Century High School – United States HistoryInstructor: William M. West Office Hours/Tutorial: Mornings before 7:30 and/or by appointment.COURSE DESCRIPTION:United States History is a course designed to chronologically examine major tuning points in American history. Unit I will cover the American Beginnings to 1877: focusing on the United States' Beginnings to 1763; its Revolution and the Early Republic; the Growth of a Young Nation; and the Union in Peril. Unit II will cover the Bridge to the 20th Century (1877 - 1917): focusing on Changes on the Western Frontier; the New Industrial Age; Immigrants and Urbanization, and Life at the Turn of the 20th Century. Unit III will cover how Modern America Emerges (1890 - 1920): topics focusing on the Progressive Era; how America Claims an Empire; and the First World War. Unit IV will cover the 1920s and the Great Depression (1919 - 1940): topics focusing on Politics of the Roaring Twenties; the Roaring Life of the 1920s; the Great Depression Begins; and the New Deal. Unit V will examine World War II and its Aftermath (1931 - 1960): topics including how World War Looms; the United States in World War II; Cold War Conflicts; and the Postwar Boom. Unit VI will focus on the United States Living with Great Turmoil (1954 - 1975): topics including the New Frontier and the Great Society; the Civil Rights movement; the Vietnam War Years; and an Era of Social Change. Unit VII will examine America's Passage to a New Century (1968 - 2001): topics covering an Age of Limits; the Conservative Tide; and the United States in Today's World.PRIMARY TEXT:Danzer, Gerald A., J. Jorge Klor de Alva, Larry S. Krieger, Louis E. Wilson and Nancy Woloch. The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century. Evanston, Illinois:McDougal Littell Inc., 2006.GRADING (cumulative):
25% - Daily Class Activity and Participation
45% - Unit Exams
30% - Midterm/Final
A+ = 97 – 100 B+ = 87 – 89 C+ = 77 – 79 D+ = 67 – 69
A = 93 – 96 B = 83 – 86 C = 73 – 76 D = 63 – 66
A- = 90 – 92 B- = 80 – 82 C- = 70 – 72 D- = 60 – 62
Below 60% is failing
Century’s Tardy/Attendance Policy and Honor Code will be followed.
All tutoring, make-up tests and late work will only be accepted before 7:30 in the morning and/or by appointment.