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SSU501BT: US HisB (2013-2014)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
COURSE TITLE: U.S. History (Sem 2)
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
CODE: SSU501BT
TYPE: REG
CREDITS:
COURSE LENGTH: 6 weeks

Major Concepts/Content: This course is a survey of American history from the Pre-Columbian Era through present day domestic and foreign issues that affect American society. During this course, students will examine the political, economic, and social development of the United States from the formation of the land bridge to the Modern Era. Included in this course will be activities that will allow students to further explore such subject matter through written exercises, discussions, and individual research. Students will also utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills as they participate in interactive discussions, and complete assignments establishing real-world connections.

Competencies:
DoDEA U.S. History Standards

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the causes that led to the growth and development of North America during the Pre-Columbian Era.
  • Identify civilizations that existed within North America during the Pre-Columbian Era.
  • Describe the various motives that led to the foreign exploration and colonization of North America.
  • Analyze the role of religion within the growth and development of the United States.
  • Identify the causes and effects of the American Revolution.
  • Explain the process of forming a government under the new nation.
  • Analyze America’s foreign policy after the War of 1812.
  • Explain the significance of the Western frontier in American history.
  • Compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, and social differences that existed between the southern and northern regions of the United States prior to the Civil War.
  • Identify the causes and effects of the Civil War.
  • Discuss the evolving role of the presidency from George Washington through Abraham Lincoln.
  • Identify individuals who contributed to the growth and development of the United States within the fields of science, politics, economics, industry, literature, and society.

Course Outline: Semester One

Settling of the America’s (Pre-Columbian – 1783)

  • Section 1 - Settling the Americas: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Pre-Columbian Era
  • Section 3 - Europe’s Role in the New World
  • Section 4 - European Exploration and Colonization
  • Section 5 - The New England and Southern Colonies
  • Section 6 - The American Revolution
  • Section 7 - Exam Preparation

The Growing Nation (1777 – 1830)

  • Section 1 - The Growing Nation: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Forming the New Republic
  • Section 3 - Expanding the Republic
  • Section 4 - Resistance, War, and Expansion
  • Section 5 - Settling the Western Frontier
  • Section 6 - Innovators and Inventions: The Course to Change
  • Section 7 - Exam Preparation

The Dividing Nation (1808 – 1850)

  • Section 1 - The Dividing Nation: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Divisions Among the Nation
  • Section 3 - Nationalism Section 4 - Jacksonian Democracy and Beyond
  • Section 5 - America and Reform Movements
  • Section 6 - Exam Preparation

The Expanding Nation (1765 – 1849)

  • Section 1 - The Expanding Nation: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Immigration and Divisions
  • Section 3 - Spanish Influence in North America
  • Section 4 - Trails, Texas, and Beyond
  • Section 5 - Exam Preparation

The Nation Torn Apart (1844 – 1865)

  • Section 1 - The Nation Torn Apart: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Causes for Separation
  • Section 3 - The Decline of the Nation
  • Section 4 - The Civil War
  • Section 5 - Exam Preparation

Semester 1 Exam


Course Outline: Semester Two

Reconstructing and Expanding America (1865 – 1890)

  • Section 1 - Reconstructing and Expanding America: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Reconstruction
  • Section 3 - U.S. Expansion Westward
  • Section 4 - Innovation and Industry
  • Section 5 - Big Business
  • Section 6 - Unionization
  • Section 7 - Exam Preparation

From the Age of Extremes to a World Power (1880 – 1914)

  • Section 1 - From the Age of Extremes to a World Power: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Immigration
  • Section 3 - City Growth
  • Section 5 - Culture and Politics
  • Section 5 - Imperialist Attitudes
  • Section 6 - World War I
  • Section 7 - Exam Preparation

Progressivism to Hard Times (1900 – 1932)

  • Section 1 - Progressivism to Hard Times: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Government Reform and Women’s Rights
  • Section 3 - Moral Issues and Conflicts
  • Section 4 - Social and Cultural Trends
  • Section 5 - Business, Economy, and Government Policy
  • Section 6 - Depression and the New Deal
  • Section 7 - Exam Preparation

America: A World Leader Emerges (1933 – 1957)

  • Section 1 - America: A World Leader Emerges: Introduction
  • Section 2 - The Road to War
  • Section 3 - The War in Europe
  • Section 4 - The War in the Pacific
  • Section 5 - World War II and the American Home Front
  • Section 6 - World War II and Beyond
  • Section 7 - Exam Preparation

The Tumultuous Sixties (1957 – 1972)

  • Section 1 - The Tumultuous Sixties: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Kennedy and Johnson
  • Section 3 - Foreign and Domestic Issues
  • Section 4 - Vietnam and the Nixon Years
  • Section 5 - Exam Preparation

The Road to the Modern Era (1974 – Present)

  • Section 1 - The Road to the Modern Era: Introduction
  • Section 2 - The Ford and Carter Administrations
  • Section 3 - The Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations
  • Section 4 - The Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations
  • Section 5 - Exam Preparation

Semester Exam Preparation

  • Section 1 - Semester Exam Preparation: Introduction
  • Section 2 - Reconstruction
  • Section 3 - Immigration
  • Section 4 - Government Reform and Women’s Rights
  • Section 5 - Kennedy and Johnson
  • Section 6 - The Ford and Carter Administration

Semester Exam

Essential Software:

Textbook

  • United States History, Modern America, 2010: Pearson-Prentice Hall;
  • Student Text ISBN 0-13-368211-0