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Mr. Jose Sanchez-Garcia

U.S. History Course Syllabus

Published on 8/25/2017

U.S. History Course Syllabus

George Ranch High School


Teacher name:  Jose Sanchez-Garcia

Room: 2411

Teacher e-mail:


Course Objectives: 

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the issues and events in U.S. History

2.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the geographic influences on issues and events in U.S. History.

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of economic and social influences on historical issues and events.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of political influences on historical issues and events.
  3. Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze social studies information.


Course Description:  Students will study the history of the United States since Reconstruction to the present. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies of the Cold War and post-Cold War eras, and reform movements including civil rights. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major events and analyze causes and effects of the Great Depression. Students examine the impact of constitutional issues on American society, evaluate the dynamic relationship of the three branches of the federal government, and analyze efforts to expand the democratic process. Students describe the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created. Students analyze the impact of technological innovations on the American labor movement. Students use critical-thinking skills to explain and apply different methods that historians use to interpret the past, including points of view and historical context.


Cell Phone Policy:

The use of cell phones is not permitted while you are in class without my permission. We will use our phones on occasion for educational purposes and that will be clearly communicated to students as to when they may use them. If your phone is taken up, you will not get it back until the end of the day after the final bell rings at 3:30. A third infraction will get your phone sent to the student service window and you will need to pay $15.00 to get your phone back. Failure to comply with these rules or refusal to give up your cell phone will result in a call to 4200 which will become a non-compliance issue.


Grading Policy: 

        Minor Grades               40%

            Major Grades               60%




Make Up Policy:

Students will have two days to make up work from an absence (even if that absence was for more than one day).

Exceptions can be made for special situations. You must communicate this to your teacher in order to receive an extension.


Tutoring Schedule:  Monday, Wed, Fri. during (B) Lunch  .


Supplies Needed:

1.      3 subject notebook with pockets

2.      Colored pencils or markers

3.      Loose-leaf paper

4.      Two pens and pencils



 Classroom Rules

  1. All George Ranch High School formal school rules, policies, and procedures apply.
  2. All encounters are based upon the foundation of respect.  All students are to respect their peers, teachers, the classroom environment, as well as themselves.
  3. Raise your hand to speak, and do not speak while others are speaking.
  4. Work hard and individually.  Do not cheat or plagiarize!
  5. Arrive on time and prepared to learn.  Be sure to bring your textbook, notebook, pens/pencils, and folder to class everyday (unless notified otherwise by teacher).
  6. No food or drink, with the exception of water, is permitted in the classroom.
  7. Submit all assignments at the time that they are due (or earlier).
  8. If absent or tardy, find out what work you are missing, and submit it within two days following your return.
  9. Keep cell phones, electronics, hats, sunglasses, and all other potential distractions turned off and stored away during class.
  10. Think positively, and try your best at all times.







Course Outline- U.S. History


First Semester:

First Six Weeks

                     The Confederation, the Constitution and Bill of Rights

Federalists and Republicans

                        The Civil War and Reconstruction

                     Settling the West

Second Six Weeks:


                        Urban America

                        Politics and Reform

                        The Progressive Movement          

Third Six Weeks:

Becoming a World Power

                        World War I and its Aftermath

                        The 1920’s

                        “Normalcy” and Good Times

Second Semester:


          Fourth Six Weeks:

                   The Great Depression

                          Roosevelt and the New Deal

  America and World War II


Fifth Six Weeks: 

 The Cold War Begins

 Postwar America

                         The Civil Rights Movement

                         The New Frontier and the Great Society

                         The Vietnam War


Sixth Six Weeks:  Review

 The Politics and Protest  

  Politics and Economics

                          Resurgence of Conservatism


Teacher Profile

Mr. Jose Sanchez-Garcia
Social Studies Tchr Hs

Hello Longhorns,

This is my second year at George Ranch High School and my ninth year as a Social Studies teacher. I have a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in History from the University of Houston (go Coogs!) and a Masters in Education from Concordia University.

I will be teaching US History AP and US History Academic this school year and look forward to meeting you all. 

Follow me on twitter @JoseSanGRHS

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