American Studies A & B - Craig
Course Outline and Grading Policy
My Philosophy and Teaching emphasis - This course is an American history survey course
from late Westward Expansion to the present. Part A ends during the Great Depression of the
1930’s, and Part B begins at that point. Students are expected to complete most textbook reading
at home as part of their homework. In addition to the normal text we will read supplementary
materials, which will consist of primary documents and historic essays offering other points of
view. Students will also view films, primarily documentaries. I expect you to take notes from all
films, and highlight and take notes from all supplementary materials. Test questions will be
drawn from all sources, including lectured material. My emphasis is on understanding the
historical process, grasping the development of core American democratic values, and analyzing
problems in American society. Knowing the dates and facts are not enough. I expect students to
be able to take their knowledge and apply it to historical analysis and link historical issues to
problems in American society today.
CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS: I treat students like young adults. You are old enough to
understand expectations and consequences of your actions. You are expected to know your
responsibilities and complete your work without having to be reminded.
ATTENDANCE AND TARDIES: Students are responsible for all material presented in
class whether they are in attendance or not. The classroom may be locked after the start
of class. Tardy students must wait quietly in the hall for admittance into the class.
Excessive absences and/or tardiness will result in an attendance contract.
TEST MAKE-UP POLICY: If you miss a test (one-day absences) you will take the test
the next day, during class time, in the classroom. If you are absent more than one day
and miss a test, you will have a set number of days to take the make-up test in the Testing
Center before school. For example, with a 2-day absence, you must take the test within
the first two mornings upon return to school. Failure to take a make-up test in a timely
fashion will result in a score for the test 10% lower than the lowest score achieved by all
students who took the test.
HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework is due on the day assigned for full credit. Every
student will receive one “freebie” for a missed homework assignment of up to 15 points
during the trimester. Two additional late assignments may be graded at 50% if properly
completed within two days of the due date. After that, all late or missing assignments
shall be graded as a “0”.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES: all electronic devices are to be stored out of sight and turned
off. This includes cell phones, Ipods, and any device that can access the Internet.
Exceptions may be made for Ipods at the discretion of the instructor. Devices, which are
visible, which ring, or are otherwise used during class in violation of this policy, shall be
CHEATING AND PLAGARISM: All incidents will be reported to the administration.
At a minimum, the student will receive a “0” on the test or assignment in question.
Plagarism and cheating may result in an academic misconduct being recorded on the
Grading will be on a point system with each test or assignment being valued at a set number of
points. Typically homework will be worth 10 points, quizzes will be worth 20+ and tests will be
worth 50+. These numbers will vary from assignment to assignment. Missing an assignment will
result in 0 points and can damage your overall grade rather quickly. If you are absent it is your
responsibility to make up work in a timely fashion according to your Seaholm Student Hand
Book guidelines. For a one day absence, you will be expected to make up any missed assignment
your first day back in class. This applies to tests, quizzes, and homework.
Class participation is a vital component of your learning. I expect students to participate in
class discussion, ask questions, and be prepared to answer questions when called upon. Ten
percent of your trimester grade/points will be based on your class participation. I keep a running
tally of who participates and who is prepared.
A semester final exam will be given that covers all units of study from the first week of the
course. Keeping all handouts and a notebook of lecture notes and assignments is a key first step
to being able to study for your final exam. Your final exam will count for 15% of your trimester
Instructor Contact – My E-Mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org I prefer E-Mail to
phone calls. Assignments are posted on schoolnotes.com. Go to the site, type in the Seaholm zip
code, 48009, and then click on Craig. Students who are absent are expected to check the website
for missed assignments.
Extra Help – Students can come in for extra help during my free X block.
TESTING OUT FOR CREDIT
A student wishing to test out of Government to earn credit for graduation must complete the
1. Take the final exam and score at least 78%
2. Complete any assigned projects or papers.
3. Turn in a notebook demonstrating that they have read the primary text for the course.
There should be approximately one page of notes for every section in The Americans text.
The Major Units of Study
American History A
1. Westward Expansion and the Clash with Native Americans
2. The Industrial Revolution, Immigration and Urban Growth
3. The Progressive Era
4. American Foreign Policy in the Age of Imperialism
5. World War I
6. American Prosperity and Social Changes of the 1920’s
7. The Great Depression and the New Deal
American History B
1. World War II
2. Cold War Conflicts and America’s New Role as a World Leader
3. Social Transformations in Post War America
4. The Civil Rights Movement and Social Change in 1960’s America
5. The Vietnam War
6. Nixon, Watergate, and American Doubts
7. The Conservative Revolution
8. Globalization and the American Economy