United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict (2734) CA

In United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict, students will explore the history of the United States up to theearly 20th century. Students will be introduced to various study methods, including primary and secondary sources. They will then study geography and early history of the United States. Students will examine the development of America’s independence and the struggle with a nation divided during the Civil War. Students will discover the impact of industrialization and explore contemporary social issues.Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:  

  • Identify important explorers and describe the process of colonizing the United States.
  • Explain how conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain led to American independence.
  • Understand political, economic, and social changes that occurred in the United States during the 19th century, including the impact of industrialization.
  • Describe the causes and effects of the Civil War and its aftermath.
  • Understand some of the key challenges Americans faced in the late 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Students will be asked conduct research and analyze information as well as write essays on an array of topics related to American History.

Additional Resources

United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict includes alternate lessons, projects, essays, and tests for use in developing instruction or addressing individual needs.

Some assignments in this course require the use of resources that must be supplied by the user. A list of these outside resources is available below:  

  • Internet, encyclopedia, or other research material
  • Paper, pencils, or other writing materials
  • Printer
  • World and state maps may be helpful to have for this course

State: California
Grade Level: 8
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year