• US History 12

    Mr. Petrone


    US History 12 Syllabus


    Course Overview:


    This course presents a unique opportunity to give students and in-depth look into Post-WW2 America from a variety of perspectives. Students will evaluate multiple primary sources and develop their own understanding of events.  While most students around NYS will ‘cram’ US History into their junior year, we hear at Ardsley understand the importance of taking a closer look at the last 60 years. Studying History today does not just mean memorizing dates, places, and people. Our goal is to understand ‘how’ and ‘why’ history occurred the way it did; not just ‘what’ happened and ‘when’.


    Curriculum Overview:


    The course begins with an interesting look at the U.S. decision to use nuclear force during WW2.  Students will develop an understanding of how the Cold War came to start and how the post-war economy was built and began to flourish. Our course will then take a thorough look at The Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam and Korean Wars through a variety of lenses. We will finish the semester approximately 1 week prior to the January US History Regents exam with a look at the so called ‘Age of Terrorism’ and how the US has changed over the past ten years.

    Units of Instruction:


    1. The Cold War
    2. The Postwar Years at Home
    3. The Civil Rights Movement
    4. The Kennedy and Johnson Years
    5. An Era of Activism
    6. The Vietnam Era
    7. Nixon, Ford, & Carter
    8. The Conservative Revolution
    9. America in the New Millennia


    Grading Policy:

    The following grading will be used to evaluate each student’s progress


    • Assessments 80%
    • Homework 20%



    All students must have a 3-ring binder with 3 sections; notes with loose-leaf, homework & Tests/quizzes. Each section must be maintained throughout the school year and will be checked periodically throughout the semester.




    All students will use Prentice Hall’s America, Pathways to the Present, I will upload selected excerpts from our text to our google drive. Copies of the text will also be available in our classroom and the Library.  Writing assignments and homework assignments will generally call for students to supplement class information with outside information from the text.




    While homework will vary from primary source inquiry to paragraph and DBQ writing, each unit will require students to complete a series of reading grids. Reading grids are graphic organizers used to help students classify the main ideas from each section of the text. We will work to model these reading grids in class at the start of the year.


    • Missed homework policy:  Ardsley UFSD requires that for an excused absence, students will be given as many days to make up the assignment as the number of days they missed. If a student is absent one day, they will be given one extra day to complete the assignment
    • Anticipated unexcused absence policy: Ardsley UFSD requires that teachers not give students work ahead of time in the event of a planned vacation or other unexcused absence. Students will be required to make up all work and may lose partial credit as a result of any unexcused absence.



    My webpage can be accessed through Google Classroom.  My google classroom page includes all long term assignments, resources, testing dates, project dates/descriptions, as well as discussion forums. Please note that all assignments are kept as accurate as possible, though students are required to write homework down in class everyday.



    Please contact me at anytime via phone *5905 at or by email at epetrone@ardsleyschools.org Please leave your name, number, and best time to return your call, and I will get back to you within 24 hours. I will also be in contact with you throughout the year to update you on your child’s progress.

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