African American History Syllabus

Cleveland School of Architecture The and Design

at John Hay Campus

2075 Stokes Boulevard     Cleveland, Ohio  44106

School Phone (216) 229-0100  School Fax (216) 229-0072


“The primary goal of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is to become a premier school district in the United States of America”


African American History


School Year:  2011-2012


Instructors’ Names: Ms. Sherlynn Allen-Harris



Instructor’s Hours: 7:50-3:20



Course Description: This course is an introduction to the history, key events, people and issues that have help shaped the African American history and culture.  This course examines that role that people of African descent have played in shaping American culture in general.


Course Supply List:


  • Dark Ink Pens (Blue and/or Black)
  • Sharpened pencils
  •  Spiral Notebooks (As needed for Journals)
  •  Pocket Folders (As needed for class notes)
  • Flash Drive (Removable Storage)
  • Loose Leaf Notebook Paper
  • 1 Box Colored Pencils
  • Recommended:  Pocket Dictionary/Thesaurus (may use teacher approved phone app)



Textbook Title: The African American Experience, 2nd Edition         



Course Goals: Students will be able to identify key events and people in African American history, connect key events and comprehensively understand a general history of African Americans within the larger American culture.


Course Objectives: By the end of the semester the students will:


  • Develop connections between historical events and illustrate the manner in which these events relate to one another.
  • Interpret historical documents, narratives, articles and other sources to better understand history.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of American history from the frican American perspective.
  •  Use economic reasoning skills and knowledge of major economic concepts, issues and systems in order to make informed choices as producers, consumers, savers, investors, workers and citizens in an interdependent world..
  •  Use knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in order to examine and evaluate civic ideals and to participate in community life and the American democratic system.
  •  Collect, organize, evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources to draw logical conclusions. Students communicate this information using appropriate social studies terminology in oral, written or multimedia form and apply what they have learned to societal issues in simulated or real-world settings.


Class Expectations:


John Hay Campus is more than a school—it is a community of scholars— and you are expected to conduct yourself in a way that reflects well upon your community. The best way to do this is to observe and respect the rules that govern our community and keep it a place where students are able to strive for excellence.


In this class, there are three simple rules—the “3 P’s.”  Students will be:


  • Prompt
  • Prepared
  • Polite




Class Procedures and Policies:


  • Students arriving late 1st Block must obtain a tardy pass from the Main Office.
  • Students arriving late during later blocks, must obtain a hall pass from the staff member who detained you.
  • Hall passes during class are limited and only given for emergencies
  • No Electronics!  Unless teacher approves for instructional purposes, any electronic device, seen or heard, will be confiscated and can only be retrieved according to school policy.



Additional Policies


Homework Policy


In the event of an excused absence, you will be given the opportunity to make-up work that was missed during your absence.  The time allotted for make-up work will be the same as the time allotted when the assignment was originally given (usually overnight).  Scholars are not to do make-up work during instructional time in class.


If your absence occurs when your cooperative learning group is presenting, you may be given an additional make-up assignment that will be due on the next school day.


Failure to Complete  Homework/Classwork


Since one of our rules is promptness, scholars are expected to complete all assignments on time. Failure to do so will lower your grade significantly or lead to a failing grade.  If you do not turn in your required assignments on time, you may turn it in the next day; however you will only receive half credit.




            A         90-100%

            B         80-89%

            C         70-79%

            D         60-69%

            F          59-0%


            I           Incomplete


Method of Evaluation: We will use a point system based on: tests, computer projects, journals, homework, class participation and a comprehensive final exam. In addition, there will be a major project that will count as 10% of your final grade.


Assignments:  There will be both individual assignments and cooperative group assignments. Scholars are expected to complete assignments as instructed (i.e., you do not share answers during individual work assignments). 


Tests/Quizzes: All testing requires students to do their own work.  Cheating

and/or plagiarizing will not be tolerated on any level. 


Year-long Project – This project counts as10% of your grade in either your first or second block class.


Projects: Occasionally, projects will be assigned with advanced notice. These require students to provide an oral, written or PowerPoint presentation of class material as it relates to “real-life” applications.


Participation/Attendance Requirements: Attendance is required!  If you miss a class it is your responsibility to cover the material from that class. Also, as part of a community of scholars you are expected to show your colleagues respect by actively participating in the learning.


Make-up Work:  You as the student are responsible for notifying the teacher of a missed test or assignment.  No make-up work will be given for unexcused absences.


Extra Credit: Extra credit should never substitute for engaged learning throughout the semester. However, if the student has been an active and conscientious member of our learning community throughout the semester, extra-credit may be offered. This will be at the teachers’ discretion and on a case-by-case basis only.


Disciplinary Policy and Procedures:  If students choose not to respect the rules and regulations of School of Architecture and Design at John Hay, the following protocol will be used:


1st Offense:   Verbal warning that will be documented.


2nd Offense:   Parent will be called and student will be assigned a Tuesday detention after school.  If the student cuts the detention, they will be assigned an office detention with his/her administrator.


Course Scope and Sequence



Text Assignment/Topic


Chapter s 1-3  African Homeland


Chapters 4-6 Africans in America


Chapter s 7-9 A New Nation


Chapter s 10-12 Free and Enslaved


Chapters 13-15 Challenges To Slavery


Chapters 16-21 A New Way of Life, Freedom Without Equality


Chapters 23-27   Protest and Hope


Chapter s 28-29  Civil Rights Revolution


Chapter s 30-32  1965-1990s Political Voices


Chapters 33-35 Equal Opportunity, The Legacy


Project Presentations


Final Exam











Note:  This schedule may be adjusted to reflect the individual learning needs of the students, and at the discretion of the instructor. Also, online content is integral to this course; therefore, consider where you will access a reliable internet connection.


The Cleveland School of Architecture and Design at John Hay requires all students to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth in the syllabus.  Students and parents are requested to sign in the appropriate spaces below having read the requirements of the outlined syllabus.  Please return to Ms. Allen-Harris by the following date: Friday August 26.







Signatures required for the Course Syllabus:


Student’s Name (printed): __________________________________________


I hereby state that I have read and agree to abide by the course syllabus.


Student Signature: ________________________________ Date: ___________

Parent name (printed): ______________________________________________


I have read and understand the expectations Ms. Allen-Harris has for my child.


Parent/Guardian signature: ___________________________ Date:_________  


Contact Numbers: _______________________________________________