• Jeff Christian


    US History Objective

    Students in grade eleven study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation's beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the tenth grade study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects.  They trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. They learn that the United States has served as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents, but the results of a defined set of political principles that are not always basic to citizens of other countries. Students understand                  that our rights under the U.S. Constitution are a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry for their preservation and protection.

    This course is a graduation requirement.

    Text Book: Appleby, Brinkley, Broussard, McPherson, Ritchie, The American Vision, Modern Times, 2006, McGraw Hill Co.


    Essential Standards


    First Quarter

    11.1 Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence.

    11.2 Students analyze the relationship among the rise of industrialization, large-scale rural-to-urban migration, and massive immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe.

    11.3 Students analyze the role religion played in the founding of America, its lasting moral, social, and political impacts, and issues regarding religious liberty.

    Second Quarter

    11.4 Students trace the rise of the United States to its role as a world power in the twentieth century.

    11.5 Students analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s.

    11.6 Students analyze the different explanations for the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government.

    Third Quarter

    11.7 Students analyze America's participation in World War II.

    11.8 Students analyze the economic boom and social transformation of post-World War II America.

    11.9 Students analyze U.S. foreign policy since World War II.

    Fourth Quarter

    11.10 Students analyze the development of federal civil rights and voting rights.

    11.11 Students analyze the major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society.



    Class Materials:

    Pencil and pen

    Textbook and workbook

    College ruled paper

    Student ID Card

    Three ring binder (dividers optional).


    * Keep everything in this binder.  The skills and knowledge in this class are layered.  Information will be referenced throughout the year.  Further, this class utilizes outside materials that will become necessary during projects, papers, and assignments. 

    Primary Assessmentsand Grading Policy:

    1. Quizzes/Identifications(ID’s) Vocabulary definition and terms:  Students will be asked to identify the Who, What, When, Where, and Why (and How) of a single historical event, idea, person, or movement.  The expectation is that students will be able to explain the historical significance of an event, idea, person, or movement within the scope of this class.
    2. Testswill be administered after each chapter or unit. Additional vocabulary test on chapter content. Passing score of 60 % required. 
    3. Projects:  A brief description of class projects are still in progress. Anticipate additional handouts later in the semester.
    4. Class workincludes participation, listening skills, note taking, reading, benchmarks, vocabulary and handouts.
    5. Homeworkincludes a variety of  reading and answering questions, personal interviews, handouts, internet research (home or library) quiz/test review. Assignments are late and will be marked down 10% per day it is late.
    6. Binder Checks: Once a week will be based on class openers and monthly will be entire binder.
    7. Participation Points- each day you receive 5 points for being on time, prepared and participating in a positive manner.


    • The grade scale is:  A = 90% - 100%  B = 80% - 89% C = 70% -   79% D = 60% - 69%F = 59% or less




    Late Work:

    Late Work and Make Up Exams:  On the day that you return from an absence you will need to look in the class binder for the week.  All copies and assignment descriptions will be in the binder.  From the day that you return the clock starts ticking.  You will only have three days (per absence) to turn in late work.  For exams you will need to schedule time outside of class to take the exam.  Do not try and arrange this with me during class time. 

    Classroom Rules and Discipline Policy:

                                              Rights and Responsibilities


    Student has the Right to:

    1. Feel safe and secure in the classroom.
    2. Has the right to an education.
    3. Has the right to be listened to.
    4. Have an opinion.


    Student has the Responsibility to:

    1. Act and treat others with respect in the classroom.
    2. Complete school work and study for test to achieve success.
    3. Listen to others.
    4. Respect opinions and beliefs of others.


    *Notice that these rules are fairly general.  That means I can apply them to a variety of situations.*

        Academic Honesty

    According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means:

    1. to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
    2. to use (another's production) without crediting the source
    3. to commit literary theft
    4. To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

    Plagiarism is not acceptable on any terms.  Students in violation of academic honesty will face severe consequences.  If at any time, you are concerned about possible violations or need help with clarification, ASK for help.  It is better to ask for help and guidance than to find yourself in violation.


    Electronics Policy and Penalty procedure:

    According to the Student Conduct Codes:

       “Items which detract or distract from the learning environment are not to be brought to school. Such items may include but are not limited to: radios, head sets, recorder/players, television games, Dungeons and Dragons, Ouija boards, toys, matches, lighters, cards and beepers. Such items shall not be brought to school.

    *Cell phones, pagers, personal stereos & any other disruptive devices will be turned OFF and put away.  If any personal property becomes disruptive at any point during class time or during school hours (if I see it or hear it), the following procedures will be followed:

    1st  offense:  Item confiscated returned 24 hours later.  Friday confiscation equals Monday return.

    2nd offense:  Parent must pick up from discipline office. 

    3rd offense:  Confiscated for rest of year. 

                4th offense:  Susepension.

       Tardy Policy and Penalty procedures

    1. You are considered tardy if you are not COMPLETELY in the room in your seat, with all necessary supplies, prepared to work when the bell rings. 
    2. A tardy will only be excused if student provides a signed note from another teacher or the administration office.  If you know you need to be late or miss a class, you must clear it with me before that class.  
    3. Students will serve after school time in exchange for tardiness.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.


    *The information in this syllabus/guide is to help you understand our purpose and to provide information.  Please keep it in your binder and refer to it regularly!*