SSU501: US History (2011-2012)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Social Studies
COURSE TITLE: US History
CALENDAR YEAR: 2011-2012
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: Following a review of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students in grade eleven study the major events in American history in the twentieth century. Building on prior knowledge of industrialization, students analyze the emergence and impact of accelerated technological development, a corporate economy, and related social and cultural effects on society. Students trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. Emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. Students analyze how the United States has served as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we afforded are not accidental, but the results of a defined set of political principles that are not always basic to citizens of other countries. Students understand that our rights under the U.S. Constitution are a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry for their preservation and protection.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided relative to the content standards of the US History, and use chronological and spatial thinking, historical research, and interpretation to demonstrate intellectual reasoning, reflection and research skills.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Evaluation will be comprised of assessments for/of learning in content standards knowledge, historical analysis, making historical connections and social studies research skills utilizing primary source documents.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the US History course of study, students should be able to:
- Review the significant events in the founding of the United States and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the declaration of Independence.
- Analyze the role religion played in the founding of America, its lasting moral, social, and political impacts, and issues regarding religious liberty.
- Analyze the relationship among the rise of industrialization, large-scale rural to urban migration, and massive immigration from Southern and eastern Europe and Asia.
- Trace the rise of the United States to its role as a world power in the twentieth century.
- Analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920’s.
- Analyze the different explanations for the great depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government.
- Analyze U.S. participation in World War II.
- Analyze U.S. foreign policy in the emerging Cold war and its aftermath.
- Analyze the economic boom and social transformation of post – World War II America.
- Analyze the development of “The New frontier”, “The Great Society” and federal civil rights and voting rights.
- Analyze the major social problems, domestic and economic policy issues and foreign policy in contemporary American society.