Smith, Cornel

Welcome to U.S. History

Welcome to U.S. History


This social studies class is a mandatory course for graduation in the state of Texas. This course covers United States History from Reconstruction until the 21st Century. In United States History Studies Since 1877, which is the second part of a two-year study that begins in Grade 8, students study the history of the United States from 1877 to the present. The course content is based on the founding documents of the U.S. government, which provide a framework for its heritage. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, and the social events and issues related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies, and reform movements, including civil rights. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major events and eras and analyze their causes and effects.  Students examine the impact of constitutional issues on American society, evaluate the dynamic relationship of the three branches of the federal government, and analyze efforts to expand the democratic process. Students describe the relationship between the arts and popular culture and the times during which they were created. Students analyze the impact of technological innovation on American life.  Students use critical-thinking skills and a variety of primary and secondary source material to explain and apply different methods that historians use to understand and interpret the past, including multiple points of view and historical context. 

2014-2015  Hybrid Bell Schedule
Bell Schedule


Conference period(s):
C02 09:35 - 10:15 A.M. 
A02 10:20 - 11:50 A.M.
B01 08:45 - 10:15 A.M.

Class Rules:  
Be on time
Be prepare (pens, pencils and paper)
No drinks or eating in class
Be respectful to others

About Me

Coach Smith I have a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science from Truman State University and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Business Management/Human Relations from Webster University.  I received my teacher certification form the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I am certified to teach elementary and secondary social studies.  I am also certified to teach Advance Placement (AP) Human Geography, AP U.S. and AP World History.  I’ll been teaching in El Paso for more than twenty years and this year will be my tenth campaign at Bowie High School.  While at Bowie, I have taught World Geography for eight years, World History for one year and the last two years U.S. History.   Prior to teaching, I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and later served in the U.S. Army.  I also coached sports at the middle and high school levels.  Growing up in the Midwest and traveling around the world has provided me with a unique and diverse perspective on culture and life.  Consequently, the sums of these life experiences have propelled me to where I am today.  More importantly, my life journey has significantly crafted my skills and views on reality, the academic and learning process.  My viewpoint on education is that as an educator I have a fiduciary obligation to share the fruits of my knowledge with the future.   The future being students. Furthermore, provide my students Baskin Robins 31 flavor choices as oppose to just plain old vanilla.  I enjoyed teaching social studies to all the young at heart and those who have not figured out their future yet.  I believe that I have been very fortunate to have known and shared many Kodak moments with thousands of wonderful young people who have came through my door. As an instructional leader in the classroom, I believe that I am accountable to my students and they are accountable to me.  This makes us partners in education.