American History 

Coach Young


Welcome Back!! I hope you had a great summer and are ready to get back to school and have a great time learning new things and seeing old friends. The following are some suggestions to increase the likelihood of your success in my class this year. Follow these suggestions and I can guarantee you’ll have a fun and exciting year while learning at the same time.

Class Rules:

  1. Be on time and prepared.
  2. Listen while others are talking.
  3. Respect other students, teachers and property.
  4. Provide effort.


Your textbook will be assigned by Coach Young.  You will be required to bring this textbook to class with you each day.

 Materials (supplied by student)

  • paper
  • pen or pencil

Students will not  be required to keep a notebook in this class, but will be encouraged to keep one on their own.  They should keep all notes and graded papers in this notebook.  By keeping this information, they will always have access to papers in case there is a problem with their grades or assignments.  No adjustments will be made to grades at the end of the nine weeks unless students can produce their papers and show evidence that there was a mistake in grading or recording of the grade.


II. Course Format

The structure of this course is designed to prepare students for other higher level History classes and also for college History classes in the future..  The material will be presented in various formats, ranging from lecture, discussion, exploration, and the use of technology.  Also, students will at times be expected to work in groups on projects and assignments, do some independent study outside the classroom, and other types of learning models.

III.  Tests and Quizzes

Tests- Students will be tested regularly in this class.  These tests, not to exceed one (1) per week, will consist of several combinations of the following:

1.      Matching

2.      Fill in the Blank

3.      Multiple Choice

4.      True/False

5.      Short Answer

6.      Essay- classic 5 paragraph style

Quizzes- Students will be taking quizzes at various times throughout the class.  Quizzes can be either announced or unannounced, but will always be based on material and information that the students have been taught in class.  No quiz or test will ever be counted toward a grade if students have not been given prior instruction on the material.

IV.  Final Exam

There will be a final exam for this class.  The content of the final exam can be comprehensive in nature.  Any material covered throughout the semester can be included in the test.

V.  Other Assignments

Essays-  Essays will be a key part of daily assignments during this class.  Improving the students written expression and ability to write is essential for success at the college level.  These essays will be standard 5 paragraph essays most of the time, however, the instructor reserves the right to change the format at any time.

VI.  Grading Policy

Grades are based on a point system.  Each assignment will have a point value.  At the end of each 9 weeks, points achieved will be divided by the number of points possible for each student and a grade is determined.  The grading scale is as follows:
A:  90-100%
B:  80-89%
C:  70-79%
D:  60-69%
F:  59 and below


VII.  Work Handed in Late

In most cases, students will be allowed to hand in assignments no matter how late during the nine weeks grading period they are.  The exception is that no work will be taken late during the final week of the nine weeks grading period.  Points will be deducted from all late assignments based on the amount of tardiness for the assignment (usually 10 points because the work is late and no more than 5 points per day above that).  After the make-up work/late work date for any nine weeks grading period has passed, no late work or make-up work will be accepted for that nine weeks period.


VIII.  Classroom Expectations

  • Bring materials to class:  paper, pencil, calculator, etc.
  • Be respectful of others
  • When others are talking, remain quiet and listen.
  • Listen to and follow directions.
  • Do not skip class or cut class.
  • No food or drink (except bottled water) will be allowed in the classroom.  This includes gum, mints, and candies.
  • Be respectful when visitors are present in the classroom.
  • Treat substitute teachers with respect.
  • Obey all school rules.
  • Get your make-up work whenever you are absent from class.
  • Get to class on time and be in the classroom ready to work when the tardy bell rings.
  • Do not disturb class or disrupt the learning environment.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Only one student is allowed to be on the floor at one time, except in lab situations.
  • Be honest.  Cheating and copying will not be allowed.

Aug 24:  Current Event written in class.

Aug 27-29:  Native American Multimedia Project.

Students will research the Native American groups who  inhabited the land in North America.  They will choose a tribe and focus on their history, crops raised, territory inhabited, their culture, rituals, and famous tribe members, etc.

With a partner, students are to choose three forms of media to create.  Students will share their presentations in class on Wednesday.  You may choose three from the list below:

 1.  Create a powerpoint

 2.  Create a website

 3.  Share a small video clip under 3 minutes.

 4.  Make a poster.

 5.  Write a poem.

 6.  Create a collage.

 7.  Write and sing a rap.

 8.  Make a 2-3 minute speech.

 9.  Write a 2-3 page essay.

10.  Construct a diorama.

September 13th: Unit 1 content with Kahoot and Khan Academy. 

September 18th:  Explorer Quiz.

September 19th:  Explorer Baseball Card Project.

September 21st:  Chapter test today.

September 27th:  Postcard Project.

October 5th:  Pg. 17-18 Handout.

October 12th:  Colonization of the Americas test.


2nd Quarter - October 15th:

Thirteen Colonies:  Project later this week where students will develop a travel brochure in an attempt to entice peoplpe to come to their colony to live:  1) New England Colony, 2)  Middle Colony, and 3)  Southern Colony.  Students have an assessment rubric.

November 2nd:  Thirteen Colonies test.

November 5-12:  French and Indian War.

November 13th:  French and Indian War Test.

November 14-29:  Events Leading up to the Revolutionary War.

November 30th:  Chapter 6 Test.

December 3-5:  Political Cartoon Project.

December 6th-December 12th:  Revolutionary War.

December 14th:  Chapter 7 Revolutionary War test.

December 17th:  Review for 1st Semester Exam.

December 19-20:  1st Semester American History exam given.

3rd Quarter:

Articles of Confederation:  Strengths and Weaknesses, Land Ordinances, and Shays Rebellion.