United States History



De Soto Area School District



Course Information

Instructor: Mr. Joseph G. Marley

1 Carnegie Credit

(608) 675-3122

Distance Delivery


Course Site

FAX: (925) 226-1969



Contact Time: 7am-4PM M-F

Course Description:

This course is designed to meet the needs of correspondence students who have struggled with traditional correspondence classes. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of all students: self motivated high level learners, students with lower reading levels, students with low-level organization skills, and students with low motivation. Assignments are short, fast-paced and well organized, which leads to quick successes and high motivation to meet the De Soto Area School District Curriculum, State of Wisconsin Standards, and National Education Standards. Joe Marley has developed this course to meet your special needs as well. Please contact him if you have a need that is not met by this course. DAS United States History is a comprehensive course that covers the full range of United States History broken into 10 Units: The beginings of American history to 1607, colonization and stettlement, revolution and the new nation, expansion and reform, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the development of industry, the start of the modern nation, the Depression and WWII, period after WWII, and contemporary United States. Quizzes and tests are available on-line (graded immediately) or printed upon request. For an extra fee, tests may be sent out in a packet to a parent or a local instructor and mailed back. Study guides, lab activities, and lesson summaries are also available in packet form or on-line. The comprehensive check list below lists all items to be completed in the course. You may use it to keep track of where you are in the course.



Reading Level: 3.8 Spache

Interest Level: Grades 6-12, ABE, ESL


What You Will Need to Purchase for this Course?



AGS United States History 2001

Isbn10: 0785425268

Isbn13: 9780785425267

http://pearsonschool.com or we'll get one to you for $70.



Course Registration:

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Printed Tests and Quizzes/Hand Grading

It is possible to have paper copies of all quizzes and tests and then have them administrated by an on-site instructor. You will not need Internet or computer access to complete the course using this method. However, due to the extra grading time and printing costs there is an additional fee of $45 per semester for this option.


Supplementary readings

            From time to time students will receive information about resent developments in United States History that will be important for future interpretations of history. They will receive information about web sites, magazine articles, and books related to topics of interest.


Academic Dishonesty

            With most correspondence courses as well as United States History honesty of parents and students is essential. In the event that DAS administration suspects cheating or dishonesty among students and proctors an investigation will be carried out. If the investigation shows that cheating has occurred then the student will receive a failing grade and no credit.



EVERYONE should be able to achieve an "A" in this class! You may take the quizzes as many times as you like and your top score on the quiz is the one that counts. It is also permissible to use notes, study materials, and books on the quizzes. After you complete a quiz on-line it will be immediately scored and you will be given a summary of your responses and the correct responses. If you miss one or two you can memorize the answers and go back and retake the quiz. Be careful, it will not be in the same order the second time. Quizzes will count for 50% of your grade.


The tests will count as 50% of your grade. Much of what is on the quizzes will show up again on the tests. Print out the quizzes and study them before taking the tests. The self-study checklist and the study guide have great information to prepare you for a test, use them. Your first score on any test is the one that counts. Although you will be allowed to take the test as many times as you like the scores you receive will not count. You are not allowed to use notes, study materials, and books on the tests. The tests are meant to reflect how much you have learned while completing the lessons and investigations. If you follow the self-study checklist I have no doubt that you will do great on the tests!


The following grading scale will be used for determining your final grade. After completing the course with a "D-" or better you will receive one Carnegie credit from the De Soto Area School District.






94% - 99%


90% - 93%


87% - 89%


83% - 86%


80% - 82%


77% - 79%


73% - 76%


70% - 72%


67% - 69%


63% - 66%


60% - 62%


< 60%



Course Schedule

You are in charge of your own schedule. The course must be completed within one year of the start day. We do post .25 credits for each quarter completed.


Subject to Change

This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances. It is your responsibility to check the web site for changes weekly. You instructor will also notify you of changes via e-mail.