US History 2013-2014

Last updated on May 31, 2013

Month

Standards

Indicators

Assessment

August-September

 

 

 

  • Disclosure
  • Review of 8th Grade curriculum- American colonial experience and the development of the U.S. government, its institutions, and its politics; analysis of the growth and eventual division of the U.S. during the Civil War.
  • Core 6250-0101, 0102, 0103

 

  • Identify reasons why the English established colonies in America
  • Examine the differences between the three colonial regions (New England, Middle, and Southern)
  • Identify the philosophies that influenced the Founding Fathers, especially John Locke
  • Analyze the Constitution’s creation with a focus on the compromises made
  • Trace the arguments of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists
  • Evaluate Jacksonian democracy versus Federalist policy
  • Trace the U.S.’s expansion and growth (Manifest Destiny)
  • Review U.S. policies toward American Indians during Westward Expansion

 

  • Map Quiz- 13 Colonies
  • Mini-essay- Regional differences in the colonies.
  • Political Pamphlet- “Out With the King”
  • Readings- Locke and others
  • Simulation- The Constitutional Convention of 1787
  • Visual chart comparing Jacksonian democracy with the Federalists’ version
  • Antebellum/Civil War Eras board game

 

October

 

 

 

  • Review of 8th Grade curriculum (cont)- American colonial experience and the development of the U.S. government, its institutions, and its politics; analysis of the growth and eventual division of the U.S. during the Civil War.
  • Core 6250-0101, 0102, 0103

 

·         The Industrial Revolution- we will assess how transportation, communication, and marketing improvements transformed our economy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • The Gilded Age- Captains of Industry and their businesses will be examined to see how they influenced economic growth in the U.S.
  • Core 6250-0201, 0202

 

  • Recognize the sectional differences during the Antebellum Period
  • Evaluate the causes and the consequences of the Civil War

 

 

 

 

 

·         Examine major U.S. inventions and their impact on the country (telephone, car, motion pictures…)

  • Study the expansion of the railroad and its impact on transportation and communication
  • Determine how much industrialization impacted society and how the market revolution affected retail distribution of good in cities and in rural areas. 
  • Rockefeller, Morgan, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Ford, etc. are examined.
  • Determine the impact of monopolies and trusts on a capitalist system.

 

  • Antebellum/Civil War Eras board game

 

·         Comparison of differing approaches to reconstruction

 

·         Cause and effect analysis of migration (Civil War/reconstruction, industrialization, railroads, etc.)

·         Learning Centers- an American Invention/Inventor

  • Captain of Industry or Robber Baron- You Decide Compare & Contrast Framework

 

November

 

 

 

  • The Gilded Age, cont…- we look at immigration and how it impacted the U.S. during the Gilded Age.  A study of the urbanization of America will also be undertaken. 
  • Core 6250-0203, 0204

 

  • Map demographic changes in U.S. population from the 1890s to the present
  • Investigate the various reasons specific immigrant groups migrated to the U.S.
  • Examine the working conditions of immigrant workers in factories, mines, agriculture, and transportation.
  • Identify how American cities influenced American architecture.
  • Examine the living conditions of immigrants and urban dwellers (i.e. tenements)
  • Compare the attitudes of Social Darwinism with those of the Social Gospel believers.
  • Examine how problems faced by U.S. farmers created a new market economy and the rise of the Populist Party.
  • Analyze the rise and influence of political machines (muckrakers, Progressives…)
  • Investigate the emerging civil rights movements of women and African-Americans

 

 

·         Trace the development of national labor unions and the impact of collective bargaining

  • Analyze the development of socialism in the U.S.

