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Miller Grove High School

Dekalb County Schools

U.S. History

US History Syllabus



School Year: 2020-2021


Course Name

U.S. History

Course Code


School Name

Miller Grove HS

Teacher Name

Mrs. Charmaine Brown

School Phone Number


Teacher Email

[email protected]

School Website

Teacher Website



Course Description

Course Description:  The high school United States history course provides students with a comprehensive, intensive study of major events and themes in United States history. Beginning with early European colonization, the course examines major events and themes throughout United States history. The course concludes with significant developments in the early 21st century. Students should become aware of the changing nature of society and problems inherent in and the challenges of a world in constant motion.   Successfully passing this class is a requirement for graduation.


Curriculum Overview 

The following academic concepts will be covered. THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.



Unit 1 – Colonization (SSUSH1-SSUSH2)

Unit 2  – American Revolution & U.S. Constitution (SSUSH3-SSUSH5)

Unit 3 – Early Government & Westward Expansion (SSUSH6-SSUSH7)

Unit 4 – Civil War & Reconstruction (SSUSH8-SSUSH10)

Unit 5 – Industrial Revolution, Reform  & U.S. Imperialism (SSUSH11-SSUSH14)

Unit 6 & 7 – WWI, Roaring 20’s, Great Depression & the New Deal, WWII (SSUSH15-SSUSH19)

Unit 8 – Cold War (SSUSH20)

Unit 9 – Civil Rights and Social Change (SSUSH21)

Unit 10  – Modern Era (SSUSH22-SSUSH23)

Final Exam Review - Domains I, II, III, IV, V



Textbook Title


United States History and Geography, McGraw-Hill 2018

Online book and/or resources


*Students will be provided with a textbook account in which to log-in and access an electronic copy of the book, along with additional online resources.

-Students can access their textbook through their Clever Launchpad by clicking on the McGraw Hill icon


Microsoft Teams 

Team Names: Visit Teams through Launch Pad or phone App

*Synchronous & Asynchronous Instruction

US History: 1st Period (Fall Semester)

US History: 2nd Period (Fall Semester)

Remind access code

 Download the Remind phone App or log on via computer:

Join Code: @ag332b

*will be used as a communication tool for class updates



GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report grades that represent the student’s academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA




Pre-Assessments - 0%

(Diagnostic Activities)


Assessment During Learning – 25%

(Projects, Quizzes, Class participation activities, etc.)


Guided, Independent, or Group Practice – 45%

(Classwork, homework & performance activities)


Summative Assessment or Assessment of Learning– 30%

(Tests & Culminating projects)


Please note: The *EOC (End of Course Assessment) will count as 20% of student’s final grade at the end of this course. *The State of Georgia has applied to the Federal Government to waive standardized testing this year

A             90 – 100                               ~P (pass)

B             80 – 89                                 ~(fail)                

C             71 – 79 

D             70 

F              Below 70


*Please check Infinite Campus for student’s academic progress and attendance in this course. 





*English Learners (ELs) must not receive numerical or letter grades for the core content areas in elementary and middle school during their first year of language development. A grade of CS or CU must be assigned. This rule may be extended beyond the first year with approval from the EL Studies Program. English Learners must receive a grade for ESOL courses. 




Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester.  The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently, and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students. See Board Policy IH.


Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password. See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook.


Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience.  Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience.  It should be considered the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. See Board Policy IHB.


*as stated in the DCSS virtual handbook

Student attendance will be a way to ensure that students have the academic and social-emotional support for virtual learning.  Teachers will mark student attendance based upon participation in virtual learning activities such as uploading assignments based upon pre-determined deadlines and participating in synchronous sessions.  

  • Students with technology will be expected to participate in all synchronous and asynchronous activities and earn attendance through VERGE and Microsoft Teams.  
  • Students without technology will be put on an individual plan as developed by the classroom teacher for additional support and contacted daily via an alternate communication plan.



Student Presence 

  • Attendance will be measured by the full day.  Students are expected to participate in each class. 
  • Attendance is defined as evidence of engagement with the assignment.
  • Attendance can be measured in the following ways (including, but not limited to):
    1. VERGE or Microsoft Teams check in
    2. Assignments submitted that were due on that day
    3. Questions to answer on VERGE or Microsoft Teams
    4. Participation in an online discussion
    5. Class participation during synchronous session
    6. Login to synchronous session
    7. Phone call or email with the parent/guardian or related services provider


Student Absence

  • Excused Absence – the parent/guardian contacts the teacher to inform that the student is unable to participate in any activities for the day.
  • Unexcused Absence
    1. The student does not participate in any part of the activities for the day.
    2. The student has not checked in with the teacher.
    3. The student’s parent/guardian does not contact the teacher.


  • Encourage and require the student to participate in all synchronous and asynchronous activities and assignments.
  • Inform the local school designee and teacher of an absence within a 24-hour time period of the absence.
  • Inform the school if something is occurring that is preventing the student from participating in virtual learning.


