U.S. History and Government

This yearlong course discusses the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the course of modern American history. Throughout the course, students will learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • Colonization in America

  • The American Revolution

  • The foundations of the American form of government

  • National expansion in the United States

  • The emergence of sectionalism

  • The emergence of slavery

  • Different regional lifestyles in the United States

  • Industrialization and economic expansion in the United States

  • The Civil War, World War I, World War II, and various regional military conflicts

  • The Great Depression and the New Deal

  • Major cultural and social movements in the United States

  • Important events in contemporary America

After completing the course, students should be able to answer a variety of questions relating to American History and demonstrate social studies skills.

Student objectives include:

  • Understand American colonization and its lasting impact on the developing nation.

  • Identify fundamental thoughts and ideas found in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

  • Describe American national expansion.

  • Explain the cause and effects of a variety military conflicts beginning with the American Revolution and ending with the conflict in Iraq.

  • Identify the characteristics of the Industrial Revolution in the United States.

  • Describe isolationism, nationalism, and imperialism.

  • Compare and contrast major cultural and social changes throughout American history.

  • Understand the major events of the Cold War.

  • Describe the major issues affecting nations today, including globalization, population growth, and immigration.

  • Demonstrate scholarly writing, critical thinking, and reasoning skills.

  • Understand the difference between primary and secondary sources.

State: New York
Grade Level: 11
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year