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Patrick Henry High School

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I will respect myself and others.

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I will honor myself, my school, my family, and my community.

I will pursue the college or career of my choice.


United States History

I.  Instructor Contact Information:

Cathie Kotten
Room 318
Phone Number:  (612) 668-2000 room 318
Voice Mail: (612)668-7116

E-mail is usually the best way to get in touch with me

II.  Course Description:

Welcome to United States History!

I know you are wondering why we need to study events that happened so long ago.  How do they affect me?  I will tell you when we study these events we allow ourselves a better understanding of why somethings happened the way they did.  We then learn from our mistakes.  In others words, we need to know where we have been to know where it is we want to go.

In this class, you will learn about the important people and events that helped to shape the history of the United States.

In this course there will be ten primary units of study:

  1.  Three Worlds Meet:  Beginnings to 1607.
  2. Colonization and Settlement
  3. Revolution and the New Nation
  4. Expansion and Reform:  1816-1850
  5. Civil War and Reconstruction:  1850-1877
  6. Development of Industrial America
  7. The Emergence of Modern America:  1898-1929
  8. Depression and World War II:  1930-1945
  9. Postwar United States:  1946-1968
  10. Contemporary United States:  1968 to Present

III. Course Objectives

This is a year long course.  By the end of the year I expect that we will have accomplished the following:

1.  I can explain where the earliest Americans may have come from.

2.  I can describe the major European explores and the areas they explored.

3.  I can explain how each English colony came into being.

4.  I can describe what life was like in colonial times.

5.  I can identify major battles of the French and Indian War.

6.  I can explain how the French and Indian War affected control of land and power in the colonies.

7.  I can identify the taxes the British placed on the colonists and how the colonists protested them.

8.  I can explain why the Declaration of Independence was written.

9.  I can describe the purpose of the Bill of Rights.

10.  I can describe the Louisiana Purchase and why it was significant.

11.  I can list the causes of the War of 1812.

12.  I can explain the Monroe Doctrine.

13.  I can identify major inventions and how they contributed to the growth of industry.

14.  I can discuss the concept of Manifest Destiny.

15.  I can list new inventions that changed the world.

16.  I can explain why cities had social problems.

17.  I can explain how labor unions helped workers.

18.  I can describe the accomplishments of President Theodore Roosevelt.

19.  I can explain the causes of World War I.

20.  I can describe the period known as the “Roaring Twenties”.

21.  I can describe conditions during the Great Depression.

22.  I can explain the steps that led to World War II.

23.  I can describe accomplishments in the civil rights movement.

24.  I can describe the “Cold War”.

IV. What you should bring to class? (Required Texts and Other Supplies)

United States History by AGS

A notebook (I will provide you with one and one only)
A two pocket folder (I will provide you with one and one only)
Pencil or a pen (with blue or black ink only)

V.  Assignments

Major Assessments:
Our text is divided into 31 chapters.
Each chapter is divided into sections.
We will read a section and complete assignments to review the section.
This will allow me to monitor our progress and make any necessary changes.
When we finish each section in the chapter we will then review each chapter.
We will then take a chapter test. 

VI. Class work:
We start every class with a warm up.
This warm up helps us prepare for the lesson.
The warm ups are to be written in your notebook and saved.
I will use these warm ups as questions on the chapter test.
After we complete the warm up we will go directly into the lesson for the hour.  We will then finish each lesson with an Exit Slip

If you are absent it is your responsibility to ask for your make up work. You will be given three days to complete your work and turn it in to me.
VII. Homework
Homework is once a week.  You will then have three days to complete the assigned homework.

VIII. Grading Policies

Grading Criteria:
Your daily work and test are the biggest part of your grades.
Grading Scale:
100-90% A
89-80% B
79-70% C
69-60% D
59% or lower F

IX.  Class Policies / Expectations

Your attendance is very important.  You are expected to be in class at least 95% of the time.  You cannot pass my class if you are not here.


Tardy Policy:

You are expected to be in class when the bell rings.  If you are not, you miss your five warm up points.


No passes the first ten minutes of class or the last ten minutes of class. NO EXCEPTIONS 
Use the restroom between classes.  If you have to use the restroom during class you will be escorted by a support staff.   


I expect everyone to participate in class and do your best. 
Participation means; reading aloud, staying awake during class, and completing your assignments.
I expect that we will respect each other in this classroom.  All students have the right to learn.  There will be consequences for those who chose to be disrespectful or disrupt the learning of others.

Game day the first Friday of every month.  This is our opportunity to interact with each other in a positive manner, and practice social skills.

Cell Phones:  Keep them in your pockets during class.  If I see your cell phone out, I will ask you politely to put it away.  If you put it away and keep it away its over.  If you choose not to put it away, or it comes back out, I will call for a behavior interventionist to come and take the phone.

Academic Support:

Wednesday after school from 3:10 to 3:45pm

X.  Course Calendar

1.  Semester One

A.  Quarter One

          i. Three Worlds Meet

          ii. Colonization and Settlement

B.  Quarter Two

          i. Revolution and the New Nation

          ii. Expansion and Reform

2.  Semester Two

A.  Quarter Three

i. Civil War and Reconstruction

          ii. Depression and World War II

B.  Quarter Four

          i. Postwar United States

          ii. Contemporary United States