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SS5200: U.S. History

Course Description

How did America become a world power? Why is America involved in other countries' business? The course covers from 1890 to the present. Students will consider multiple accounts of events and issues in order to understand events in American history. Students will use historical thinking skills to dig deep into the international relations- economic depression- the world wars and current issues. Students will apply the Common Core reading and writing standards as well as the disciplinary tools of civics- geography- economics and history. Furthermore- students will be able to clearly define and apply their understanding of culture- geography and globalization.

Essential Standards

  • Individually and with others, students evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences. (D2.Civ.13.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students critique relationships among governments, civil societies, and economic markets. (D2.Civ.6.9-12)
    Individually and with others, students Describd the possible consequences, both intended and unintended, of government policies to improve market outcomes. (D2.Eco.8.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students analyze complex and interacting factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras. (D2.His.4.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students analyze how historical contexts shaped and continue to shape people's perspectives. (D2.His.5.9-12)
  • Individually and with others, students explain how in-group and out-group membership influences the life chances of individuals and shapes societal norms and values. (D2.Soc.14.9-12)
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole. (RH.11-12.1)
  • Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas. (RH.11-12.2)
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).  (RH.11-12.4)
  • Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole. (RH.11-12.5)
  • Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence. (RH.11-12.6)
  • Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem. (RH.11-12.7)
  • Evaluate an author's premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information. (RH.11-12.8)
  • Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources. (RH.11-12.9)
  • Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. (WHST.11-12.1)
  • Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes. (WHST.11-12.2)