American History I & II Syllabus

    Teacher: Michael Gibson

    Room 806

    E-mail: michael.gibson@robeson.k12.nc.us


    Course Description:  This course will examine the history of the United States. Students will investigate the major political, economic, social, and technological events that have shaped the United States into the nation that it is today. The course is designed for students to gain a sense of continuity between the past and the present and to think intelligently about the future. 


    Course Objectives:


    « Identify and describe the major domestic issues and conflicts experienced by the       U.S. during the Federalist Period.

    « Analyze the effects of territorial expansion and the admission of new states to the      Union.

    « Differentiate between the causes of sectionalism and nationalism.

    « Identify the major reform movements in the U.S.

    « List the causes of the Civil War and identify the turning points of the war.

    « Analyze the impact of Reconstruction on the nation.

    « Evaluate the great westward movement and assess the impact of the agricultural      revolution on the nation.

    « Describe innovations in technology and business practices  

    « Analyze how the U.S. emerged as a world power.

    « Identify the causes of World War I and describe the turning points of the war.

    « Describe the causes of the Great Depression and how the “New Deal” reforms          enlarged the role of the federal government  in American life.

    « Analyze the causes of World War II and identify the turning points of the war.

    « Describe how the Cold War affected the economic, political, and social life in the      U.S.

    « Assess the impact of terrorism on American society.



    Grading: Final course grades will be based on the formula below.


                  Tests/Projects                                       60%

                      Homework/Classwork/Quizzes          40%


    Note: Students will take a Final Exam at the end of the course. This exam will count for 25% of the student’s final grade in the class.


    Instruction: This course will be taught utilizing many different techniques and resources. You should expect a mixture of individual assignments and group work. We will use the textbook, Internet, simulations, role-playing, political cartoons, music and class discussions to comprehend the concepts and ideas fundamental to the course.


    Materials Needed for Class: You should bring the following to class everyday.


    ·         3-ring binder notebook

    ·         loose leaf paper

    ·         #2 pencil and a pen


    Students should divide their notebooks into the following sections:


    -          Bell Ringers, Notes, Maps, Class work, and Final Exam Review (Tests, Handouts, Bullet Shots)  


    Policies Regarding:


    ·         Homework: It is the student’s responsibility to turn in assignments on the due date. Students are expected to be responsible for their own work.


    ·         Make-up Work:. If a student is absent from class it is the student’s responsibility to get the work they missed and complete it by the following class period.


    ·         Testing: All students are expected to study for tests. Tests may be made up if missed. This must be done within a week of missing the test. You must come after school to make up any missed test. Cheating will not be tolerated. This includes talking during tests, looking on others’ papers, as well as other methods of cheating. A zero will be given to ANYONE caught cheating!


    ·         Learning Center: All students are encouraged to attend learning centers every Tuesday and Thursday after school to make up any missed tests or to receive extra help in this course.



    ·         Mr. Gibson’s Classroom Expectations:


    1.      Do not use vulgar or offensive language.

    2.      Stay in your seat unless told to do otherwise.

    3.      No food or candy in the classroom. If you bring these items into my classroom they will be confiscated and thrown away. Cell phones and hats will be confiscated and only returned to the student’s parent or guardian.

    4.      No grooming. If you take out mirrors, make-up, perfume/cologne, or brushes/combs during class, they will be confiscated and only returned to the student’s parent or guardian.


    ·         Consequences for Disruptive and Negative Behavior


    1.   Documented Conference with Student

    2.      Parental/Guardian Contact

    3.      Office Referral


    Mr. Gibson’s Classroom Procedures: The following procedures have been established to provide a safe and productive environment for learning to take place. The procedures below are examples on how you should conduct yourself in my classroom.


    1.      When you enter the classroom:


    -          Sit in your assigned seat.

    -          Perform “bellwork” immediately.


    2.      If you complete all your class work:


    -          Work quietly on other material until everyone else is done.


    3.      Students will remain sitting in their desks at the end of the period until the teacher dismisses the class.