Welcome to the class website for Mr. Arnold's U.S. History I classes.  This page is devoted to general information related to the class.  Please use the specific unit pages for assignments, readings, etc. throughout our course of study.
    Mr. Arnold:  carnold@npsdnj.org






    United States History I has been designed to cover chronologically the events in American History from 1492-1877.  In addition there will be an emphasis on selected interpretations, research, and writing skills.




    Attendance:    A student enrolled in this course is expected to be present at least 90% of the days the class is in session.


    Achievement:  A student must maintain a D- or better average for the four marking periods and semester and final examinations as reflected by tests and class work based upon the objectives of the course.  The student must complete a thesis paper on an assigned time period of U.S. History I curriculum.




    Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:


    1. Explain how technology, education, and religion influence European exploration of the New World.
    2. Identify the nations and explorers most active in seeking out the New World and their individual motives.
    3. Trace the rise and fall of Spain and Portugal in the colonization race.
    4. Trace the history of English exploration and settlement in the New World.
    5. Describe three characteristics of each of the three difference types of colonies: charter, proprietary, and royal.
    6. List and describe three reasons why the Middle colonies were far more varied, cosmopolitan, and tolerant than the New England and Southern colonies.
    7. List three results of the French and Indian War and explain how each helped to produce a controversy between Great Britain and the American colonies.
    8. Given the following list of British laws, state one reason for the passage of each:  Proclamation Act of 1763, Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Currency Act, Townsend Act.
    9. Define the following terms:  Mercantile System, Triangular Trade, and Salutary neglect.
    10. Given a copy of the Declaration of Independence, summarize thee justification for revolutionary actions.
    11. List three factors favoring a British victory and three factors favoring an American victory at the outset of the Revolutionary War.
    12. List three provisions of the Treaty of Paris, 1783.
    13. List three reasons and explain in a brief paragraph the need for a Constitutional convention.
    14. List five powers delegated to the national government by the Constitution.
    15. Given a list of 10 powers, identify each as a delegated power, a reserved power, or a concurrent power.
    16. State the purpose of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
    17. List five powers given to the executive branch of the national government by the Constitution.
    18. List five powers given to the legislative branch of the national government by the Constitution.
    19. Write a brief paragraph distinguishing between division of power and separation of power.
    20. List ten rights that are protected by the Bill of Rights.
    21. Compare in an essay of 100 words the different viewpoints of Hamilton’s Federalists and Jefferson’s Republicans and explain the advantages of a two-party system.
    22. Explain the significance of Jeffersonian democracy.
    23. List and describe three causes leading to the War of 1812.
    24. List and describe three important outcomes of the War of 1812.
    25. List and explain four major provisions of the Monroe Doctrine.
    26. Define the following terms:  democracy, “favorite son,” “ King Mob.”
    27. Define the following terms: “Spoils System,” “Kitchen Cabinet,” “Trail of Tears.”
    28. Contrast Jacksonian democracy with Jeffersonian democracy.
    29. Compare the reasons for immigration during colonial times with the reasons for immigration during the period 1830-1850.
    30. Describe four aspects of slavery that made it a dehumanizing institution.
    31. Describe the causes, content, and results of the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
    32. Describe the causes and results of the Mexican War.
    33. List five provisions of the Great Compromise of 1850.
    34. Define the following terms: Wilmot Proviso, “Popular Sovereignty,” Free Soil Party.
    35. Draw a diagram comparing the parties, candidates, issues, and results in the election of 1860.
    36. Write a paragraph describing an economic cause, a constitutional cause, and an intellectual cause of the American Civil War.
    37. List two advantages of the North and two advantages of the South at the beginning of the Civil War.
    38. List the three military objectives of the North.
    39. Compare in outline form the response of the Radical Republicans and the Lincoln-Johnson position in regard to the following issues: freedmen, political leaders of the Confederacy, representation of the South in Congress and readmission to Union.
    40. Identify the following: Black Codes, Freedmen’s Bureau, The Thirteenth Amendment, The Fourteenth Amendment, Carpetbaggers, Scalawags, KKK, and “reconstruction governments.”
    41. Explain how the election of 1876 marked a turning point in southern politics and race relations.
    Grades will be posted as soon as possible after each graded assignment. More complex assignments may take an extended time to evaluate and return. Students will be given an approximate date for the return of each assignment.
    Additional Resources:
    Final Exam Materials:
    Research Paper Information:
    thesis_statement - PowerPoint presentation explaining how to write a good thesis statement
    Writing Thesis Statements - brief summary to help you write a good thesis statement
    Use the following link to create a timeline:
    Instructions for creating the timeline -->
    Directions for Current Event: Choose a recent event (last two weeks or so); Fill out the form: date is the date the article was published, the source of the article is where you found it (name of paper, website, etc); by line is who wrote the article; location is where on the webpage or newspaper the article was (describe it); for significant direct quotes write anything important that was included in the article that had a specific person named; for indirect quotes it is something that is stated in the article but not attributed to someone specific by name; for significance to the U.S. write why it is important (there must be some importance, otherwise the article would not have been written); historical reference means link something in your article to a prior event in American history - be specific; for vocabulary choose the most difficult word in the article (you must pick one) and write it in the box, then define it on the lines.  Bring your article to class.
    An interesting site on the history of State of the Union addresses:
    Cartoon Analysis Guide a guide from the Library of Congress
    Cartoon Analysis Guide Form Use this blank form adapted from the Library of Congress form to analyze a political cartoon
    Click on the link below to anlayze political cartoons: