Welcome to U.S. History!
September 4, 2007
Dear Parent or Guardian,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to open a line
of communication with you. I will be your child's United States History teacher
during this academic year and I look forward to a very exciting year of
instruction and analysis, projects, and hands-on activities in preparation for
the SOL Exam.
United States History will encompass the historical development of American
ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. The aim of
this course is to explore the story that is the American experience in these
United States. Its focus shall be to highlight the politics, economics, law,
art, music, science, government, education, agriculture, and technology that has
influenced and been influenced by the diverse groups that have settled in
America. It will then tell a story of great contributions and struggles, of
turmoil and triumph, of oppression and heroism. This curriculum will provide
students with a general knowledge of American culture through a chronological
survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and
Reading, writing, and critical-thinking skills are integral parts of this
course. You should anticipate a homework assignment each class period. The
course will focus on the following SOL Objectives and shall be structured as
FIRST MARKING PERIOD
- Contacts between American Indians and European Settlers during the Age of
- Colonization of Virginia as compared to that of other American colonies.
- Events and ideas of the Revolutionary Period.
- Project: Events and ideas of the Constitutional Era.
- Events of the Early National Period.
SECOND MARKING PERIOD
- Project: Causes and effects of the major events of the Civil War and
- Impact of immigration on American life.
- Causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution.
- End of Semester exam
THIRD MARKING PERIOD
- Causes and impacts of World War I
- Origins of the Great Depression
- Project: Origins and effects of World War II
FOURTH MARKING PERIOD
- United States Foreign Policy since World War II
- Federal civil rights and voting rights developments since World War II
- Project: Domestic policy issues in contemporary American society
- End of Semester Exam
In addition to the aforementioned SOL Objectives, the students will also
complete the following objectives throughout the academic year:
- Explain relationships between geography and the historical development of the
United States using maps, pictures, and computer databases.
- Interpret the significance of excerpts from famous speeches and documents in
United States history, to include "The Letter from a Birmingham Jail," "Speak
softly and carry a big stick," "The Gettysburg Address," and "The Virginia
Statute of Religious Freedom"
Develop skills for historical analysis.
- Demonstrate skills in discussion, debate, and persuasive writing with respect
to enduring issues and determine how divergent viewpoints have been addressed
The attached letter explains my classroom policies and expectations. The
letter contains important information regarding required class materials,
methods of evaluation, grading policy, homework, make-up work, and other
policies. Please read the letter in detail and review it with your child. I ask
that you reinforce the contents with your child to avoid misunderstandings and
better ensure that we have a successful year.
I look forward to working with your child this year. Please review your
child's daily assignments and encourage her / him to perform at his / her
highest level. I believe that education is a partnership that works best when
parents, teachers, and students are all involved.
Please sign the tear-off on the attached letter and return it to me via your
child. If you have any questions, you can contact me at the school, 591-4700. My
e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I maintain a Web site at
www.mikaeldavis.com , which contains class notes, homework assignments,
projects, as well as other useful information.
Again, I look forward to partnering with you this year.
U.S. History Teacher