Course

American History I

Pre-Requisites: Recommended for 8th grade
Credits: 1.0
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments/32-36 weeks


Description

Learning about history allows people to see how far we have come and what awaits us on our path to the future. In this course, students will explore the history of the United States and analyze the cause and effect in historical events. They will investigate history by using the tools of a historian to examine the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events that influenced the development of the United States. Students will imagine what it was like to live in the past by reading the stories from the people who experienced it. This course begins with the engaging stories of what brought the earliest American colonists to the New World and ends with the struggles to repair the United States following the Civil War. Engaging in this study allows students to recognize the themes of history that span across centuries and leads to a greater appreciation of the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment I

Module 01: Settlement
 
  • Welcome to United StatesHistory
  • Introduction to Settlement
  • America's Geography
  • Coming to America
  • Colonial Regions
  • Colonial Regions Advanced
  • Colonial Document
  • Economics and Slavery
  • The Historian's Clues
  • Set Sail
  • Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Module OneExam
Module 02: Independence
 
  • Introduction to Independence
  • Impact of Colonization
  • French and Indian War
  • Colonial Unity
  • Colonial Unity Advanced
  • The Great Awakening
  • Give Me Liberty
  • Revolutionary Celebrities
  • Supporters of the War
  • War
  • Set Sail
  • Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Module Two Exam
 
Module 03: Nationalism
 
  • Introduction to Nationalism
  • Interpreting History
  • Recipe for America
  • State Constitutions
  • Who has the Power?
  • We Can Make a Difference!
  • We Can Make a Difference! Advanced
  • For the Common Good
  • Balancing Our Rights
  • Know Your Rights!
  • Set Sail
  • Discussion-Based  Assessment
  • Module ThreeExam
 
Module 04: Growth
 
  • Introduction to Growth
  • Making a President
  • Making a Presiden tAdvanced
  • A Worthy Successor
  • American Voices
  • Jefferson Brings Change!
  • Heroes of the Wild
  • We Will Not Fall!
  • Set Sail
  • Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Segment One Exam Part One
  • Segment One Exam Part Two
  • Advanced Segment One Exam Par tOne
  • Advanced Segment One Exam Part Two
 
Segment II

Module 05: Movement
 
  • Introduction to Movement
  • It's Manifest Destiny!
  • It's Manifest Destiny! Advanced
  • Treaties with the Native Population
  • A Native Dilemma
  • Keep the Peace
  • New Land!
  • Pioneer Women
  • Train's Leavin'!
  • Great Rivers
  • Friend or Foe,Mexico?
  • Set Sail
  • Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Module Five Exam
 
Module 06: Advances
 
  • Introduction to Advances
  • Innovations
  • Innovations Advanced
  • Factory Workers
  • Growing Cities!
  • Development and Business Expansion
  •  A SouthernView
  •  Populism
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • War on the Bank!
  • Set Sail
  • Discussion-BasedAssessment
  • Module Six Exam
 
Module 07: Ideas
 
  • Introduction to Ideas
  • Are You Awake?
  • Inside Slavery
  • Join the Resistance!
  • Her Rights
  • The MightyPen
  • The Mighty Pen Advanced
  • Important Political Authors
  • Bring on the Reform!
  • Education Reform
  • Set Sail
  • Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Module Seven Exam
 
Module 08: Conflict
 
  • Introduction to Conflict
  • A Nation Divided
  • Conflicting Authority
  • Taking Sides
  • Shots Fired!
  • Shots Fired! Advanced
  • The Cost of Conflict
  • Emancipation?
  • Reconstruction
  • Practice and Review Exam
  • Set Sail
  • Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Segment Two Exam Part One
  • Segment Two Exam Part Two
  • Advanced Segment Two Exam Part One
  • Advanced Segment Two Exam Part Two
    

Grading Policy

To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions.

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