U.S. History

    Course # SS70A-B


     Jim McNeese

    Contact Informationjmcneese@fusd1.org
    Classroom Phone 928-773-6249

    Course Goal

    The goal of this course is to provide the students with a basic knowledge of United States History. The course will also provide students with the knowledge of how events in the past influence modern society. The course will explore the foundations of the United States democracy, individual rights and responsibilities of its citizens. In summary, the goal of this course is to provide the student with a framework to be a responsible citizen and voter in the United States.

    Historical Thinking

    This school year the course will be based on two elements, the state standards and Historical Thinking. We will utilize an inquiry-based learning module while investigating and exploring primary sources. The main focus question will be “What do historians do?”

    State Standards, Units and Topics to be covered

    Strand 1 American History

    Concept 1 Research Skills for History

    Concept 2 Early Civilization Pre-Columbian to 1500s

    Concept 3 Exploration & Colonization 1500s-1700s

    Concept 4 Revolution & New Nations 1700s-1820s

    Concept 5 Western Expansion 1800-1860

    Concept 6 Civil War & Reconstruction 1860-1877

    Concept 7 Emergence of Modern US 1875-1829

    Concept 8 Great Depression and WWII 1929-1945

    Concept 9 Postwar US 1945-1970s

    Classroom Expectations, Materials & Rules





    Be Prepared


    Materials Needed

    Assigned Textbooks


    Pencil or pen


    Class Rules

    Appropriate Language

    Ask to leave room and take pass

    Digital Etiquette

    Follow School and District policy

    No food in Classroom

    Drinks must have secure lid


    Attendance & Tardiness

    The class will follow the current school attendance policy.

    Attendance is taken within the first 5 minutes of class. If the student is not in the room when the bell rings absence will be recorded. If the student shows up to class within the first 20 minutes a mark will be changed to a tardy.

    It is the Parent/Guardian’s responsibility to excuse attendance marks based on school policy. Please review this information in the student handbook with your student.


    If a student has an excused absence they are allowed to makeup all work missed. The deadline to make up work is equal to the amount of days missed. All work can be made up, except unexcused absences or truancies, for one-half credit.


    Grades, Assignments, Homework


    Assignments consist of in-class work and homework. In-classwork consists of exams, quizzes, projects, primary source analysis and group work.

    Homework will consist of bookwork, vocabulary, lecture Cornell Notes. There will be 2-3 homework assignments a week.

    All work has a deadline. Any work handed in late will be graded and one-half credit given. If the assignment is not turned-in a 0 will be entered into the grade book.

    All assignments will be placed in one category.

    Achievement will be 100% of your grade this includes.  Tests, Exams, Performance activities and Quizzes. 

    Their will be point totals placed in the practice category but they will not be part of the grading criteria


    Semester Final is worth 15% of the overall grade. The Semester Final Consist of a district approved exam.











    Student/Parent/Teacher Contract 2019-2020

    Student Name:_____________________ Class:________________(Please Print clearly)

    I am going to work on earning the grade of ____ for this course. I plan on bringing my organized materials and a productive attitude to this class each and every day. I will ask questions and participate to the best of my ability.

    Student Signature:____________________________ Date:_________________

    I have read and understand all information in the syllabus. I am committed to helping my student earn credit for this course. I will communicate if I have any questions, comments or, concerns.

    Parent/Guardian Signature:____________________________

    Date:__________________Daytime Phone Number:________________________

    Email Address:__________________________

    I am fully committed to helping each student succeed in my class. I will individualize and provide 1:1 assistance for each student, as needed. I will make discussions and activities interesting and relevant to students’ lives. Most importantly, I will communicate with parents and/or guardian regarding the academic progress of their student.

    Teacher Signature:_________________________________ Date:____________