Home / Ms. Brown’s Honors American History 2 Syllabus


Spring 2021                                               

Ms. Bethea-Brown


Curriculum Content 

American History II will guide students from the late nineteenth century through the early 21st century. Students will examine the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to present times. The essential standards of American History II will trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. 

This is a challenging course that will require you to take greater responsibility for your learning.  You will be engaged in problem-solving, critical analysis and reflective thinking, both as an individual and as part of a group. The desired outcome of this course is for students to develop an understanding of the cause and effect relationship between past and present events, recognize patterns of interactions, and understand the impact of events on the United States in an interconnected world. 

Course Outline

Unit 1 The New South, Westward Expansion, and Populism


Unit 2 The Gilded Age and Progressivism


Unit 3  Rise of American Power


Unit 4          Prosperity and Depression


Unit 5  World War II


Unit 6 The Cold War


Unit 7 Domestic Change

1945 –  Present


Classwork and Homework

Due to the amount of material covered in American History II it is very important that you complete all of your classwork and homework on time.  In addition to specific homework assignments, any assignment not completed in class must be completed as homework. 

Instructional Materials and Methods

Some of the instructional material and methods that you will use are listed below.  



  • This is how you will investigate the history of the world.

  • This is how you will demonstrate understanding of the material.
Scholarly Articles  Written responses that demonstrate understanding of the material.
Primary Source Documents Class Discussions
Educational Videos/Documentaries Creation of: 

  • Infographics
  • Imovies
  • Documentaries
Research Projects Presentations


Assessments and Grading Policy

Formal assessments include: assignments, projects, and tests.  You will be assessed informally by your participation in class activities and discussions.  


Unit Tests 2 grades
Daily Assignments (Randomly selected) 

  • Throughout each unit, assignments will be randomly selected for a letter grade 
1 grade
Projects 2 or 3 grades


Meeting Deadlines 

Due dates for classwork and homework assignments need to be met. If for any reason you are unable to complete an assignment on time, it is your responsibility to contact me in advance.  Unless you contact me in advance, points will be deducted for any assignment that is not turned in on time. For each day the assignment is late 10 points will be deducted from your grade.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to complete any work that you missed.  Haywood County policy will be followed for make-up work.


No talking when the teacher or other classmates are talking (Respect)
Be on time and on task
Be prepared for class 

  • Assignments completed and ready for discussion
  • Headphones/earbuds 
  • Charged IPads 
Always try your hardest
Have a Positive Attitude
Participate! Participate! Participate!
Agree to disagree!
Be willing to make mistakes -that is how you learn
Submit your assignments on time in Google Classroom
During Google Meets your video camera should be turned on and your microphone should be off unless you are participating.


Class Schedules

Period Google Classroom Code  Google Meet Link Remind Code
1 – 8:30 to 9:50
2 – 10:00 to 11:30 u3x4nab Google Meet American History II @h64d2h836
3 – 12:50 to 2:20


Google Classroom

Google Classroom will be our learning platform.  This is where you find, complete, and turn in all of your assignments.

To join Google Classroom:


  • Go to the Google app square and select Classroom (chalkboard)
  • Once you are in Classroom, click the + sign in the top right corner
  • Click ‘Join a Class’
  • Type in the class code for your class period


Google Meet


  • The Google Meet code can be found on the Classroom app that you join.  It is also listed above!
  • We will be meeting daily through Google Meet




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