2020-21 Social Studies
US History Units
Introduction Unit: Five Themes of Geography/Map Skills
Create a better understanding of historical events by using key geographic terminology and map skills. Also, build knowledge in modern geography to gain 21st century life skills.
Unit 1: Roots of American History
1a. Before the Global Age (Beginnings to 1620)
Indigenous societies in the Western Hemisphere migrated and changed in response to the physical environment and due to their interactions with Europeans. European exploration expanded global economic and cultural exchange into the Western Hemisphere.
1b. Colonization and Settlement (1585 to 1763)
North American Colonial societies adapted European governmental, economic, and cultural institutions and ideologies to meet their needs in the New World.
Unit 2: Revolutions and a New Nation (1754-1820's)
The war for independence was the result of growing ideological, political, geographic, economic, and religious tensions resulting from Britain’s centralization policies and practices.
2b. A New Nation
The United States Constitution and Bill of Rights were designed to provide a framework for the American system of government, while also protecting individual rights. Debates about individual rights, states’ rights, and federal power shaped the development of the political institutions and practices of the new Republic.
Unit 3: The Age of Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
Multiple political, social, and economic factors caused American territorial expansion. The rapid expansion and transformation of the American economy contributed to regional tensions, social reform, political compromises, and an expansion of democratic practices.
Unit 4: Division and Reunion (1850-1871)
4a. The Civil War
The Civil War was caused by ideological, economic, and political differences about the future course of the nation.
Efforts to reunite the country through Reconstruction were contested, resisted, and had long-term consequences.