•  US History Syllabus

    Civil War to the Modern Age

    Mr. Small


    DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDELINES: You will be required to follow all MCPS / Forest High School policies and procedures for distance learning.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to help the student understand their connection to the development of United States by examining the past to prepare for their future as participating members of American society. Topics will include history, geography, economics and political processes, religion, diverse cultures and humanities.

    The most important thing to remember in this class is “Don’t Quit”


    U.S. History Post Civil War:

    •Reconstruction and its Aftermath

    •Manifest Destiny

    •The Western Frontier

    •The Growth of Industry (The 2nd Industrial Revolution

    •The New Immigrants

    •Urbanization & Cultural Transformation

    •The Progressive Era

    •U.S. Imperialism

    •World War I

    •The Jazz Age/Roaring Twenties

    •FDR & the Great Depression

    •World War II

    •The Cold War

    •The Civil Rights Era

    •Vietnam Era

    •Modern America, the Search for Stability, & New Challenges




    1.Spiral notebook

    2.black or dark blue ink pen



    5.textbook: The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century / Gateway to US History


                    Tests/Projects = 40%                          Classwork/Quizzes = 50%                 Homework = 10%             

                    A = 90 – 100, B = 80 – 89, C = 70 – 79, D = 60 – 69, F = 0 – 59 


    CLASSROOM GUIDELINES: Classroom behavior will be governed by the following policies. These are intended as guidelines to help build a sense of community and cooperation within the classroom

    1.Be where you are supposed to be

    2.When you are supposed to be there

    3.Doing what you are supposed to be doing

    4.To the best of your ability


    Behavior issues in class will be handled in a progressive manner.

                    1st offense – Student will be given the chance to take responsibility for the behavior and change it as needed

                    2nd offense – Contact to parent/guardian will be made through phone call or email

                    3rd offense – Referral to administrator

    Extreme behavior issues will be referred to an administrator immediately



    1. Head your papers correctly: name, date & class period in the upper right hand corner.  The title of the assignment goes on the first line.

    2. Cell phone policy: They are to be turned OFF and put away in a bag/backpack.  There is no unauthorized use of electronics in the classroom. If you are caught using it during a quiz or test, you will also receive a zero (0).

    3. If you are absent on a test day, you must make it up with in one week of your return to class. If you wish to re-take a test or quiz, you may do so during Cat.

    4. When you are absent YOU are responsible for obtaining the necessary make-up work. You may get the class notes from another student, visit my page on the school’s website, or see me at a scheduled time. I will NOT be available to give you the necessary make-up work during the regular class time.

    5. All homework and classwork will be completed in your notebook, unless otherwise instructed. You must have your notebook every day in class.

    6. Late Work. You will receive a “0” for missing work. The “0” will be removed from your gradebook when the assignment is turned in.

    7. There is no food allowed in the classroom unless otherwise given permission. Drinks are allowed but must be in a sealed container like a plastic bottle or insulated tumbler. No open containers.

    8. Getting to class on time is important. Being late to class will result in consequences. The third tardy within a 9 week period will result in a phone call to a parent. 4th tardy will result in a referral. All tardies after the fourth during a quarter will result in a referral.