• United States History Course Syllabus



    Course Study

    Students in grade eleven study major turning points that shaped the United States, from before the founding of The United States through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to The United States. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand The United States from a variety of perspectives. (CA State Standard for Teaching)



    America’s Journey Continuity and Change in the Twentieth Century

    Goldfield, Abbot, Anderson, Argersinger, Argersinger, Barney, Weir


    Major Units of Study

    (Tentative Schedule; Subject to Change)

    Fall Semester: A New South, Industrial Revolution, Immigrants & Urbanization, The Progressive Era, Imperialism, WWI; Review & Finals

    Spring Semester: The Roaring 20’s, The Great Depression, The New Deal; Pre-WWII, WWII; Cold War & Fall of USSR, Post War Boom, Civil Rights, The Vietnam War, An Era of Social Change; Review & Finals



    Grading Scale

    90 – 100%            A

    80 – 89%               B

    70 – 79%               C

    60 – 69%               D

    0 – 59%                 F

    • In order to receive high school credit (for graduation), you need to earn a D or higher. However, universities will only give credit for a class with a grade of C or higher. 

    Attendance / Promptness

    Because each class begins with a warm-up activity, students are expected to be in their seats prior to the bell, and begin the warm-up immediately. In addition to the school’s policies regarding tardies, students who are late, and do not have an excused note, will loose participation points for the semester.  Student’s can earn up to 15 points for the semester/ simply for showing up on time.  If they are tardy three or more times, they will lose all of the 15 points.  Every tardy is worth 5 points.


    Make-up Work

    • Late assignments (unless the student has an excused absence, see next paragraph) may be turned in within one class meeting of the due date for half the points that would have been earned if the assignment would have been completed on time. All other late work is accepted only up until we begin a new chapter. This penalty will apply regardless of the reason the assignment is late (e.g.. computer malfunction), so plan accordingly and do not get behind in your work.
    • If you have an excused absence, you must submit make-up work within one day of your return from the absence to avoid the late penalty.
    • Tests and quizzes may be made up only following an excused absence, and must be completed during a time designated by the teacher
    • Extra Credit must be turned in on or before the date it is due. Extra Credit will not be accepted late. No exceptions.


    Bathroom Passes

    It is the policy of VMHS that passes are used for emergency bathroom use only. It is to the teacher’s discretion if/when a school pass will be issued to a student. Students need to learn how to prioritize their time outside of the classroom.


    Cell Phones & Electronic Devices

    There will be absolutely no cell phone usage in the classroom. All cell phones will be turned off and put away while in the classroom; cell phones will be confiscated if they are visible or are in use. If a parent needs to get in touch with a student, the parent can contact the office and a message can be delivered to the classroom. No CD players/I-Pods/electronic devices are permitted. If a student is listening to music or playing a game, the device will be confiscated. School rules display the following consequences for electronic devices: First offense—warning; Second offense—device is taken for the remainder of the day, the student may pick it up in his/her counselor’s office after school; Third offense - Saturday School, and the device will be given back to the parent; Fourth Offense- two day suspension, and the device will be given back to the parents at the end of the semester.


    Food & Drinks

    In compliance with VMHS’ Code of Conduct, food and drinks are not permitted in the classroom. Only bottled water that is capped will be permitted. Starbucks, sodas, and food will be properly disposed in the trash can upon entry into the classroom.


    Supplies / Format Requirements

    Students are required by VMHS to come to class prepared to learn. To be prepared for this class, all students must bring a pen and pencil, paper, and 3-ring binder. The binder needs to have five sections: 1. Journal Entries, 2. Terms  3. Notes & handouts, 4. Returned homework, 5. Tests, Quizzes/ Projects

    Any formatting requirements (e.g.. research paper) need to be followed. If a student fails to do so, points will be taken off their score.



    The moment students walk into the classroom, the highest standards for good citizenship are expected of them. These standards can be summed up with one word: RESPECT. Students should exhibit respect for the teacher, their fellow classmates, the classroom, and most importantly themselves in all they do and say. While it entails a great deal, it primarily means you attempt to do the right thing at all times. This applies especially to respecting the right of the teacher to do the best job possible teaching you and the right of other students to learn in the best possible environment. Additionally, students must follow the specific rules/consequences and procedures as outlined.


    Classroom Guidelines

    Together, we will make this class a positive learning experience!

    1. Bring all needed materials to class
    2. Be in your seat and ready to begin when the bell rings
    3. Respect and be polite to all people
    4. Speak at appropriate times, using appropriate voice and language
    5. Respect other people’s property
    6. Follow all school rules


    Disciplinary Actions

    In order for the teacher to do the best job possible teaching you, disciplinary procedures will be enforced. The consequences of inappropriate behavior include (but are not limited to): student/teacher conference, OCD (on campus detention), sentences, behavior essay, parent/teacher communication, student/parent/administrator conference, Saturday School, suspension, expulsion.