Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus



Instructor: Mrs. Manley            Contact Time: 8:57-9:38 or 1:12-1:53         Phone Ext: 1308


Grading Policy
My grades are done using a total points earned system. Included in each quarter are grades for homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and a participation grade. If students are not prepared for class their participation grade will be lowered. Students are to bring a three-ring binder (2.5 inches-with loose leaf paper to write on),book, or review book (we will purchase one later in the year for the regents examination in June). All points for each student are totaled and then divided by the total points that could have been earned. For example a student may have earned 853 points of 1,000 possible points for the quarter. The grade for the student would then be 85.3%.

This policy will be the same for virtual learning.

* Academic Dishonesty Policy - please do your own work and submit your own work. Cheating will not be tolerated. You learn the material better if you do the work on your own. IF YOU WORK WITH ANOTHER STUDENT ON WORK OR MAYBE THEY HELPED YOU WITH A QUESTION PLEASE NOTE THAT IN SCHOOLOGY!

ONLINE TEXTBOOK: Go through CLEVER and Click on Pearson Easy Bridge. Book is called United States 2013 Realize.

TEXTBOOK - AMERICA : Pathways To The Present: Prentice Hall



Homework Policy
The Buffalo Board of education requires homework. Students will be given at least three homework assignments per week. Some of these assignments may include worksheets, questions from the book, essays, and current event articles from the newspaper. All homework will be collected/submitted and graded. If a student does not hand in the assignment they will receive a grade of zero which will significantly lower their average. Students can find homework assignments on my Buffalo Public Schools Schoology Page.

Classwork only pertains to the work done while the students are attending school in person.

**** Classwork is very important and often graded (ticket out the door). Classwork may be individual or done in groups. Students will also be graded based upon their participation. If students actively participate it is more likely that they will be successful in the class.



Test Policy
Students will be tested at the end of each chapter. All tests consist of multiple choice questions and an essay. Each test is worth 100 points. Tests may be done on Castle Learning and Schoology when learning is virtual. Students will be given the date of the test 3-4 days ahead of time. Notes (powerpoint and nearpods), worksheets, and textbooks should be utilized when studying for a test.



Quiz Policy
Students will be quizzed on the material at least once a week. All quizzes will be graded. Students should review notes every night (15 min.) to prepare for these quizzes. Students will be given ample notice for each quiz. I do not give surprise quizzes. Quizzes will be in school or may be online (Schoology or Castle Learning).



Students may be assigned a project throughout the course of the year.



Course Outline

ATTENDANCE FOR VIRTUAL CLASSES- Students will attend school synchronously and asynchronously. Attendance will be taken both days. On synchronous days students will meet with me through GOOGLE TEAMS for direct instruction. The link for each period is provided in a folder in Schoology. On asynchronous days I will be available on TEAMS for questions. Students should also check into Schoology during the period to be marked present for the day.

*** During synchronous classes students should be attentive during the lesson and ready to answer questions. Simply having signed in does not mean you are engaged in the lesson. If I call your name you should be ready to participate!

United States History and Government

This course will examine the political, economic and social events which shaped United States History from Colonial Times to the present. The blueprint for the course is the United States Constitution. It is imperative that students have a good foundation and understanding of this document, which has been the law of our land for over 200 years. At the end of the year (June) students will take a regents examination in this course. In order to pass the course and graduate from high school students must have a passing average of 65% (4 quarters) and score a 65% or higher on the regents exam. The exam consists of 28 stimulus based multiple-choice questions, 2 short answer questions and a civic literacy essay question. We will go over this information the first week of school to set the expectations for the year.

Major units/topics will include:

GEOGRAPHY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNITED STATES - Students will learn about the geographical make-up of the United States and North America. This will be done the first week of school.

CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (1607 1824) - Students will learn how the thirteen colonies came together and developed a unique set of political systems derived from British traditions and Enlightment thinkers. After winning the Revolutionary War we will go into the new type of government in the Constitution set up by the 13 States. Students will understand all parts of the unwritten constitution that developed through interpretations, actions, court decisions, and customs by Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson Madison and Monroe.

EXPANSIONISM, NATIONALISM, AND SECTIONALISM (1800-1865) - Students will learn about foreign policy, territorial expansionism, economic growth and nationalism that developed in the antebellum era. They will also identify and explain growing sectionalism that impacted our country. Students will learn about the disputes over states' rights and slavery that lead to the Civil War.

POST CIVIL WAR ERA (1865-1900) - Students will learn about the successes and failures of Reconstruction in the United States. They will also examine the struggle for women's suffrage rights. Students will also learn how westward expansionism impacted Native Americans. Lastly, they will learn 19th century discrimination against the Mexicans and Chinese in the United States.

