• United States History 2                                             Course Syllabus 2011-2012

    Mrs. Wiggett




    This course is intended to be an extensive study in American History from the beginning of the Reconstruction Era of 1865 up to and including the Era of Social Change in the 1960’s. The course will provide students with an analytical perspective of American foreign policy relations, the idea of internationalism vs. isolationism, and the physical and social changes that occurred in America and around the world. This course will allow students the opportunity to critical think in a global and political perspective and finish the class with a well-rounded view of American issues and international concerns.



    This syllabus and many of the class assignments will be available on the teacher web page posted on the Long Branch Public Schools website. Your textbook readings are supplemented on the publisher’s web site, classzone.com along with learning strategies and tutorial help.


    Teacher Hours: room 131

    I will be available every morning from 7:00 am to 7:45 am – and every afternoon from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (pending meetings)


    Course Outline:


    Course will be divided into five (5) major units as follows:


    1.      Migration and Industrialization

    2.      Modern America Emerges

    3.      The 1920’s and The Great Depression

    4.      World War II and Its Aftermath

    5.      Living With Great Turmoil


     Units of Study Description:


    UNIT 4: Migration and Industrialization

    Chapter 13-16


    This unit will pay close attention to clashes of culture in America, the expansion of industry that leads to immigration and urbanization. The unit will also reflect American Culture as it affects segregation and discrimination.


    UNIT 5: Modern America Emerges

    Chapter 17-19


    This unit will examine the idea of American imperialism and how it acquired new lands, the idea between Isolationism vs. Internationalism and how United States shaped its foreign policy. Discussions of America as a world power and the early talks of the First World War as well as the governments view in world affairs.






    UNIT 6: The 1920’s and the Great Depression

    Chapter 20-23


    This unit will analyze the struggles of postwar issues as well as the economic and social changes that occurred during the 1920’s. Examine the role the government played during the Great Depression as well as the reforms that took place. Examine and understand the impact that the reforms still have on our country today and their significance.


    UNIT 7: World War II and Its Aftermath

    Chapter 24-27


    This unit will analyze the major causes of a World War, examine U.S. foreign policy and its current conditions during the Great Depression, and the rise of Dictators around the world. The unit will examine in depth the Holocaust and American Involvement overseas as well as the postwar issues leading to the Cold War.


    UNIT 8: Living With Great Turmoil

    Chapter 28-31


    This unit will examine the New Frontier and Kennedy’s approach to solving Cold War issues as well as the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement and its challenges. An overall perspective of US involvement and its issues of communism v. democracy overseas during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A view of social change of Americans view towards war and the rise of woman, and Native American equality.



    Course Readings will include the following:


    1.      The Americans, published by McDougal Littell (2007) {course text}

    2.      Classzone.com, related internet source for textbook)

    3.      Selected Supreme Court cases

    4.      Selected Primary sources

    5.      Periodicals – analyzing maps

    6.      Additional supplemental readings provided over the period of the course


    Course Requirements:

    Students are expected to maintain a three ring binder notebook since numerous handouts will be provided and they must be included in their notebook as there will be a graded notebook checks. In addition, students are expected to always bring a pen or pencil and paper to class and failure to do so will result in the reduction of a class participation grade.


    Grading Policy:


    Department grading policy is as follows:


    30% Tests – Project – Quizzes

    25% Homework

    20% Class work and Participation

    25% Writing


    Each unit will contain several quizzes, chapter tests, reading assignments, worksheet assignments, class notes and homework. There will be several projects spread throughout the course related to the units being studied. All assignments are due on their announced date. In order for me to consider excusing your absence to extend a due date there must be a note from a parent or guardian explaining that absence.  Assignments handed in late will lose credit as follows: I class day late 25%, 2 class days late 50%. No assignments will be accepted more than two class days late. If you missed a scheduled exam/quiz you must make it up the next day you attend school. A reduction of 5 points for each day the exam is not taken. Being late to class will result in a loss of points for any assignment that you missed unless it is excused by an administrator or teacher.