Instructor: JoAnn Tsohonis
School: Jefferson
School year: 2008-09
Course number: 27210
Course title: U.S. History
Subject: Social Sciences and History
Grade level(s): 11
Credits: 1
Course description:
Through an integrated curriculum, we will together explore how history impacts our lives as citizens, the world around us and how we as individuals impact history. We will examine a variety of themes related to the United States including social movements and problems, cultural developments, politics, economic development, immigration and migration, and the US as a world power. We will use a critical lens to analyze our history and how it is presented to us. We will consider diverse perspectives through the use of a variety of resources.
Priority standards:
This course will address the grade-level priorities available online at
Schedule of topics/units covered:
Schedule of topics/units covered:
Quarter 1: Native American History from pre-European conquest to present day, Colonial America, Revolutionary War and Constitution
Quarter 2: African American History, Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movement, Westward Expansion, Manifest Destiny, Mexican War
Quarter 3: Immigration, US Imperialism, Industrialization, Urban Growth, WWI, Roaring 20’s, Progressive Era, Depression
Quarter 4: New Deal, WWII, Cold War, Vietnam Conflict, Social Justice Movements, Counter Culture

Academic Vocabulary:
Imperialism, Colonialism ,Manifest Destiny, Reconstruction, Nativism,
Academic vocabulary:
Imperialism, Colonialism ,Manifest Destiny, Reconstruction, Nativism
District adopted materials:
History Alive: Pursuing American Ideals
Supplemental resources:
People's History of United States, Howard Zinn
Field trips, speakers, debates, role-plays, Atlas, Videos, Movies, readings, primary source documents
Differentiation/accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):
Pre/Post Tests, independent research projects, flexible groupings, tiered lessons, peer critiques, debates, role-plays, guided independent reading
Final proficiencies:
Students will demonstrate proficiency through essay and short answer tests, writing a persuasive essay, conducting role-plays, presentations, research projects.
Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):
  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Project-based Learning
Essential skills to be taught:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Think critically
  • Personal management and teamwork
  • Use technology
  • Civic and Community Engagement
  • Global Literacy
Essential skills to be assessed:
  • Read and comprehend
  • Write clearly and accurately
  • Listen actively and speak clearly
  • Use technology
Assessment/evaluation/grading policy:
Grading Scale:
A: 100-90%
B: 89-80 %
C: 79 – 70%
D: 69-60%
F: 59 and below
Students and their parents/guardians may access their current grades, assignment and or missing work, by using the website and putting in the classword and password given in class.
Behavioral expectations:
Classroom Expectations and Rules
• Respect yourself, fellow students and teacher through your actions and words and respect your property and the property of others.
• No Talking during instruction and everyone works.
• PARTICIPATE, keep a positive attitude and try your best
• Come to class everyday, on time, and prepared with pen, pencil, paper, homework, textbook, etc…)
• Follow all Jefferson High School rules and in addition, no cell phones to be used in class and electronic devices may be used at teacher discretion, etc.
Discipline policy
I believe that all students are capable of making good choices to enhance the learning environment of the classroom. When a student chooses to disrupt the learning environment (being tardy, off-task behavior, general rudeness…) they will receive an opportunity to correct their behavior. If the choice is made to continue being disruptive, the following discipline procedures will occur:
1. The first time, a verbal warning.
2. The second time: I will ask you to step out into the hall until you feel you can correct your behavior. You may return to class when you are ready. I will conference with you later in the hall or after class.
3. The third time, I will telephone your parent/guardian.
4. If you are unable to self manage your behavior so as not to disrupt the learning environment, I will send you out of the room with a referral to the dean’s office
Safety issues and requirements:

Approved by Margaret Calvert on 9/24/2008.