United States History II Course Requirements
Prerequisite: United States History I Credit Value: 5 Length of Course: Academic Year Course
Students in United States History II collaborate to investigate the geographic, social, political, economic, cultural, and technological factors that shaped the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries. The study of significant events is organized thematically and chronologically to enable students to track trends and themes that link the past and current global affairs. Emphasis on the examination of authentic documents provides students with opportunities to develop critical-thinking skills. Project-based learning is a tool employed in the curriculum to encourage active citizenship as students identify issues of concern and work together to advance solutions. Benchmark assessments are employed to track individual student progress.
This course will consist of the following units of study:
The Great Depression
The New Deal
World War II
Cold War: 1940s – 1950s
Civil Rights: 1950s – 1960s
Crisis in Confidence: 1970s
Return to Conservatism: 1980s – 1990s
Contemporary Life in America
Course Objectives The student will demonstrate the ability to answer in detail the following essential questions:
How have the expectations of government been shaped by the events of the Great Depression?
In what ways can a political ideology influence the economy?
What impact did competing political philosophies have during the interwar years?
How did technology change warfare?
In what ways was American culture impacted by World War II?
How did the struggle for equality affect life in the United States?
What contributed to citizens’ loss of trust in the United States government?
How did social and economic issues shape the post-Communist world?
In what ways has life in the United States changed in the 21st century?
What must all citizens do to protect their rights and fulfill their responsibilities?
What are the post-graduation and/or career options that apply to the course content?
Evaluation Process A final average of 65% or better is required to be awarded course credit.
Assignments will be weighted as follows:
Tests 60% of the marking period grade.
Quizzes 30% of the marking period grade.
Homework 10% of the marking period grade.