INDUSTRIALIZATION AND URBANIZATION (1870-1920)- Students will learn the impact of industrialization on the United States post-Civil War. They will understand the social, political and economic changes that occurred in the United States. They will also begin to see how the United States was moving away from being an agrarian society. Also, changes in immigration patters and an emerging strong labor movement. The impact of these events would emerge a reform movement called THE PROGRESSIVE ERA.

THE RISE OF AMERICAN POWER (1890-1920) - Students will be able to understand why the United States would emerge as a world power at the beginning of the 20th century. They will understand the impact of both the Spanish American War and WWI on society both at home and abroad.

PROSPERITY AND DEPRESSION (1920-1939) - Students will understand that the American people attempted to return to a time period of "normalcy" in both domestic and foreign affairs after the war. They will also understand the effects of rapid industrialization and urbanization on the country and how American was unsettled economically, politically and socially. They will understand what caused the Great Depression and how it impacted society. They will also understand the responses of the government under both Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Administrations. They will also be able to evaluate the effects of the New Deal on the United States.

World War II (1935-1945) - Students will learn about US neutrality and entry into WWII. They will also learn about the impact the war had on the US homefront, including injustices against Japanese Americans. They will analyze the Holocaust and how it lead to postwar effort to develop policies for peace and justice.
THE UNITED STATES IN AN AGE OF GLOBAL CRISIS - Students will understand how the United States would cause the US to change its foreign policy from isolation and neutral country to a global involvement. They will analyze how Americans were impacted on the homefront as well as abroad during World War II. They will also understand the changing relationship between the US and The Soviet Union during the war and as a result of this a new foreign policy was developed called containment to fight the new Cold War.

THE COLD WAR ERA (1945-1990) - Students will understand the United States would become a global (superpower) power. They will also understand the goals and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. Analyze how the Vietnam War affected American society and how we viewed war. Students will then see the changing relationship between the US and The Soviet Union. They will also learn about growing tensions and conflict with the Middle East. Lastly, they will learn about the ending of the Cold War.

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE/DOMESTIC ISSUES (1945-Present)- Students will learn about the African American Civil Rights Movement. They will also learn about other minority rights movements that emerged such as the feminist movement.

THE UNITED STATES IN A CHANGING WORLD (1990-Present) - Students will learn about foreign and domestic issues of the 1990's, the War on Terror, and the economic and social effects that globalization has had on the United States.

*Students are required to have a three-ring binder with looseleaf paper for notes (notebooks will be collected and graded).
If learning is virtual please still keep a notebook to organize the information that you are learning. You can take copy notes, powerpoints and nearpods even when learning on line. Copying down the information will help reinforce the material.

*We will be ordering review books in late January.


1. ATTENDANCE IS TAKEN DAILY ON BOTH SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS DAYS! Be on time. If you cannot attend class on a synchronous day please email me and let me know.

2. Be attentive and participate.

3. If your camera is turned on please dress appropriately.

CLASS RULES - These are rules that would apply to students when they are in the school building.

1. Be on time.

2. Be prepared.

3. Stay in your assigned seat.

4. Raise your hand when you wish to speak.

5. Respect your classmates.


APPROXAMITE TIME OUTLINE (this may be subject to change).

Week 1 - Teacher will go over Course Expectations and Content.

Weeks 2 and 3- Geography, Causes of the Revolutionary War, Foundations For Our Government and The Articles of Confederation.

Weeks 4, 5, and 6 - Constitutional Convention and The Constitution - Articles I, II, III and all Constitutional Principles.

Weeks 7,8, 9 and 10 - Putting The Constitution Into Effect - Presidents Washington, Adams and Jefferson

Weeks 11 and 12 - War of 1812 and Growing Sectionalism

Weeks 13 and 14- Era of Good Feelings, Marshall Court

Weeks 15 and 16- Sectionalism and Jackson

Weeks 17 and 18 - Emerging Industry and Reform in The Antebellum

Weeks 19 and 20- Causes of the Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction.

Weeks 21, 22 and 23 - The Rise of American Business, Industry and Labor

Weeks 24 and 25 - Populist and Progressive Movements

Week 26- Rise of American Power

Week 27 - WWI and Post War America

Week 27 and 28 - At Home and Abroad - Prosperity and Depression

Weeks 29 and 30 - WWII and Cold War America

Weeks 31 and 32 - The World in Uncertain Times- Containment at Home and Abroad

Weeks 33 and 34 - Decade of Change 1960's, The Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam

Weeks 35 and 36 - 1970's through present time.

Students can contact me at Also please visit my Schoology Webpage for important information.