 

  • My Ancestry- A Personal Project
  • Simulation- An Immigrant’s Experience
  • Newspaper Article on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
  • Readings- The Urban Jungle.
  • Create an advertising campaign to sell the Populist Party platform
  • Boss Tweed comic book

 

December

 

 

 

  • Imperialism and The Spanish American War- how did the U.S. become involved in imperialism and a war?
  • Core 6250-0401

 

  • Determine the economic, social, and military effects of U.S. imperialism
  • Examine the course and consequences of the Spanish-American War

 

  • Simulation:  Reluctant Colossus- America Enters the Age of Imperialism

 

 

January

 

 

 

 

·         The Roaring 20s and the U.S. copes with rapid economic and social change

  • Early Women’s Rights movement
  • The Great Depression ends the Roaring 20s
  • Core 6250-0402, 0501 0502, 0601

 

·         Investigate how mass media affected society

  • Assess how new inventions and consumerism influenced daily life
  • Explain how the car changed America
  • The 19th Amendment
  • Analyze the major causes of the Great Depression

 

·         Reading- The Great Gatsby

  • Trace the history of the Woman’s Rights Movement (timeline)
  • Visual Project- Chart the Reasons for the Great Depression

 

February

 

 

 

 World War II brings the U.S. out of isolationism

  • World War II impacts the home front and changes the rules of war
  • Core 6250-0603, 0701, 0702, 0703

 

 

 Analyze the factors that led to militarism and fascist aggression in the world

  • Determine how the attack on Pearl Harbor forced the U.S. out of isolationism
  • Investigate the major campaigns in the European and Pacific theaters and the atomic bombing of Japan
  • Identify the impact of WWII on minority groups
  • Rosie and Riveter changes the American workforce

 

  • Radio Play- The Attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Mapping the Alliance System
  • Map- the Theaters of WWII

 

 

March

 

 

 

  • World War II impacts the home front and changes the rules of war (cont…)
  • Core 6250-0603, 0701, 0702, 0703

·         Truman through Kennedy

Beginning of the Coldwar

  • The Culture of the Postwar Years
  • Korea
  • Core 6250-0801, 0802, 0803
  • Civil Rights Movement begins
  • New Frontier
  • Kennedy’s assassination and Warren Court

 

  • Evaluate the technology that lead to the atomic bomb

·         Analyze the organization and operation of the U.N.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of American post-war foreign policy in Europe and the U.S.S.R.’s reaction
  • Trace the Space Race
  • Explain the U.S. reaction to the fall of China to communism
  • Trace American and U.N. involvement in the Korean Police Action
  • Examine the various factors that drew the U.S. into conflict with North Vietnam
  • Explore the ramifications of the U.S. pull-out of Vietnam

 

  • Simulation- Judgment/Truman on Trial

·         Compare/Contrast- Capitalism vs. Communism

  • Compare/Contrast space race- USSR versus U.S.
  • Class Newspaper- Korea:  The Forgotten War
  • Bay of Pigs Simulation

April

 

 

 

  • Johnson through Carter
  • Vietnam
  • Core 6250-0801, 0802, 0803
  • Nixon & Watergate
  • Ford & Carter’s Presidencies

·         The Civil Rights Movement & the 1960s Counter Culture

·         Johnson’s Great Society

  • Core 6250-0901, 0902

 

  • Examine the various factors that drew the U.S. into conflict with North Vietnam
  • Explore the ramifications of the U.S. pull-out of Vietnam

·         Analyze Johnson’s Great Society programs aimed at ending poverty

·         Identify causes and consequences of civil rights legislation and court decisions

  • Investigate gains made by minority groups
  • Analyze the 1960s counter-culture stemming from the Anti-Vietnam movement
  • Examine the impact of drugs on the counter-culture
  • Access the mass media as the voice of the counter-culture
  • Examine McCarthyism and Watergate and their impact on citizens’ attitudes toward government

 

  • Simulation-Mission (Vietnam)
  • Why Johnson Couldn’t Run- Vietnam Claims a Political Casualty
  • All The President’s Men analysis

·         Chart- Cause and Consequences of civil rights legislation

  • Simulation:  A Place at the Table
  • Simulation- The 1960s

 

May-June

 

 

 

  • The Reagan Era and the End of the Cold War
  • The Age of Terror- America Responds to International terrorism
  • Core 6250-0801, 1001, 1002

 

·         Examine the successes and failures of various political administrations (Nixon, Ford, Carter, etc…)

  • Investigate the end of the Cold War
  • Examine the superpower status of the U.S. in the world
  • Determine how politics was changed by the end of the Cold War
  • Understand the origins and goals of various terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and Al-Jihad.

 

  • Presidential Timeline

·         Simulation:  America’s Changing Role in the World