Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

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US History I RC


Michael Karp


Phone Number

(856) 848-8200 Ext. 3403

Course Website

Google Classroom Code: Period 7-dtal4h, Period 8-i9ai7ab

Course Description

U.S. History I is a chronological study of American history from Western Expansion to the World War II era.  The course is designed to provide students with a broad perspective on turning points that have shaped the United States and continue to have an effect on the world today.  Consequently, attention is given to both cognitive and affective areas and there is a concentrated effort to relate historical events to contemporary issues.  The units of study for United States History I require that students engage in learning situations that move beyond traditional lecture-based instruction and incorporate cooperative learning and technology into classroom activities.  Similarly a variety of evaluation techniques will be employed.  The goal underlying this approach is to ensure that students learn the lessons that social studies teaches and apply their learning to contribute to the decision making in real-world contexts.

Course Expectations and Assessments

Unit 1-Reconstruction (First Marking Period)

Unit 2-Westward Expansion (First Marking Period)

Unit 3-Industrialization (Second Marking Period)

Unit 4-Immigration (Second Marking Period)

Unit 5-Progressivism (Second Marking Period)

Unit 6-Imperialism (Third Marking Period)

Unit 7-World War I (Third Marking Period)

Unit 8-The 1920s (Third Marking Period)

Unit 9-The Great Depression and New Deal (4th Marking Period)

Unit 10-World War II (4th Marking Period)

Grading Information


Projects/Writing Assessments

Group Work/Class Work


Course Policies 

Student Absence: Students are responsible for any missed work.  Students will have one day per day absent (up to four days) to make up missed work.  Absences lasting five or more days will be judged on a case-by-case basis.  Make up work can be found on Classroom or by asking Mr. Karp  

Student Responsibility: It is the responsibility of the student to follow ALL the class rules and expectations, make up any missed work, and be prepared and willing to work everyday in class.

Parent/Guardian Responsibility:  (Yes, you are part of this course too.) It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ask questions about what your son or daughter did in class, what homework they have, how the course is going, and do they need any extra help with the course.  If a problem does arise, no matter how small it might seem, please contact me as soon as possible.  Do not wait to the end of the marking period or year.  

Required and Recommended Materials 



        I am available at any time for extra assistance, by appointment,  if a student needs it.  

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

  1. Respect everyone and everything
  2. Be on time and prepared to work
  3. Wait to be dismissed
  4. Everyone participates
  5. Follow all school policies