U.S. History: Foundations to Present

U.S. History Foundations to Present covers early American exploration to the present day, placing special emphasis on the politics of the 18th and early 19th centuries and the Civil War. These areas of focus target three major content strands: History, Geography, and Government and Citizenship. Additionally, students will gain practice in writing essays and reports, covering topics like the Monroe Doctrine, the states’ rights debate, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, isolationism, the New Deal, and the Korean conflict. In addition to the default course program, U.S. History Foundations to Present includes alternate lessons, projects, and tests for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

  • Unit 1: Students will examine how events of the Middle Ages and Crusades led to exploration, and early attempts at colonization in America. They will identify the Puritans, Pilgrims, and the growth of colonies in America.
  • Unit 2: Students will understand how conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain led to American independence. They will also examine the development of constitutional government in the U.S. after the war. 
  • Unit 3: Students will evaluate the early years of federal government, the War of 1812, and the administration of President Monroe and President Jackson. 
  • Unit 4: Students will identify the causes, effects, and characteristics of sectionalism in the U.S.
  • Unit 5: Students will examine the differences in regions of America.
  • Unit 6: Students will explain how political, economic, and social changes in the U.S. led to the Civil War and evaluate Reconstruction.
  • Unit 7: Students will study events of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries including the Industrial Age and its effects in the U.S., the Progressive Era, isolationism, the Spanish-American War, and the causes of World War I. 
  • Unit 8: Students will examine the First World War, the search for peace, the roaring twenties, the Great Depression, and the New Deal. 
  • Unit 9: Students will identify the causes and effects of World War II and the U.S. involvement in the Cold War. 
  • Unit 10: Students will understand key people and events of contemporary America from the 1960s to 2000s.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year