AP United States History


Course Policies

Women on Glacier Point
Women dancing on Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park in the 19th century. The federal government set aside the park in 1894 -- and from then on the area was a site of power struggles. The picture represents many of the themes of the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States including environmental preservation, women's rights, and the struggle between the federal government and local governments. California Historical Society


Academic Integrity !
At St. Gregory, we have an Honor System that is in effect at all times and for all assignments.  When you agree to participate in this class, you pledge to do your own work, to be honest in all of your assignments, and, when borrowing materials from other sources, to give them due credit. Please sign each written assignment pledging that you have upheld the Honor System. Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s ideas or words without giving that person proper credit.  Your work should be original, but if you do use someone else’s idea(s), you MUST cite that person.  When in doubt, CITE IT!

Please refer to your hard copy of our syllabus for the St. Gregory Faculty Handbook definition of academic integrity.

We will discuss what plagiarism is. I will know it when I see it and you will know it when you do it. There are a number of great sites to help you get a handle on the definition. Most importantly, just cite any original thought (that isn't yours) and do your own work. Never submit something you've taken from someone (including the Internet) else. For more information refer to the following sites:

Council of Writing Program Administrators

American Historical Association

Purdue University's OWL

Late Work

If you need an extension for any of the written assignments, you must ask Dr. Berry at least 24 hours in advance for that extension.  We will decide on a reasonable date and then the assignment must be turned in with no further extension (each student is eligible for only one extension/semester).  Late work without an official extension will not be accepted without penalty.  For each day the assignment is late, your grade on that assignment will be decreased by a FULL letter grade.  For example, if an assignment is 2 days late, your grade automatically will drop from an A to a C. Needless to say...Dr. Berry does NOT like late work.

Make-up Work

If you have been absent, see me the day you return, and we will discuss any missed in-class assignments. Please hand in late homework as soon as possible (the above late work policy will, of course, apply to ALL absences, including excused absences for any assignment assigned more than one week in advance). Make-up final exams will NOT be given. If you have an in-class presentation and are absent (even if it excused), you will be docked one full letter grade on the assignment.

Tardy Policy
The policy is: Do NOT Be Late to Class.  When the bell rings you should be in your seats ready to begin the class.  Walking in late is disruptive and disrespectful and will result in a 10% loss of your participation grade for the day (or a one point deduction).


For a list of assignments click here.

Each assignment will have its own grading rubric. Each rubric will be posted on-line and usuall discussed in class. All point totals are then based on the following scale.

A+ 4.3 (98-100) A 4.0 (93-97) A- 3.7 (90-92)

B+ 3.3 (87-89) B 3.0 (83-86) B- 2.7 (80-82)

C+ 2.3 (77-79) C 2.0 (73-76) C- 1.7 (70-72)

D+ 1.3 (67-69) D 1.0 (63-66) D- 0.7 (60-62)

F 0.0 (0-59)

You may inquire about your grade at any time during the year, and I encourage you to come talk with me if you have any concerns about your progress in the course.

And Remember!

A student will not be admitted to any state university with a  deficiency 
(an average lower than C or less than four mathematics courses)  
in more than two departments, or in both mathematics and science.