United States History: Exploration to the Present Day - Schoolhouse Teachers

United States History: Exploration to the Present Day

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Length: 1-year or 2-year option
Includes: Printable lessons with assignments
Age/Grade: 9th – 12th grades

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How to Use This Course

United States History: Exploration to the Present Day is not about memorizing dates and facts; it is about understanding history and our place in it. Students develop critical thinking skills along with writing and research skills as they dive deeply into history with reading assignments (including numerous selections drawn from primary sources), note taking, research papers, and activities. Both one-year and two-year options are available. Both options cover the same material. The two-year option covers the topics much more deeply and also includes reading several novels that can help students better understand the time periods and events being studied.

Course Introduction

I hope you’ll enjoy this study of United States history. Whether you’re reading about history, doing an activity, researching on your own, or reading one of the fun historical fiction books along the way, remember that God had a plan for the United States—and He still has a plan for our future. That plan included people—some famous and some you’ve never heard of. That plan includes you and me as well. Learn from these people of the past. Find their strengths and weaknesses. See where they relied on the Lord and where they relied on themselves instead. Learn from their failures as well as their successes.

As we travel through this course, I will ask you to write some papers, take notes, and answer questions. Keep a binder with some paper in it to take notes from things you read and write answers to questions.

If you take the two-year option for this course, I will also ask you to read some books. Several have been chosen for their literary significance as well as the history they can teach you. Others are chosen for light reading to help you understand and get to know how people lived during that time period. If you can’t find one of these books at your local library, you can choose another historical fiction book from that time period. These will enhance your understanding and knowledge about history, so feel free to read! I will also ask you to read some more textbook-style selections as well as a short story or poem here or there. Enjoy them!

One-Year Option

  • Unit One (Days 1-10): Beginning through the French and Indian War
  • Unit Two (Days 11-38): Revolutionary War
  • Unit Three (Days 39-56): Constitutional Convention through the War of 1812
  • Unit Four (Days 57-75): Monroe Era to pre-Civil War
  • Unit Five (Days 76-95): Civil War through Reconstruction
  • Unit Six (Days 96-115): Industrial Age through World War I
  • Unit Seven (Days 116-137): 1920s through pre-World War II
  • Unit Eight (Days 138-152): World War II
  • Unit Nine (Days 153-167): Cold War, Korean War, and Civil Rights
  • Unit Ten (Days 168-180): 1970s through Present Day

Two-Year Option

US History I: Beginning through Reconstruction

  • Unit One (Days 1-16): Beginning through the French and Indian War
  • Unit Two (Days 17-60): Revolutionary War
  • Unit Three (Days 61-100): Constitutional Convention through the War of 1812
  • Unit Four (Days 101-140): Monroe Era to pre-Civil War
  • Unit Five (Days 141-180) Civil War through Reconstruction

US History II: Industrial Age through Present Day

  • Unit Six (Days 1-40): Industrial Age through World War I
  • Unit Seven (Days 41-80): 1920s through pre-World War II
  • Unit Eight (Days 81-100): World War II
  • Unit Nine (Days 101-140): Cold War, Korean War, and Civil Rights
  • Unit Ten (Days 141-180): 1970s-Present Day

Reading List for Two-Year Option (books will be needed by the day indicated)

US History I: Beginning through Reconstruction

  • Day 6: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Day 37: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Day 76: Streams to the River by Scott O’Dell
  • Day 121: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Day 141: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Day 161: Either Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane or Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt (both may be read if desired, but only one is required)

US History II: Industrial Age through Present Day

  • Day 3 (optional): Any of the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Day 63: Readings of the student’s choice about the Great Depression
  • Day 91: Code Talker: a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac or a similar book if this is not available to you

This course counts as a social studies credit. Students who complete the 180-day one-year option, including all reading and writing assignments, and spend approximately 180 hours completing the course, may earn 1.0 academic credit. Students who complete the 360-day two-year option, including all reading and writing assignments, and spend approximately 360 hours completing the course, may earn 2.0 academic credits.

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