• U.S. History Course Syllabus – 7th grade 
    Mr. Patterson – Purple Pack – 222

    General Course Description
    Why do we have to study history? This is a common question with a multitude of answers. A famous quote by George Santayana sums up my belief quite well. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  History is full of life’s lessons. Some events were very successful and others were not, but each lesson can teach us something about the way we live and the direction of our future. This course will examine the time period immediately following the American Revolution up to the 1900’s.

    TextbookAmerican History, by McDougall Littell

    In addition to the text we will be using many outside primary and secondary sources. Students will have varied instruction, including lecture, self-discovery, research, simulation, cooperative and independent assignments, socratic circles, and various types of media. The curriculum for U.S. History will include the following topics:
    • American Revolution
    • Forming a Government
    • The Constitution
    • Branches of Government
    • Challenges of a New Nation
    • Early Presidencies
    • Expanding our Borders
    • Immigration
    • Nationalism
    • Industrial Revolution
    • Changes in the North and South
    • Manifest Destiny and Expansion
    • Slavery
    • Civil War and Reconstruction

    Contact Information:
    E-mail: awp14@scasd.org

    Course Enduring Understandings:

       1. The cost of freedom is great.
       2. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the pillars of American democracy.
       3. The events of the 1800’s continue to impact the U.S. culturally, politically, socially, and economically.
       4. Immigration continues to change the face of the U.S.
       5. Self-government requires a plan.
       6. Unresolved differences and problems do not go away on their own.

    Course Essential Questions

       1. How can we understand the present by investigating the past?
       2. What factors promote change and/or conflict?
       3. What rights and responsibilities go along with American citizenship?
       4. Does human nature make war inevitable?
       5. Where is America headed?


    Student grades will be determined on a total point system. Students will receive points for their work. At the end of each grading period, students will receive a final letter grade based on their accumulated average. Letter grades will be assigned based on the school’s grading scale.  
    * If a zero is recorded in the grade book, note the category and take the appropriate action to complete and submit your work.

    Classwork:  All work not completed within the class period becomes homework unless instructed otherwise.  Students risk losing out on the opportunity to receive an explanation of material if they do not complete classwork on time.

    Projects:  Keeping pace with multi-step assignments is vital.  Missed class time requires students to make up class work as homework in order to meet the deadlines.  Some projects require collaboration and students who do not keep pace may be asked to complete an assignment without the benefit of their peers.  

    Assessments: Study Guides will be given for unit tests.  Quizzes may be given with or without an announcement.  Retakes will not be granted unless announced by the teacher.  Students who miss tests/quizzes will need to arrange a time to take the assessment.

    Late Work: Students can submit work up to a week after the due date and earn a maximum of 80% on the assignment. Any work submitted more than a week late can be turned in for a maximum grade of 50%.


    Academic Integrity