Department:  Social Studies                                                                             

 COURSE TITLE: United States History                                 INSTRUCTOR: Randall Schlanger                                 PHONE: 770-819-2521 Ext. 1005



PHS SCHOOL VISION: Empowering Students to Become Productive Members of a Global Community

PHS SCHOOL MISSION: Modeling and Developing Intellectual, Physical and Emotional Behaviors that Lead to Success for All


  • Increase the Graduation Rate
  • Increase rigor and student engagement (Project-based learning environment)
  • Increase community and parental involvement

COURSE DESCRIPTION: United States History is a survey of the development of the United States from discovery through the present. The purpose of this course is to increase knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of America’s social, political, and economic evolution from colonization to its current position as a world leader. The student will also be encouraged to think independently.


 SSUSH1 The student will describe European settlement in North America during the 17th


SSUSH2 The student will trace the ways that the economy and society of British North America


SSUSH3 The student will explain the primary causes of the American Revolution.

SSUSH4 The student will identify the ideological, military, and diplomatic aspects of the

American Revolution.

SSUSH5 The student will explain specific events and key ideas that brought about the adoption

and implementation of the United States Constitution.

SSUSH6 The student will analyze the impact of territorial expansion and population growth and

the impact of this growth in the early decades of the new nation.

SSUSH7 Students will explain the process of economic growth, its regional and national impact

in the first half of the 19th century, and the different responses to it.

SSUSH8 The student will explain the relationship between growing north-south divisions and

westward expansion.

SSUSH9 The student will identify key events, issues, and individuals relating to the causes,

course, and consequences of the Civil War.

SSUSH10 The student will identify legal, political, and social dimensions of Reconstruction.

SSUSH11 The student will describe the economic, social, and geographic impact of the growth of

big business and technological innovations after Reconstruction.

SSUSH12 The student will analyze important consequences of American industrial growth.

SSUSH13 The student will identify major efforts to reform American society and politics in the

Progressive Era.

SSUSH14 The student will explain America’s evolving relationship with the world at the turn of

the twentieth century.

SSUSH15 The student will analyze the origins and impact of U.S. involvement in World War I.

SSUSH16 The student will identify key developments in the aftermath of WW I.

SSUSH17 The student will analyze the causes and consequences of the Great Depression.

SSUSH18 The student will describe Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal as a response to the

depression and compare the ways governmental programs aided those in need.

SSUSH19 The student will identify the origins, major developments, and the domestic impact of

World War II, especially the growth of the federal government.

SSUSH20 The student will analyze the domestic and international impact of the Cold War on the

United States.

SSUSH21 The student will explain the impact of technological development and economic

growth on the United States, 1945-1975.

SSUSH22 The student will identify dimensions of the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1970.

SSUSH23 The student will describe and assess the impact of political developments between 1945

and 1970.

SSUSH24 The student will analyze the impact of social change movements and organizations of

the 1960s.

SSUSH25 The student will describe changes in national politics since 1968.

 TEXTBOOK/SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES: Our main textbook for the course is Prentice Hall: United States History.

 Required/Supplemental/Parallel Texts for the Course:  All additional readings will be provided by the teacher in print or via internet.


  1. Some type of writing utensil… pencils, pens, whatever works for you!!! All I ask is that it is a dark color.
  2. 3-ring binder or notebook with plenty of paper and three dividers

CLASS EXPECTATIONS: I have four major expectations of students.

  • Be Professional-this means to carry yourself in a respectable manner and treat other students, teachers, parents, and guest with respect.  In addition, to recognizing and enhancing the learning environment through appropriate participation.
  • Be Prepared– Bring all necessary materials to class including paper and a writing utensil and any other materials as instructed.  Students will receive participation points.  Not being prepared is an easy way to lose these.
  • Be Prolific– Keep an open mind, accept growth and learning and develop yourself daily by learning and applying principles to your life.  Put simply, be open to the learning process.

GRADING POLICY:   Standards based grading with the following weights for each unit.  Homework/Classwork will have a weight of 10 – 15 points, Quizzes a weight of 30 – 50 points, and test/projects a weight of 100 points.



A – 100-90%

B – 89-80%

C – 79-74%

D – 70-73%

F – 69-Below


It is strongly encouraged that you keep your Synergy login information in a safe place and that you have access to the information when needed.  Parents should contact the Main Office (770.819.2521).

Please note that when you are viewing grades in Synergy that a blank grade column for your child has no effect on their grade.  If the space is blank, then your student may not have turned in that assignment due to absence or the teacher may not have entered grades for that assignment at that time.  An “X” means that the student is exempt from an assignment at the discretion of the teacher.

