American History I Syllabus

Syllabus: American History I

Teacher: John Roe

Classroom location: 2307

Erwin High Phone Number: 828-232-4251.

E-mail address: 

Welcome to American History I.  In this course, we will examine the Founding Principles of the United States beginning with Native American and European encounters and ending with Reconstruction. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States, the political and economic factors that contributed to the American Revolution and the consequences of the Revolution, including the U.S. Constitution. American History I: The Founding Principles will guide students as they 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.

We will be covering (all times are approximate):

Unit 0: Historiography, Historical Research, and Documenting American History.

Unit 1: Colonial Beginnings

Unit 2: Revolutionary Era

Unit 3: The New Republic

Unit 4: Industrialization and Reform

Unit 5: Manifest Destiny

Unit 6: Civil War and Reconstruction


Students will be graded using a point system.  Shorter, easier assignments will count less than major assignments.  For example, a daily class assignment may be worth 5 points, but a test would be worth 100 points.  Class participation is expected and some assignments will be graded on a participation and/or completion basis.

Expect a weekly quiz. Tests will be given at the end of each unit.

*** North Carolina’s 10 Point Scale ***

Grading Scale

          A: 90-100        B:  80-89         C:  70-79         D:  60-69         F:  Below 60

Zoom Guidelines:

  • Find a quiet, appropriate, learning space.
  •  Be on time. 
  •  Be respectful.
  •  Use mute when not speaking.
  •  Raise your hand to speak.
  •  Use reactions to show your understanding.


Below is the official attendance policy as per Buncombe County Board of Education Attendance Policy

Buncombe County Schools COVID-19 Temporary Attendance Procedure for School Reentry Plan B, Plan B-Beyond or Plan C 

Attendance in a remote instruction environment is designed to keep students engaged, to ensure they are on pace and to offer academic and emotional support. Daily attendance must be taken in PowerSchool on Remote Learning Days. 

1. This temporary attendance procedure is intended to remain in effect during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to revise and supplement Board policies 4400 and 4400-R. To the extent that there is a conflict between this policy and 4400/4400-R, this procedure shall take precedence. 

2. For the purposes of this Temporary Attendance Procedure, “remote attendance” in a class shall be the equivalent of in-person attendance. 

3. A student is considered present for daily attendance during a remote learning day when the following is met: 

❏ Student is present, with camera on and in view, for the duration of the synchronous learning class time via video conferencing software and ❏ Student completes a work product (online or offline) for that class as directed by the teacher or

            ❏ As an alternative to options (above), student fulfills an alternate method of accessing assignments and producing work. This variation must have the approval of the school administrator or designee and should be considered in exceptional circumstances, such as lack of internet connectivity. A student will be marked as “present-off-site” based on evidence of student engagement and if a student has a daily check-in, two-way communication, with the appropriate teacher(s). A teacher who has a face to face interaction, (e.g., virtual meeting or phone interaction, with a student on that current day can mark a student “present-off-site).

 ❏ For hybrid students in K-8 on their remote week(s), student submits evidence of assignment completion for each day as proof of attendance 

4. Except as set forth herein, the attendance policies of the Buncombe County Schools remain in full force and effect. 

5. Should a student be absent from a remote session, a note or email documenting the reason for the absence must be provided by the parent/guardian to change the absence to excused. Should an email be used as the documentation, a phone number for the parent/guardian must be provided so the email may be verified by the school. 

6. Students who have chosen remote only for the semester will adhere to the attendance procedures as outlined above. 

August 3,  2020


Cheating will not be tolerated.  You will be caught, refer to the student handbook for consequences.


**I am here to serve you! Please, as a parent or student, feel free to talk to me by email, zoom, or by phone-call the main office and ask for extension 2307 between the following times: 7:30-9:00am or 2:00-3:00pm. I want this year to be successful and as smooth as possible for everyone involved! The only time I will not be available to talk is during class periods (9:00 – 2:00). Thank you! **


**Items that would be needed in case we return to school for face to face instruction (because these items are on sale now and could be easier to purchase now versus later)**




                        - 3’ Binder

                     - dividers

                     - pack of black or blue pens

                     - pencils

                     - glue stick

                     - loose leaf notebook paper


Optional But Appreciated


- hand sanitizer                 - facial tissue

                     - Colored Pencils