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    Advanced U.S. History

    A Quick Overview of Information


    • Advanced U.S. History will be open to any student who wishes to take the course. However, it should be understood that the advanced class is not like the regular S. history course. The purpose of the advanced History class is to prepare students for AP in High school and college level classes and to help them become self-reliant.


    • Advanced U.S. history is a rigorous program which will include text based reading, random pop quizzes over the text reading, DBQ (Document Based Question) packets, other outside reading which will be assigned throughout the year, DBQ essays, research papers, notes, tests, and other learning activities.


    • DBQ (Document Based Question) packets and Essays. DBQ packets contain information pulled straight from original sources whether primary or secondary. Students will learn to pull information from these documents and be able to answer questions as to their meaning and purpose. The first two packets will be assigned as class work and students will gain an understanding of them through group and class discussion. For the remainder of the year, sub-sequent DBQ packets and essays will be assigned as homework and will be the student’s responsibility.


    • Text reading and pop-quizzes. Students will be responsible for any text reading assigned. There will be random pop-quizzes over the readings, which should be more than manageable if the student keeps up with the reading.


    • Tests will be given periodically in class to assess student performance and comprehension. Students will be informed in advance of any tests given over subjects covered in class. Tests will be a composite of several different questions including, but not limited to: Multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, matching, short answer, or FRQ (Free Response Questions) such as essays.


    • Research Project. Students will be assigned a research project at the beginning of the second semester with a list of specific instructions and requirements. Each student will work on the project on their own time during the semester. Since this project will take up much time required for this class, other assignments and homework will be reduced during the second semester. The research project will be due near the beginning of May. Any help needed for this project can be obtained during morning tutorials. I will be more than willing to help with any problems or questions.


    • Other Learning Activities. Other activities may include Historical Readings, Review Games, Recitals, and Historical Re-enactments.


    • Late work is unacceptable barring extreme emergencies. This is the policy of the Advanced History program. It is the students’ responsibility to get any and all assignments turned in by the due dates. Since this is a college prep class, students need to get into the habit of meeting deadlines.


    • Remember, for any assignments, or questions, I am available during morning tutorials for any help a student may need.




    D.B.Q. Essay hints and tips


    • Remember the ATQ (Answer The Question) rule. Do not go off on tangents. You can elaborate, but remember to stay on topic.
    • Do not get personal in a DBQ formal essay (avoid I, we, you, etc.)
    • Do not ask questions from the reader in the essay.
    • Avoid redundancies- stating a point one time is enough.
    • Try to avoid repeating words too often. Get a thesaurus.
    • Watch for tenses changing from past to present throughout the essay.
    • Avoid spelling errors. Make sure spell check chooses the right word. Ex. “persecuted” not “prosecuted”. Watch for other mistakes (their/there---where/wear/were)
    • Watch for punctuation, capitalization, placing commas in the right places, etc.
    • Avoid sentence fragments and run-on sentences
    • Read your essays aloud before making a final draft. Read them to a relative. You would be surprised at how many mistakes you can catch when you read them out loud a couple of times.
    • Always do a rough draft before attempting a final draft. Construct an outline before you begin your rough draft. Outlines will help you stay on target. Never throw an essay together at the last minute. It will be reflected in your work.
    • The assignment is a DBQ essay. You are to be gathering information from the DBQ packet. You are to be citing these sources. If you fail to complete this important part of your essay writing, this will cause severe penalties on the essay.
    • As always, tutorials are available should you have any questions.
    • All Essays and other written assignments should have a cover page complete with Your Name, Name of Assignment, Name of Class, My Name, Class Period, Your assigned Class Number, and the Date that the assignment is due. Cover Sheet Example




    Important Links to Consider!


    When constructing a paper using Google Docs (and you should be), you must remember to properly cite your sources as you find them. Fortunately, our pals at Google have made this task quite simple. Use the instructional video below (link) to learn plenty of nifty and easy ways to properly cite your sources while writing a paper! 








    Plagiarism is a problem faced by many students when writing a paper. There are 4 common types of plagiarism: 

    Direct Plagiarism- This is when a student copies word for word the original source material without using quotation marks or giving any reference to the original work. Also known as a cut and paste job. 

    Self Plagiarism- This is when a student submits any of their previous writings again whether in the same class, or in a different class without the permission of the teacher.

    Mosaic Plagiarism- Often referred to as patch writing, this is when a student borrows phrases from the original source without using quotation marks and/or changes a few key words with synonyms while staying with the same general structure of the original author's source. Students often misinterpret this type of plagiarism as acceptable paraphrasing, which it is not.  Even if the source is cited in the case of this type of plagiarism, it is still considered to be academically dishonest, whether it was intentional or not. 

    Accidental Plagiarism- This is when a student fails to cite their source correctly, or paraphrases in such a way that the writing is still too close to the original author's work. Although, accidental plagiarism usually involves no deceptive intent on the student's part, it is nevertheless still plagiarism and therefore subject to the same consequences as the other forms of plagiarism. 