Homework/Class Work Requirements:

  • All work should be completed with care and reflect grade level insight. Illegible work and papers without the proper identification will receive a zero. I should not have to remind you to put your name on your papers!!
  • Student name, date, and block period should appear on all of your assignments.
  • Homework is meant to reinforce what you learned during class that day.  Copying somebody else’s work does you absolutely no good.  There will often be quizzes based on the previous night’s homework.  If you actually did it, you should do fine on the quiz.


  • Some of the learning that takes place in this class will be student-driven and project based.  True learning takes place when students solve problems and discover things on their own.  I will not stand in front of the class and simply tell you what you need to know.
  • Some projects will be individual, but many will require you to work in a small group.  Generally groups will initially be two people but if students prove that they are able to work well in larger groups, I will allow it.
  • While I understand that some people prefer to work alone, working with others is an essential skill that is needed to be successful as an adult.  If you are one of these people, please speak with me in private and I will attempt to group you with other students in which you will be compatible.

Tests and Quizzes:

  • The majority of the tests and quizzes I give are multiple choice and short answer.  However, all tests can include a combination of any of the following: multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, graphs, charts, and map questions.
  • Quizzes will be scheduled in advance, but the teacher reserves the right to give pop quizzes. If participation in class is low, students are not able to participate in class discussions with reasonable intelligence of the material, and/or did not complete the homework, a pop quiz may be given. Quizzes will cover the readings that the student is to have completed, class activities, and any notes given in class lecture (normally only a week’s worth of material).
  • FLEXIBLE GRADING: All assignments given are for student enrichment of the given standard and topic; therefore, student work will be graded randomly throughout the semester.  To clarify, all assignments should be turned in but not all assignments will be graded. Students will not be able to differentiate between enrichment activities given for the purposes of enrichment alone and those being put in synergy. Take pride in everything you do!


Students with no more than one excused absence may qualify to exempt one of their final exams.  Students with a course average of 80 or higher may exempt one final exam of their choice.  Students with a course average of 79 or below may request that ten percentage points be added to the final exam grade.  Towards the end of the semester, students who qualify may submit an Exam Exemption Form to the classroom teacher of their choice.  Teachers must verify that the student qualifies for the exemption.

 LATE WORK POLICY: Any late work will receive a highest possible grade of a 70 if turned in after the assignment is due.  The student will have until the unit test to turn in late work and will receive a highest possible grade of 70.  No work will be graded after the Unit Test.

ATTENDANCE AND MAKE-UP POLICY: If a student receives an excused absence he or she will be able to make up the work in class that was done for the day.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain their work from the teacher and complete and return in a timely manner.  The student has up to the amount of excused absences plus one day to complete any missing work.  After that point the work will be considered late and will be graded as such.


To avoid being counted tardy, students must be seated and ready for class when the bell rings.  School policy states that students may receive detention, In-School Suspension, and Out-of-School Suspension for repeated tardies.


Students can come in after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-4:30.  Please make sure you sign-up if you are planning on coming to tutoring during any of these time as I do have three separate classes so if multiples from different classes will be in attendance I need to be able to accommodate.  Thank you in advance.


As per the school’s policy, cell phones are not to be used during class time unless directed by the teacher for instructional purposes. Students will receive a discipline referral after one warning to put away any electronic device (unless the device is being used for instruction). Students are allowed to bring certain technologies to class (iPad, laptop, Kindle, etc.), but it should NOT interfere with the teaching or other’s learning.

Cell Phone Policy: Cell Phones are only to be used for instructional purposes in the classroom, if for some reason there is an emergency that needs to be addressed the only acceptable times to do this is before or after class, which means, you need to come talk to me if you are going to be late regarding the matter and we will assess if you will be admitted into class.   Student will only be given one warning for both cell phones and earbuds and then the student will be given a referral.

GRADE RECOVERY: Students who score 69 or below on any unit assessment are allowed to retake the assessment.  The grade will not exceed a 70 for the unit assessment.  The retake must be completed with-in one week. Please view the teacher’s blog for notification when the assessment will be administered.


Cheating is considered a serious matter.  Any student who is involved in cheating/plagiarism will receive a grade of zero on the material, an unsatisfactory in conduct, and his/her parents will be notified.

For this course, cheating is defined as, but is not limited to, the following acts:

  • Copying anyone’s answers to questions, exercises, study guides, class work or homework assignments
  • Taking any information verbatim from any source, including the Internet, without giving proper credit to the author, or rearranging the order of words and/or changing some words as written by the author and claiming the work as his or her own, i.e., plagiarism.
  • Looking onto another student’s paper during a test or quiz.
  • Having available any study notes or other test aids during a test or quiz without the teacher’s permission.
  • Collaborating on assignments when independent work is expected.