Course Description

United States History is one of three Social Studies courses required for graduation.  By the end of the course, you should have a thorough understanding of the events and trends that have shaped American History, as will be able to explain current events in this context.  There will be a final exam at the end of the semester


Grading Policy

The grade for each marking period will be calculated as follows:

50%--tests and quizzes (12 unit tests plus weekly quizzes; major projects may also count)

30%--classwork and homework (any daily activities and written homework—includes participation in classroom activities)

20%--notebook  (daily bellringer journals and activities as well as organization of notes, handouts, returned work, tests, etc.)  SEE ATTACHED RUBRIC


The final course grade will be calculated as follows:

1st quarter—40%

2nd quarter—40%

Final Exam—20%


All work turned in late will result in a loss of 10% credit for each day it is late.  Failure to make up the work within a reasonable period of time will result in a failing grade.  However, the only way to make a 0 on an assignment is not to do it.


Absences, Make-Up Work, and Extra Credit

Students are required to make up all assignments following absences.  It is your responsibility to keep track of your assignments.  If you are going to be absent for more than one day, I can send assignments home so as to minimize the workload when you return to school.


Students have three days to make up work after an absence.  If a student is absent on the day an assignment is due, then it is due the day they return.  Unexcused absences result in a failing grade for assignments missed.  Students who are assigned to either in school or out of school suspension must complete all assignments that have been provided for them.


Guilford County Schools’ attendance policy states that students who have more than three absences in a marking period must make up time for that course.  Failure to do so will result in a grade no higher than 69% for that marking period.  This counts for excused or unexcused absences.


Extra Credit work will be given occasionally.  Students may also suggest ideas for extra credit work related to the subject being studied.  Please note that extra credit grades are only given to students who have completed all regular work.



Tutoring will take place after school on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 4:00—5:15.  Specific days are to be announced.  Students who remain after school will be required to remain with the teacher until 5:15, unless they are immediately leaving campus.  Tutorial sessions may count as make-up time for excessive absences.Times and dates will be announced later in the semester.




Goal 1:  The Nation at Risk (1789-1820)  5 days

Goal 2:  Nationalism and Sectionalism (1801-1850)  6 days

Goal 3:  Civil War and Reconstruction (1848-1877)  6 days

Goal 4:  The Old West and Populism (1860-1896)  4 days

Goal 5:  Industry and Big Business (1877-1900)  6 days

Goal 7:  The Progressive Era (1890-1914)  6 days

Goal 6:  Imperialism (1890-1914)  4 days

Goal 8:  The Great War (1914-1930) 4 days

Goal 9:  Boom and Bust (1919-1939)  6 days

Goal 10:  World War II and the Cold War (1930-1963)  7 days

Goal 11:  Civil Rights and Vietnam (1945-1980)  7 days

Goal 12:  Modern US (1973-present)  5 days



Parent-Teacher Contact

Student progress reports will be sent home every three weeks.  I am available to speak with parents and students at any time.  My phone number is 294-7300, and my e-mail is goodwid@gcsnc.com.  Conferences may be arranged through the Guidance Councilors’ offices.



BELLRINGERS (BRs):  This assignment begins the minute class starts.  Spend 10 to 15 minutes writing a response to the open ended question on the board.  You must write out the question and the date.  These will be used to preview or review knowledge from the class.  All BRs are kept on a separate sheet of paper until Friday when the set for the week is turned in.  They should be between ½-1page in length.  Be sure to address every part of the question.

IDENTIFICATIONS (IDs):  You will be given a list of terms.  Write a 1-2 sentence response explaining what or who the item is and its importance to the current subject.  These must be in your own words.

SHORT ESSAY (ESSAY):  Write a summary essay on the topic given.  These should be clearly organized and between ½-1 page in length.

ROLE-PLAY ESSAY (RP ESSAY):  You will write a ½-1 page letter as if you were a member of a given group within a historical time period.  The letter should show that you as a writer understand what was going on during the time period, but it should not be a list of what happened.  The info must be given in a “natural” way as part of your character’s letter.

SIDE BE SIDE/TALE O THE TAPE:  Used to compare and contrast two ideas.  Create a two columned graphic organizer and label each side.  Specific  comparisons between the two ideas covered are entered into the chart directly across from one another.

GROUP VISUALS:  The occasional group presentation will require a group visual.  These must always be readable from the back of the class, contain the main ideas to be covered, and include images or graphics in order to be visually exciting.

BULLIT NOTES AND CORNELL NOTES:  Both of these are sample ways to take notes based on your reading.  While it is required that you take notes, the style you use if up to you.  You may use either, or a combination of both.

Bullit notes—take between 1-2 lines on notes per paragraph.  More than 1 idea can be fit on a line of notes.  You may use abbrev. and incomplete sentences b/c these R for U, but U must be able to understand what U have written.  (NEVER write like that for official assignments)

Cornell notes—make 2 columns on your note sheet

NOTEBOOKS:  These will require a 3-ring binder.  It should be at least 3” thick.  Notebooks will be organized by goal/unit. (12 total)  Each unit will begin with a preview sheet, and include all handouts, notes, homework, and bellringers in order of information given.  The Unit section of the notebook will end with the study guide and test for the unit.  The Notebook must also have a supply of paper, writing utensils, and a highlighter.