    For more information regarding plagiarism including examples of different forms of plagiarism, please click the following links: 










    End of course Term Paper Assignment - Advanced History

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    End of course Term Paper Assignment - Advanced History



    Choose one from the four topics listed to construct your end of course term paper.


    • Compare and contrast the American Revolution and the French Revolution. Be sure to provide background information as to the causes of each. Identify reasons for protest. Explain  how the violence escalated in both revolutions. Include important revolutionary figures from both revolutions, the use of propaganda in both revolutions, the impact on surrounding nations and the world from both revolutions, the effect on European Monarchies and how both United States and France viewed each others Revolution. Include the resulting  aftershocks and effect on the world.


    • Describe and explain the Reconstruction Era. Include in your paper how Congress conducted reconstruction. What were the conflicts of Andrew Johnson and his fellow Democrats against the Radical Republicans? Be sure to list and explain significant events of the Reconstruction Era. Identify both failures and successes of Reconstruction and include how Reconstruction fueled racism in the South.


    • Describe the Industrial Revolution and its impact on the American way of life. Include in your paper important inventors and inventions explaining their impact on the industrial age. Describe the spread of urbanization across the country and what life was like in the cities. Be sure to include factory conditions and different employment opportunities. What role did immigrants play in the industrial age in the United States?



    • Compare and contrast the turning point battles of Saratoga in the American Revolution and Gettysburg in the American Civil war. Why were each considered a turning point? What mistakes were made by the British at Saratoga and the Confederates at Gettysburg? How did the Americans at Saratoga and Union forces at Gettysburg take advantage of these mistakes? How were the battles similar? How were they different? Include important leaders and generals and discuss the aftermath and result of both battles.


    All sources must be cited and included in a bibliography.


    You must have at least 8 sources 2 of which must be primary sources. Only SIX sources may be from the internet. Any “.com” site must be pre-approved by me before use. (.edu sites are fine and do not need pre-approval)  Multiple encyclopedia sources must be cited but will still count as only ONE of your sources. YOU MAY NOT USE THE TEXTBOOK OR NOTES TAKEN IN CLASS AS A SOURCE.


    This paper and all other portions of the project must be typed, double spaced, size 12 font, either Arial or Times New Roman only.

    Include a cover sheet with you name, title of paper, title of course, my name and date.


    Each Deadline due date will be worth 200 points. (2 test grades)


    This term paper will count as 5 test grades and will be due no later than May 1st. Unless we are still out of school. In which case, plan to submit the term paper as an attachment to my email. Keep checking here for any changes to this as further developments arise. More changes below...keep reading.


    This sheet must be neatly turned in with your paper. (paper clip. Do not staple) If we have to submit this paper via email, you will not need this sheet. 








    Choose your topic from 1. American & French Revolutions, 2. Reconstruction,         3. Industrial Age, or 4. Saratoga & Gettysburg.  Write it in the blank provided and sign below. NOTE: Only ___ students will be allowed to cover the same topic. Choosing the topic will be on a first come first serve basis. You must choose the topic by making an appointment with me during tutorials only. Once you have selected your topic and have submitted it to me for approval, you can not change topics, so take care when choosing your topic. Pay considerable attention to the following dates and deadlines.


    Jan. 17th : Last day to select topic. – DURING TUTORIALS ONLY!


    Jan. 31st  : Last day to submit Thesis Statement. (Typed)


    Mar. 13th : last day to submit list of all 8 sources (bibliography)—In alphabetical order(Author’s last name). Follow handout guidelines. Separate the primary from the secondary sources. (Typed)


    Apr. 9th : Last day to submit outline. (Typed) - This portion of the assignment is cancelled. Do not worry about it. 


    Apr. 24th  : Last day to submit rough draft. Can be typed but not necessary. This portion of the assignment is cancelled. Do not worry about it. 


    May 1st  : Final Draft due. This portion may have to be submitted online to my email. If so, do not forget to have a title page on front AND a bibliography at the end. Your bibliography is simply your sources that you already turned in earlier. Just attach them to the back of your paper with the header - "Bibliography"


    If you wish to turn in any of these items before their due dates (with the exception of the Final Draft), you may do so, but only during tutorial times.


    Missing any of these deadlines will result in a Zero for the 200 point grade that they are worth. (500 points for Final Draft) No excuses will be accepted. I will be making contact with you if there is an issue with your email and attachment. 


    The only excuse for missing any of these deadlines is the end of the world. Sorry, but this current situation does not qualify as "end of the world" ...I checked. 




     Keep practicing the Gettysburg Address (below)for recital. This will still be taken as a grade if we return by May 11. If we do not return by May 11, then you can at least impress your friends and family with your ability to recite the entire Gettysburg Address. .... I know, I'm evil








    Gettysburg Address

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.


    Abraham Lincoln
    November 19, 1863