnings of the Cold War
  • ?Impact of Cold War on U.S: Red Scare, McCarthyism
  • ?Baby Boomers and Consumerism
  • ?Modern Civil Rights movement: Montgomery bus boycotts and Rosa Parks
  • ?Technological changes of the 1950’s
 Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • ?DBQ Essay: Neutrality Policy
  • ?DBQ Essay: World War II minorities
  • ?Primary Resource: Atomic Bomb
  • ?Primary Resource: World War II
  • ?Multiple Choice/Essay Unit Exam
Unit 11: The United States in the Modern world: Cold War Culmination to the Internet Revolution
Content Taught-Chapters 38-42
  • Analysis of Korean and Vietnam War; diplomatic, economic, and social impact of both wars on the United States and the World.
  • Societal and political impact of the Civil Rights movement
  • ?The Turbulent years; the counterculture of the 1960’s
  • ?John F Kennedy’s New Frontier- Moon landing, Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs and assassination.
  • ?Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society- economic and social impact
  • ?Nixon domestic and foreign policy – Watergate, opening the door to China and oil crisis, ending Vietnam War.
  • ?Carters foreign and domestic policy- Camp David Accords, relations with Israel, oil
  • crisis, inflation, Iran hostage crisis.
  • ?Overview of foreign and domestic policies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W Bush,
  • William Jefferson Clinton and George Walker Bush.
  • ?The rise of Terrorism; September 11th, environmental issues; Global Warming, and the Internet Revolution.
   Assignments and/ or Assessments:
  • Document Analysis: John F. Kennedy “ask not what you can do” Speech, MLK “I have a dream” Speech, Johnson’s “Great Society” Speech, George W. Bush “ a great people has been moved to defend a great nation” Address to nation, Roe vs. Wade Decision, Reagan’s Inaugural Address
  • ?Comprehensive Final Exam: DBQ and Multiple Choice
  • ?Historical Interpretation: A) Zinn Reading and Essay analysis: World War II- present B) George Herring “The Pentagon Papers (abridged)” C) American Pageant. Students read excerpts from each of the three readings and participate in a class debate about the evolving role of US government during the last fifty-five years.
  • ?Historical theme project: students work individually, in pairs or in groups to research and present their findings orally, via power point and video about a selected theme in U.S History.
  • Comprehensive Semester Final-Multiple Choice and DBQ’s from AP College Board RTQ’s
  • AP College Board US History Test.
Due to the fast-paced nature of the course, students will be expected to keep up with the assignments on a weekly basis. All work, except that completed in class, is to be typed, double-spaced and due on the assigned date. No cut & paste, nor any other plagiarism is allowed-first offense will be a “0’ and parental contact, any further violations may result in a “F” for the course. Work may be emailed to .There will be a multiple choice exam at the end of each unit; these will be done with notes or a book, so it is important that you do the reading and homework as assigned. It is also important that you be prepared to discuss ideas and concepts from the reading—this will be part of you participation grade. You will also watch a variety of videos and films that will help you get a better idea of some of the events we will study.  
Mr. Gonzalez Room B-5