American History I: The Founding Principles

    Ms Jennifer Pieczyski

    School Phone Number: 910-428-9641

    Email: Jennifer.pieczyski@montgomery.k12.nc.us



    The course will begin with the European exploration of the new world through Reconstruction. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States from European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of colonial America and the outbreak of the American Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the U.S. Constitution. Students will study the establishment of political parties, America’s westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, how that sectional conflict led to the Civil War, and the consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction. Students will have the opportunity to investigate events in depth and be required to take responsibility for their learning by problem-solving and creative processes which generate higher level thinking skills. We will emphasize the WHY, not just the WHAT and WHO, and we will use this knowledge to analyze the world we live in today.



    1.     Apply the four interconnected dimensions of historical thinking to the United States History Essential Standards in order to understand the creation and development of the United States over time.

    2.     Analyze key political, economic and social turning points in United States History using historical thinking

    3.     Understand the factors that led to exploration, settlement, movement, and expansion and their impact on United States development over time.

    4.     Analyze how conflict and compromise have shaped politics, economics and culture in the United States.

    5.     Understand how tensions between freedom, equality and power have shaped the political, economic and social development of the United States.

    6.     Understand how and why the role of the United States in the world has changed over time.

    7.     Understand the impact of war on American politics, economics, society and culture.

    8.     Analyze the relationship between progress, crisis and the “American Dream” within the United States.



    Each student is expected to:

    Complete all assignments and participate in all classroom activities.

    Read and/or interact with a wide spectrum of challenging, thought provoking, relevant instructional materials including, but not limited to, multiple texts, primary sources, and multimedia.

    Demonstrate higher level thinking skills.

    Use appropriate technology.

    Take greater responsibility and increase self-direction of their learning.


    Classroom rules are:

    Be respectful

    Be prepared with their classroom notebook and pen or pencil

    Be on time

    No cell phones


    Grading Policy:

    Classwork/Participation/Homework 25%

    Projects      25%

    Quizzes       25%

    Chapter Tests          25%

    **Notes: Late work will be penalized 10 points each day it is late. Also, cheating is not tolerated and a grade of zero will be given. Please refer to the Student Handbook for further information.