United States History

Text Book -- Pacemaker United States History by Globe Fearon


  • Course Title: U.S. History
  • San Lorenzo High School
  • Prep Period: xxxx
  • Grades: 10-12
  • Voice Mail: xxxxxx
  • Instructor: Mr. Rodrigues
  • E-Mail: xxxxxx
  • Teacher Website: www.jimrodslz.com
  • Failure is not an option (Hope Foundation)

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This course is a study of United States History from the industrial revolution to the present. A connection is developed between issues of the past, and their influence on the present. Emphasis is placed on the development of industry and westward expansion, World War I, the 1920's, the depression, World War II, the Communist threat and the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Civil Rights Movement, Viet Nam, the Space Race, and current issues facing today’s United States.


Units covered include: Americans Move West, Becoming a World Leader, Years of Uncertainty, The Unites States in Crisis, A Changing Society, Years of Change (1960-1975), Forward to the Future (1976-present)


  • 11.1 Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence.
  • 11.2 Students analyze the relationship among the rise of industrialization, large-scale rural-to-urban migration, and massive immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe.
  • 11.3 Students analyze the role religion played in the founding of America, its lasting moral, social, and political impacts, and issues regarding religious liberty.
  • 11.4 Students trace the rise of the United States to its role as a world power in the twentieth century.
  • 11.5 Students analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s.
  • 11.6 Students analyze the different explanations for the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government.
  • 11.7 Students analyze America's participation in World War II.
  • 11.8 Students analyze the economic boom and social transformation of post-World War II America.
  • 11.9 Students analyze U.S. foreign policy since World War II.
  • 11.10 Students analyze the development of federal civil rights and voting rights.
  • 11.11 Students analyze the major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society.


Text: United States History; Publisher: Globe Fearon

Laptops: This is an e-Learning class. Laptops will be assigned for classroom use only to all students who have a District Internet Permission Form on file with the school.

Software: MS Office, MS Publisher, MS FrontPage, and other software as it becomes available.

Internet: available only to those students who have District Internet Permission Form on file with the school. The Internet will be used extensively for research projects.

Videos: A variety of videos are used to supplement units taught in the program.

Supplemental materials: Assorted workbooks, textbooks, web sites and related materials as they become available are used throughout the course to supplement the curriculum.

Should you have any questions or concerns about any of the Instructional Materials used in this course, please contact me at the above referenced number or E-mail address.


Grades are based on total points achieved on assignments. A participation grade is issued daily, and is affected by absences and tardiness.

The grading scale used is: A 90 +%; B 80 - 89%; C 70 - 79%; D 60 - 69%; F 0 - 59%.

Late assignments are not accepted without prior approval.


Homework is periodically assigned along with specific due dates. Original work is expected (a zero grade is issued for copied work). Late assignments are not accepted without prior approval.


See school policy in Student Handbook.

Basic classroom policy:

Attendance and Punctuality

  • You are expected to be in class everyday.
  • You are expected to be to class on time everyday.
  • All absences must be excused as per school policy or they will be recorded as cuts.
  • Poor attendance or excessive tardiness may result in you receiving a poor grade in class, as you will miss assignments and classroom discussion.
  • Your daily in-class participation grade will also be affected.


Regarding absences and extenuating circumstances, see school policy in Student Handbook. Extra credit is periodically issued. (Students will not pass the class based solely on the completion of these assignments!)


Students are expected to come to class prepared to work. They will need a notebook, lined paper, pencils and pens daily.


NOTE: We follow school rules and policies in this classroom.

The following are not allowed in the classroom:

  • Not being prepared for class.
  • Being habitually tardy to class.
  • Being habitually absent.
  • Behavior of any sort that is considered disrespectful, rude, obnoxious, dangerous or offensive, or violates established school policy.
  • The use of hair spray, make-up, brushes combs, etc.
  • Writing on or tagging any school or other's personal property.
  • Chewing gum, eating or drinking in class without permission (School policy!).
  • Horseplay of any sort.
  • Using the telephone without permission.
  • Using your cell phone (per District policy).
  • Cheating on tests or copying assignments from someone else.
  • Using the computer or going onto the Internet without permission (including your assigned laptop).
  • Using a laptop other than the one assigned to you without permission of the instructor.
  • Allowing someone else to use your laptop without the permission of the instructor.
  • Violation of the District Internet policy or school laptop policy.


  • Before school detention (served the next day).
  • Referral to your counselor or a school administrator.
  • Possible loss of class.
  • Possible loss of laptop and/or computer use in the classroom.
  • Others as determined by teacher, counselor or administration.
  • Participation
  • Active participation in all class sessions and assignments is expected on a daily basis.
  • You are expected to ask for help when necessary.


For students who need extra help (or just a quiet place to get work done), SLz’s Study Center is open every day at lunch and after school till 5 pm. Teachers and peer tutors are always available to help with assignments, check out laptops, and sell school supplies. The Study Center is in room xx, which you can reach directly by calling 317-xxxx after 3:15.

Dear parents/guardians,

This class syllabus is for your review. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the referenced phone number or via e-mail. Also, should you have e-mail access, please send me a blank e-mail so that I can save your address. By doing so, I will be able to communicate directly with you on your student's progress.

Thank you, Mr. Rodrigues

Class: United States History

Period: __________

Student Name:_____________________________________________

Parent or Guardian Signature:______________________________________________

Parent or Guardian E-Mail address:______________________________________________

Please have your student return this form by Friday.