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Course Info and Requirements

History is what you make it. If you choose to think of history as a random collection of name and dates from the past, that will be its only use to you. However, if you choose to apply the lessons and skills that you will discover in this course, you will be prepared to take advantage of opportunities that you will encounter in your lifetime.

In this course, we will focus on the major themes and concepts essential to understanding American economic, political and social institutions. We emphasize analytical writing, interpreting historical documents, developing both written and oral communications skills, understanding cause and effect relationships, discovering the significance of people, places and events impacting US history, and applying historical principles in today's world.


I. Attendance - The NVHS Attendance Policies are followed. You may be dropped from this course after three (3) unexcused or twelve (12) cumulative absences.

II. Responsibility - You are responsible for any and all work missed due to excused absences. Work missed due to unexcused absences will receive an automatic zero. Late work can receive at most half (50%) credit. No late work in a unit of study is accepted after that unit's test.

III. Preparation - Completion of homework assignments and readings is essential. Being prepared gives you the opportunity to succeed on tests and quizzes. Not being prepared leads to poor performance and missing assignments.

IV. Participation - You are expected to participate in discussions and group work, answer when called upon and be attentive to material being presented.

V. Respect - Respect the opinions and input of your classmates, their goals and the goals of the teacher.

VI. Pride - Autograph everything you do with excellence! Take ownership of the things you produce, the knowledge you acquire and the skills you learn.

VII. Honesty - The NVHS Academic Honesty Policy is followed.
Read it. Know it.


Grading Scale
A=91-100     B=81-90     C=71-80      D=65-70     F=64 and below

Course Syllabus

I. 1st Quarter

A. The Constitution
B. Minorities *
C. Innovations *

II. 2nd Quarter

A. Chicago *
B. Reform *
C. Imperialism and World War I

*Thematic Units

III. 3rd Quarter

A. The 1920s
B. FDR and the Great Depression
C. World War II

IV. 4th Quarter

A. Post-War America
B. Vietnam
C. Civil Rights
D. The Sixties