United States and Virginia History 

    Mrs. Susan Dorn



    DESCRIPTION: This course of study encompasses the development of American ideals and institutions through the study of major events, eras and personalities of U.S. and Virginia history from the age of exploration to the modern era. Themes which should be emphasized throughout the course include: the diverse peoples and cultures who have made up and continue to make up American society; the economic, social and cultural transformation of the U.S. from pre-industrial colonies to a highly technological, post-industrial society; the evolution of democracy in the U.S.; and the nation’s changing global role. The historical development and basic principles of the Constitution of the United States and the fundamental concepts of the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom are examined and related to everyday life.


    America’s Cultural Roots

    The Colonial Era (1607-1754)

    The Revolutionary Era (1754-1783)

    Establishing a New Nation (1781-1789)

    Early Republic (1789-1855)

    Reshaping the Nation (1800-1860)

    Sectional Divisions and Civil War (1846-1865)

    Reconstruction (1865-1877)

    Industry and Immigration (1865-1814)

    Changes in the Late 1800s (1865-1900)

    America Comes of Age (1890-1920)

    World War I and the 1920s (1914-1929)

    The Depression and the New Deal (1929-1941)

    World War II (1931-1945)

    Postwar America (1945-1960)

    Civil Rights (1945-1968)

    Vietnam Era (1954-1975)

    Era of Change (1960-1980)

    America in the 1980s and 1990s (1980-1999)

    America in the 21st Century (2000-present)


    Textbook: Virginia and United States History, Pearson 2017


     Class Rules: These rules are few in numbers, easy to understand, and you are expected to follow them as often as possible.  

    1. Mutual respect
    2. Be on time
    3. NO PHONES!!!
    4. Come to class prepared - bring a pencil, pen a 3-ring binder or paper
    5. Be Respectful of others and their property
    6. NO PHONES!!!
    7. Do Not Disrupt others or the learning environment.
    8. Be Cooperative.
    9. Food and drink are allowed unless it becomes a problem, then food and drink will be prohibited. 
    10. Be engaged

     If you are late to class you must sign the BWHS Tardy Report.  If you are late 3 times you must attend Friday School.  No passes signed the first 20 minutes or the last 20 minutes of class.


    Materials:  You will need the following items every class period.

     Student Tablet.

    1. 3-Ring Binder to use as a Notebook, or folder with loose leaf paper
    2. Pencil or a pen


     100% of the grade will come from a minimum of 5 summative assessments per quarter (summative tests or summative projects).

    • The maximum for one assessment will be 20% of a quarterly grade.

     Assessment Retakes:

    • Students who earn an 80% or lower on an assessment may retake that assessment one time for a maximum score of 80% (a different version of the assessment content will be given). 
      • Student must make arrangements with Mrs. Dorn in advance to retake the assessment.
      • Students will be required to submit a portfolio of ALL classwork materials related to that assessment – FULLY COMPLETED – in order to be eligible for a retake.

     Missing School Days, Make Up Assignments and Missed Assessments:

    If you do miss a day of school you need to be responsible for yourself and make up missed assignments. Use Mrs. Dorn’s Google classroom to keep track of where we are in the class. 

    1. Missing assessments will receive a 0 or Z grade in the gradebook until they are completed.
    2. Missing assignments will be recorded as a 0 or Z in the gradebook until then are completed.
    3. Check Google classroom, send me an email, call a friend to find out what is going on and how to catch back up.

    If you need to contact me outside of school hours, please e-mail me at susan.dorn@lcps.org.  If prior arrangements are made, I can meet with students before school and during school. I am in room 301.