Late and Missing Assignments

*as stated in the DCSS virtual handbook

It is the expectation that students submit assignments in a timely manner.  All assignments will have a pre-determined deadline.  If a student does not complete the assignment by the pre-determined due date, a M will be recorded for the assignment with a score of a zero.     


The student will have three opportunities to complete the assignment after the original due date with a grade penalty.     If there are extenuating circumstances that can be verified, the penalty may not be applied.  The teacher must receive the request for the work within one week of the original deadline. 



When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. See Board Policy IHEA.



Computers (Chrome books):   All students must gain access to a computer at home, school, or public library as all assignments are posted online. Assignments can also be accessed with a smart phone. Assigned work and a variety of resources will be posted and referenced to the Internet throughout the semester via Verge, Microsoft Teams, and other technological sources such as Flipgrid and Remind. In addition, software programs such as  Office 365 and Google Docs will be utilized regularly during the school year.  


  • Please note: Students without technology will be put on an individual plan as developed by the classroom teacher for additional support to receive assignments.  

*Please be sure to back up any files on whatever computer system you use.  

        Virtual Classroom Etiquette: 

  1. Log On- Use your LEGAL name for attendance purposes.
  2. Be on Time- Have all necessary materials prepared and ready, including technology.
  3. Mute Yourself- Make sure your mic is on mute BEFORE you enter the classroom. Pay attention to your teacher and others who may be speaking.
  4. Participate- Be focused and ACTIVELY participate in independent, cooperative group or whole class activities. Type in comments or questions in the chat or wait for your teacher to call on you. Refrain from electronic devices (cell phones) unless instructed for academic usage.
  5. Be Respectful- No profanity, vulgarity or inappropriate comments. Do not speak when someone else is talking or presenting and respond to others with respect in word and gesture.
  6. Dress appropriately- Please adhere to the dress code criteria as stated in the Student Code of Conduct.

 Tests/Quizzes: You will be given a test at the end of every Unit. Assessment material will cover information presented from readings, lecture notes, handouts, and any other pertinent information. Each test will be announced, and you are encouraged to invest your time in order to perform well on tests. quizzes will be given also and it is your responsibility to be prepared for them at any given moment. All assessments will be completed on the Illuminate Assessment Platform.


EOC/Final Exam – The state of Georgia has applied for a testing waiver with the federal government to waive standardized testing.  However, all students will be assessed at the end of the semester with a comprehensive final exam that will be counted in the summative assessment grading category (30%).


Cheating/Plagiarism:  Cheating will not be tolerated on ANY ASSIGNMENTS. Plagiarism is prohibited. Student(s) will receive a ZERO if caught on the 1st offense and the assignment CANNOT BE MADE UP. Second offense will result in a referral to an administrator for further disciplinary action. *If a student allows others to copy his or her work, ALL students involved will be penalized. 


Computer, phone, headphones, USB flash drive, folder, Loose- leaf notebook paper, Pens/pencils, colored pencils or markers, & highlighters 



Virtual Office Hours: 

Monday- Friday (2:00-4:00 pm)


Extended Learning Times: Monday & Thursday (9:00-9:40 am)

As built into the virtual learning schedule, this timeframe is an opportunity for students to receive remediation and/or enrichment based upon academic and non-academic expectations.  

Tutorials: Available by appointment on Wednesdays

Please Note: Extended Learning and tutorial will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams.

*Students are encouraged to form study groups or partners outside of class time in order to prepare for assignments and assessments. 



As a veteran teacher of DeKalb County Schools, I will do my best to provide a classroom atmosphere that will be conducive to educational challenges, learning opportunities, and academic success. I expect to have your support as we work together to prove every child can learn and succeed. 

  • Parents/Guardians will be able to view all grades and are encouraged to monitor grades through the Parent Assistant. Zeros(M-missing work) earned by students will be posted in Infinite Campus.
  • Teachers will provide three make-up work opportunities to students to complete missed work or improve failed work within a two-week deadline as established by the teacher.
  • Teachers will document contacts to parent/guardian in Infinite Campus.
  • A deficiency report will be provided to parents via email or US mail to the parent/guardian indicating the plan for improvement.
  • Parents will be contacted by email, phone and Remind

 Remind Code: Join Code: @ag332b

*Parent conferences can be scheduled virtually or via phone by appointment only during virtual office hours or Wednesdays.





(homework grade)





Parent/Guardian Signature: _________________Date: ________



I have read the syllabus.


Student Signature___________________________________________________________


Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________________________




Additional information to support continued contact:




Day Time Phone Number



Cellular Phone Number



Home Phone Number



Email Address




*This form maybe printed, completed, and submitted through email or Microsoft Teams. It can also be completed electronically by submitting a Syllabus Acknowledgment Form. Copy and paste the link below in your web browser: