Coach Bracey



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Coach Bracey

Hello, I am a UNCW graduate and teach  American History.


1st block-American 1

2nd block-American 1

3rd block- American 1


  • Class Syllabus

    Coach Bracey

    American History I

    Johnston County Schools

    Course Description:

    American History I: The Founding Principles will begin with the European exploration of the new world through Reconstruction. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States from European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of colonial America and the outbreak of the American Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the U.S. Constitution. American History I: The Founding Principles will guide students as they study the establishment of political parties, America’s westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, how that sectional conflict led to the Civil War, and the consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction.

    For the entire American History I curriculum, visit the following link:

    Course Supplies:

    * 1- 5 subject spiral notebook (honors)

    * 1-3 ring binder (standard)

    * Highlighters

    * PDF version of Amsco’s United States History

    Course Outline/Timeline:

    Unit Name

    Unit Breakdown

    Unit 1: Exploration and Colonization (1492-1763)

    European exploration, settlement of North America, English colonial policies, French and Indian War, economic & political development of colonies, along with God, gold, and glory.

    Unit 2: Revolution through the Federalist Period (1763-1815)

    Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Hamilton’s economic policy, Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Federalist Era, Rise of the Two-Party System, territorial expansion

    Unit 3: Era of Good Feelings Through Jacksonian Era (1816-1840)

    Era of Good Feelings, Monroe Doctrine, Era of the Common Man, Age of Jackson, Native American relocation,

    Unit 4: The Second Great Awakening and Reform Movements (1820-1860)

    Second Great Awakening, Social Reforms and Reformers, Abolition Movement, Transcendentalism, Seneca Falls – Beginning of Women’s movement

    Unit 5: Manifest Destiny and Expansion Westward (1803-1877)

    Manifest Destiny, Texas and Mexican War, Oregon Territory, California Gold Rush and Statehood, Mormons and Utah, railroad construction and expansion

    Unit 6: The Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)

    Politics of Slavery, Republican Party, Secession, Military Campaigns, Politics of War, Life during the war, Politics of Reconstruction, Collapse of Reconstruction

    Exam Review


    Grading Guidelines

    Remember we are now on a 10 point grading scale. Your grade will be calculated using weighted categories. Throughout the course we will have brief Quizzes on assorted topics within each unit. These quizzes will be given on an irregular basis as needed.  At the end of each Unit students will be given a Unit Test.  We will regularly utilize Project-based Learning which will engage you in complex activities. It often requires a cooperative learning group environment that focuses on a product or performance over several class periods. A project may involve research, problem solving, synthesis and organizational skills.  Also, be aware that it is extremely important that students participate in all class discussions and activities  This is one of the best ways to demonstrate knowledge and understanding.  Grades are based upon these items with some weighted heavier than others.

    The Final Exam is 20% of the final course grade, this test is a North Carolina Final Exam

    Classroom Rules:  


    1. Be on time: This means in your assigned seat when the bell rings. We will adhere to the CHHS tardy policy
    2. Be respectful: Do not talk while I am talking or other inappropriate times. You will have time in class to engage with your peers.
    3. Be prepared: Be on task and engaged in your education
    4. No food, bottles of water are ok
    5. Follow all CHHS rules


    Additional Info:

    SMART Lunch Schedule

    * Mondays: B tutorial

    * Tuesdays: A tutorial

    Tutorial requirements

    * Class average A-B: Exempt

    * Class average C-D: 1 tutorial in the 3 week period

    * Class average 60-below: 1 tutorial per week

    The social studies department will be utilizing a rotation system for tutorials. You will receive a pass for the tutorial that is appropriate for your needs. Your pass will count as attendance for tutorial.

    • Testing Session: All make up tests and retests will be administered
    • Review Session: Students will have the opportunity to review the test from the previous unit (teacher led instruction)
    • Current Topics Session: Students will have the opportunity to review topics from the current unit of study (teacher led instruction)
    • General Study Hall: Students can work on missing assignments, current assignments, study, work on small group projects

    Students that do not fulfill tutorial requirements will be assigned after school detention. Tutorials are open to my students only, sorry no friends.

     Remember to sign up for parent portal to access your student’s grade. Grades will  be updated every Friday.


    I will keep my classroom webpage updated. Please check it often. The class webpage will be very important because of lack of paper. I will also email a unit newsletter with the start of each new unit. Please be sure to sign up for emails and remind. I will also be using your school gmail accounts. If you have any questions or concerns please email me.

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