Mr. Best's Classes
Meet the Teacher:
Welcome to American History I and American History II! I'm Mr. Best,
and I'm glad we're going to take this journey through American History together.
I have been a faculty member at Rockwood Area High School long enough that
I'm now part of the school's history! I agree with Abraham Lincoln upon the subject of education:
" I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in."
American History I: 10th Grade
This full year American History course will be taught in 4 segments that correspond with the 4 grading periods. The segments will cover the following time periods and include the listed sample topics: 1st 9 Weeks: The First Americans – 1775 – Arrival of the First Americans via the land bridge, Early Native American Cultures, European Explorers and Conquistadors, the 13 Colonies and British America, the French and Indian War, the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the American Revolution. 2nd 9 Weeks: 1775-1861 – The American Revolution, The Articles of Confederation, the Constitution of the United States, the 1st 16 Presidents, Manifest Destiny/Westward Expansion, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, the Growth of Industry, and the Mexican-American War. 3rd 9 Weeks: 1840’s-1918 – Slavery, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, the continued growth of industry, the Spanish-American War, the Panama Canal, and World War I. 4th 9 Weeks: 1920-1941 – The Effects of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and the beginning of World War II. An overall timeline review/test will be conducted. Students will also take the United States Citizenship Test. All students will read the novels: “April Morning”, “The Red Badge of Courage”, “and “All Quiet on the Western Front”.
American History II: 11th Grade
This full year American History course will be taught in 4 segments that correspond with the 4 grading periods. The segments will cover the following time periods and include the listed sample topics: 1st 9 Weeks: World War I/The Great Depression/World War II 2nd 9 Weeks: The Cold War –origins of the Cold War, The Korean War, the Red Scare, the Cuban Missile Crisis/The Civil Rights Era – Review of the Slavery Timeline, The Civil Rights Movement, Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Brown vs. Board of Education. 3rd 9 Weeks: The Vietnam Era – Foreign Policy of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, the War in Vietnam, War Protest. 4th 9 Weeks: New Challenges – Presidents Ford through Obama, the collapse of Communism, the end of the Cold War, the Space Program, the age of terrorism, Iraq, Afghanistan, new economic challenges. An overall timeline review/test will be conducted. Students will develop a list of responsibilities of a United States citizen as many of them will be reaching voting age. All students will read: “Mississippi Trial 1955” by Chris Crowe and “Code of Honor” by John Dramesi.
13 Steps to Success in American History:
Those who know history make history
1.Attend School and Arrive on time – in seats and ready to go before the bell rings.
- 2.Be properly equipped – pen, notebook, textbook, completed assignment.
- 3.Be polite and courteous.
- 4.Read carefully and completely.
- 5.Do your homework – it is for your benefit.
- 6.Study for tests and quizzes.
- 7.Ask questions.
- 8.Have a desire to learn.
- 10.Show Up! Be Nice! DO YOUR BEST!
- 11.WASH YOUR HANDS!
- 12.WEAR A FACE COVERING!
- 13.6 FEET PLEASE!
Remember: Listen to Learn, Pay Attention to Pass and Read to Succeed!
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