U.S. History 11R

This course examines the major turning points in United States history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our constitution, nation building, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. The course extends to the modern day. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation through in-depth study of current events. The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand their connection to the development of American culture, political development and society by examining the past to prepare for their future as participating members of a global community. Students will use knowledge pertaining to history, geography, economics, political processes, religion, ethics, diverse cultures, and humanities to understand the chronological development of the American people that has shaped the American nation. The year will culminate with the U.S. History Regents exam.

Course Methodology:

  • In order to be competitive in the 21st century this class will model and require 21st values and skills which include: Research Skills and primary and secondary source analysis and interpretation
  • Group Work, Technological applications, and the Google Classroom
  • Individual Initiative
  • Oral Presentations
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Clearly communicate ideas and information in a variety of methods (i.e. written, oral, visual)
  • Discussion and debating
  • Art or graphic Projects
  • The development and refinement of study skills
  • Mediocrity is not an option
  • Reading of the textbook and other material is typically done at home and is expected to be completed and processed on a timely basis