US History

Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School

American History after1877, Eleventh Grade

Ms. Teresa Baxley                                       

Text: Appleby & all, The American Vision, Chapters 16 – 34

Course Description:

          American History is a course designed to challenge students to ask broad questions about the American past and present. History employs sources to acquire facts about the past that help explore continuity and change and how humans react to challenges. History also examines the relationship between humans and their respective cultures, geography, political and social structures, economies, and religions. American History considers the interactions and themes between comparative and contrasting societies, within the framework of North America. The skills learned in American History (analytical and critical reading/thinking/writing and argumentation) are skills needed for success in future educational endeavors.


          To successfully learn history one must think, not simply remember facts. Objectives are broadly defined; students will be able to:

  • Employ chronology as a tool to analyze the flow of events over time.
  • Distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary source evidence.
  • Analyze sources for appropriateness, audience, credibility, and bias.
  • Interpret events in historical perspective.
  • Contextualize events in time and place.


          During the semesters, students will be assessed in a variety of ways:

  • Quizzes will be based on readings and will be spread over the entire year.
  • Exams will be administered at designated times.
  • Students will present a “Moment in History” project during the 3rd nine-weeks. A handout will be given concerning the project.
  • Students are required to read an extra book both 1st and 2nd nine-week grading period.
    • During the first nine-weeks: Black No More by George Schuyler
    • 2nd nine=weeks: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck OR The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
    • Students will be required to write different forms of papers on these books, including but not limited to, book review, book report, or critical analysis.
    • The work done on these books are major grades and will be worth 100 points each.
  • These books can be checked out from the school library, but only a few copies are available. PARENTS: Please order these books as soon as possible so your student does not fall behind. They can be purchased used online or from former Baxley US History students.
  • The final Project for the year is a presentation on culture of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Rubrics will be provided.
  • Additionally, minor projects will be assigned within different units of study.


          As a critical thinking course, students are expected to engage in discussion and raise questions in class. In this class I expect students to ask questions, answer questions, and actively participate. Constructive active participation can, and will, help your grade.

Course Materials/Requirements:

  • Required materials: Assigned textbook, vinyl notebook, paper, blue/black ink pens, small headphones, highlighters, pencils, and a flash drive.
  • Attend daily and ON TIME! Be in your seat ready to work when the bell rings.
  • Any assigned homework is due on the date specified and NO late homework will be accepted with the exception of an excused absence. (See MPS policies)
  • A minimum of one major project is given for each nine-weeks, NOT including assigned books. Projects will require work outside the classroom.

    Academic Integrity: Plagiarism

              Brew Tech is an academic community that honors integrity and respect for others. As a member of this intellectual community it is expected that you will maintain a high level of personal integrity in your academic performance and respect for other’s’ work at all times. Academic dishonesty is the failure to maintain academic integrity. Academic dishonesty includes the intentional or unintentional presentation of another’s idea or product as one’s own (plagiarism) and/or the use or attempt to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise or doing work for another student (cheating). All academic work submitted by you should be original work!


  • Tests/Moment in History/Research Paper/Projects65%
  • Classwork/Quizzes30%
  • Homework 5%

All work must be submitted on time! Failure to do so will result in a letter grade reduction for every class day late!

MAKE-UP WORK: If you are absent, it is the STUDENT’’S responsibility to arrange with the teacher for make-up work, including exams with an excused absence. A zero is entered for missed work until it is completed. A student has 3 days to make-up a missed exam after an EXCUSED absence. Projects assigned prior to the absence are due the DAY the student returns to school!

Student Behavior:

  • Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional, courteous, and respectful manner.
  • Students must place all cell phones face down on the computer CPU!
    • They may only be used as teacher allows…ask first!
  • Students must come to class prepared to work with the supplies ready to do so.
  • All students must follow school dress codes!
  • All students must follow MPS policies!

I am available for tutoring Monday through Thursday from 8 to 8:30am and 3:30 to 4pm. PLEASE ask if you need any assistance!