U.S. History is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the ideals, accomplishments, and major turning points in American history, with particular emphasis on the colonial era, national era, reconstruction, and events and people of the 20th and 21st centuries. Following a review of the nation's beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technologies and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects. The course traces 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. An 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. Through research, discussions and readings, students will interpret the major social problems of our time and analyze their causes in historical events.
This course includes a broad series of lessons and activities that offer a variety of modalities for ultimate student engagement and content retention. Each unit contains a series of lessons that include an introduction of content, virtual demonstration of that content, and repeated opportunity to practice that content, along with a quiz per lesson, exam per unit, and final exam at the end of the course.