Syllabus and Class Rules

Minarets High School
United States History Syllabus

Mr. Lewis, Instructor
2010/2011School Year
School Number: 559-868-8689 ext. 602
Cell Number: 559-355-6548
School Email:

Please note that I reserve the right to make additions or subtractions to the syllabus as required.

Course Description

Over the next year, we will examine significant events, movements, and patterns that have helped shape the modern world. While our emphasis will be on the 19th and 20th centuries, we will delve deeper into history to connect modern forms of democracy, culture, and conflict to their historical roots.

Our textbook is The California Free Digital Textbook ( and will be augmented with various other digital and printed material


In this class, you will:
Identify the effects of new and old ideas on major eras and link them to modern modes of thought.
Identify the imprint of the World on the United States, and identify the imprint of the United States on the World.
Develop an understanding of current US problems and relate them to their historic, geographic, cultural, political, and economic contexts.
Trace the founding and development of democracy and its impact.
Examine the age old struggle of humankind to achieve freedom, fight oppression, overcome tremendous barriers, and their failures and successes.

Homework, Class Work, General Projects – Includes everything but tests and quizzes. Homework, class work, daily journals, and any general projects. It is the student’s responsibility to keep work for and from for each unit. Under certain conditions, with instructor approval, late assignments will be accepted for partial credit. Participation in class will be considered in this category.
Quizzes, Unit Tests, Semester Exam – Quizzes and tests will be given regularly and at the end of each unit. Evaluation of some units will be through a project. A final project and/or examination will be given to all students at the conclusion of the semester.

Grading Scale
The grading schedule is as follows:

A 96% - 100%
A- 90% - 95%
B+ 87% - 89%
B 83% - 86%
B- 80% - 82%
C+ 77% - 79%
C 73% - 76%
C- 70% - 72%
D+ 67% - 69%
D 63% - 66%
D- 60% - 62%
F 0% - 59%

Cheating in ANY form will not be tolerated. Your first offense will result in an automatic “0” on the quiz, exam, or homework assignment in question as well as a referral. Additional offenses will result in further discipline deemed appropriate by the instructor and/or the administration.

Many assignments are completed in class only and cannot be made up if you are absent. BE IN CLASS! Excessive absences will affect your grade.
If you are absent, you are responsible for finding out what you missed. Ask another student or ask the teacher.

Behavioral and Classroom Expectations
Be in the classroom PRIOR TO the tardy bell.
Come to class PREPARED and ready to learn.
DO NOT pack up your things before the bell rings, unless advised to do so.
Pick up after yourself – and others. Our classroom (and our school) is a place we need to take pride in. If you see trash, pick it up. If something is out of place, return it to the right place.
I expect you to act appropriately and maturely. Know that I am not here to pick on you, nor do I have time to nag you unnecessarily. If I give you a direction, I expect you to follow it without argument. Any questions or problems can be discussed privately before or after class.

Consequences of Misbehavior

These are some of the possible consequences. They will be assigned based upon the situation, severity of the violation, and history of misbehavior. I reserve the right to add or subtract consequences as necessary. (This list is not exhaustive and not ranked in order.) 1) Warning, 2) Seat change, 3) Asked to leave the classroom, or 4) Call home and/or referral

Materials you need to bring to class every day
Yourself (attend class every day)
Your laptop
A writing instrument (pen or Pencil)
binder or notebook if it helps to write notes

Major Units of Study
The Colonial Period
The War for Independence
The US, 1783 – 1836
The Ante-bellum US, and the Civil War and Reconstruction
From Reconstruction to the Progressive Era
The Progressive Era to the 1920s
World War I
The Great Depression
World War II
The Cold War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War
The Domestic History of the US Since 1945