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    Course Syllabus

    American History I: The Founding Principles

    Ms Jennifer Pieczyski     Montgomery Central – East Campus

    School Phone Number: 910-428-9641    

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



    The course will begin with European exploration of the new world and continue through Reconstruction after the Civil War. Students will examine the historical, 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 (ie, U.S. Constitution). Students will study the establishment of political parties, westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict to the Civil War and its consequences, including Reconstruction. Students will 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 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 online/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, including our online platform Canvas.
    • Take greater responsibility and increase self-direction of their learning.


    Classroom rules are:

    • Be respectful
    • Be prepared with notebook, laptop and pen or pencil
    • Be on time


    Honors Grading Policy:

    • Classwork/Participation/Homework 25%
    • Projects      25%
    • Quizzes       25%
    • Chapter Tests          25%


    Standard Grading Policy:

    • Classwork/Participation/Homework 50%
    • 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.