• 11th Grade US History Syllabus

    Mr. Brennan

    Teacher Contact Info:

    Mr. Timothy C. Brennan

    Email: tcb21@scasd.org

    Phone: 814-272-4697

    Course Title:  United States History 1870 - Present


    Course Number:  Y500

    Course Description: This year-long 11th grade course is designed to provide students with a general understanding of the American experience in the 20th century.  Students will examine past historical experiences as a tool for developing proposed solutions to current and practical American problems.  Included in the course is a strong emphasis on social, political, economic and contemporary issues.  A heavy emphasis is placed on individual and small-group projects.  A majority of the course requirements will be fulfilled during class time. Students will be expected to read, write and speak throughout the year with a strong emphasis on literacy skills particularly reading and interpreting primary sources from American history.  

    Course Textbook: Lapsansky-Werner, Emma J., Peter B. Levy, Randy Roberts, and Alan Taylor.United States History: Reconstruction to the Present. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2013. Print.

    Units Taught:







    Course Layout:

    Class Website - All class materials including Bell Ringer, Objectives, Ticket Out, Current Event Article Summary Schedule, CQ Researcher Summary and Opinion Article, Projects and Readings are accessible through the class calendar found on the class website - https://www.scasd.org/Page/18122.  Students are encouraged to check the class website prior to that day's lesson and expected to check and complete all daily assignments if absent.

    Section Quiz- Chapter quizzes will given at the end of each chapter/topic.  This can be of a verbal, multiple choice, short answer, essay or project based assessment.  


    Unit Project- A project will be assigned for each chapter/unit.  Projects may include group work, reading and/or writing assignments, multimedia presentations, etc. An outline of all projects will be introduced in class by the teacher with hands out and examples.



    Classroom Folder- The purpose of the folder is to help students with organizational skills.  The folder will include all handouts, notes, and worksheets that have been completed in class.  Any current event worksheets and CQ Researcher must also be kept in the classroom folder. Students are encouraged to take their workbook home to share with parent(s)/guardian(s) and to use as a study guide.  However, folders will be kept in the classroom at all times unless permission has been given otherwise.  Students must let the teacher know when they plan to take the workbook home to study or share with parents.

    Homework- Homework may consist of watching the news, reflecting on current topics covered in class or researching background information about topics covered the next day.  Any assignment that is not completed in the given class time is considered homework.  Homework will be due the next day.

    Current Event- Each student will be responsible for presenting a current event to the class each marking period; four times throughout the year.  This includes a copy of the article, can be hard copy or web link, a 8-10 sentence summary/opinion of the article and a verbal presentation to the class. Current Event Article Summary can be found on the class website.  

    CQ Researcher Article Summary- Throughout the year past events will be connected to current events.  Students will be responsible for reading current event articles, including pros and cons, and writing a summary and their personal opinion.  CQ Researcher Article Summary and Opinion Assignments are found on the class website and class calendar.

    Participation- We will be doing in-class activities throughout the school year.   A large part of student's’ grade is participation and completion of in-class activities.  Participation also includes classroom behavior and the student’s ability to follow rules, in addition to active participation in class.

    Absences- Students are responsible for finding out what information, activities, assignments, etc. they have missed. Students must make up assignments within the SCASD policy set time period.  Unless a student missed instruction prior to a test, he or she will take the test the first day back to school (during class or study hall). Students must also present their Current Event Article Summary on their first day back to school.  Students may check the calendar on the class website at any time to see missed material. All materials will be available and accessible on the class website with a SCASD User ID.   

    Student Make Up Work Procedure
    In the event that a student is absent from class the student will make arrangements to submit his/her work, take a test/quiz, and get assignments that were missed.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to check teacher websites and / or contact the teacher for work. Students are expected to make up all work missed within a time period not to exceed the total number of days absent from that specific class. Thereafter, a 10% deduction may be taken for each class meeting day the assignment / assessment is late following the student’s absence from class.
      • Example: Student is out Monday (A), Tuesday (B), and Wednesday (A). Student will get A day work on Friday, and it will be due two classes later on Thursday. Student will get B day work on Thursday, and it will be due Monday.
      • Students are strongly encouraged to make up missed work and keep up with assignments while they are out.
      • Extensions may be given at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
    • Unexcused Absences
    If a student cuts class and is unaccounted for in the attendance system, s/he cannot earn higher than half of the credit that was earned for the assignment.  The assignment/assessment is due the class period that the student returns to class.  

    Late Work
    It is the expectation that all students will turn in assignments on the given due date.  Late work is an assignment not turned in by the established due date/class period.  Students have up to three class periods past the due date to turn in a late assignment.  Ten percent will be deducted for each class period that the assignment is late.  A student who turns in the assignment more than three class periods past the due date will receive half of the credit that they earned on the assignment.  In order to receive credit for late work a student must turn in any late work one week prior to the end of the marking period in which the assignment was given.

    Behavior- Students are expected to follow all school rules during class and throughout the day.  This includes contributing to a positive respectful learning environment and appropriate school conduct including plagiarism.  Please refer to the class website for more information regarding plagiarism.


    SCHS Bathroom Procedures
    The bathroom procedures are in place for the safety of students. Should you need more allowances, please speak with individual teachers, administration, or counselors. We are here to support you.

    ● We discourage trips during class/instructional periods, but if you find it necessary to use the restroom, please try to minimize your time away from class and return within five minutes (with exceptions, of course)
    ● 1 student may leave the room at a time
    ● Students must sign out on the yellow sheet, sign back in, and take pass
    ● Students should use the closest appropriate bathroom to their assigned classroom

    Grade Calculation – All work assigned in my class, is evaluated by points earned out of points possible.   

    A-   90%+

    B-   80% - 89%

    C-   70% - 79%

    D-   60 – 69%

    E-   59% and below

    *Any and all questions can be answered by contacting Mr. Brennan at the above mentioned contact information or found on the SCASD Student Handbook Webpage - https://www.scasd.org/Page/10409.


    September 2018



    Dear Parent or Guardian,



          As part of the 11th Grade United States History curriculum, we will be viewing in full or in part various documentaries and feature films.  All of these supplementary films will be directly related to course content, will be discussed in class, and will be an additional medium by which students can attain a greater understanding of various historical time periods.  Viewing supplemental films will depend heavily on the pace of the course and the constraints of time.
          However, as these films attempt to be historically accurate, the language and content of the feature films may sometimes call for maturity on the part of the audience.  On the bottom of this letter is a list of feature films that may be shown in part or in their entirety over the course of the year.  Prior to your son/daughter viewing these films in class, I encourage you to read reviews of those films listed below, or even preview them.  Reviews are readily available at www.amazon.com, www.bn.com, or www.imdb.com.  Should you wish your son/daughter to NOT see any particular one of these films in class, please contact me emailing me at tcb21@scasd.org.





    Timothy C. Brennan





    America: The Story of Us


    NR-History Channel

    The Men Who Built America


    NR-History Channel

    Constitution USA w/ Peter Sagal

    Constitution Day


    “30 Day” Immigration


    Iron Jawed Angels 



    Woman's Suffrage/First Amendment Rights 

    NR-Action Realty Pictures


    2004 TV Movie/HBO

    Cinderella Man

    Great Depression


    Why We Fight

    Military Industrial Complex


    World War II in HD

    World War II

    NR-History Channel

    Tuskegee Airmen

    World War II


    Freedom Riders: American Experience

    Civil Rights Movement


    Vietnam in HD

    Vietnam Conflict: Politics, Protest and Music of the Era

    NR-History Channel

    All the President’s Men Revisited

    Challenges and Chance


Last Modified on August 17, 2021