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Course SummaryPlan your class syllabus with help from our flexible high school US history lesson plan course. Adapt our video and text lessons into engaging class resources or rework the chapter tests and lesson quizzes into your own syllabus to help your students get the most out of your classes.
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You can use this U.S. history course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of U.S. History, from the colonization of North America to Southern Reconstruction and 21st century foreign policy concerns. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific U.S. history course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the battle at Lexington and Concord or the Cold War. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on The Making of a New Nation includes key terms like the Alien and Sedition Acts, Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights and Whiskey Rebellion.
As you work on your U.S. history plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like the Virginia Dynasty if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like everyday life in Antebellum America from 1807-1861 or the human implications of Manifest Destiny.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the Sectional Crisis of 1850-1861 to the American Civil War can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on Westward expansion, industrialization and urbanization or the Progressive Era? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about American imperialism, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on the Roaring 20s, you can point your students to the transcripts on the Teapot Dome Scandal, prohibition and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from understanding the causes of the Great Depression to key facts, like Hitler's unprovoked invasion of Poland.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on the post-war world? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What were the causes of the Cold War?
Below is a sketch of the U.S. History syllabus modeled on a 24-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE)||Incan, Mesoamerican and Pre-Columbian civilizations; the Columbian Exchange and the impact of European colonization activities|
|Week 2||Settling North America (1497-1732)||The founding of Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, the 13 colonies and international slave trade|
|Week 3||The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)||The intellectual and social aspects of the American Enlightenment, First Great Awakening, Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party|
|Week 4||The American Revolution (1775-1783)||The Battle of Lexington and Concord, Declaration of Independence, Battle of Yorktown and Treaty of Paris|
|Week 5||The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)||The Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Bill of Rights and Whiskey Rebellion|
|Week 6||The Virginia Dynasty (1801-1825)||The presidencies of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe|
|Week 7||Jacksonian Democracy (1825-1850)||The presidencies of John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren; debate over state's rights and Trail of Tears|
|Week 8||Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)||Abolitionist and reform movements, the American Renaissance and southern life|
|Week 9||Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)||The presidencies of James Polk, Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce; the Mexican-American War and westward expansion|
|Week 10||Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)||The causes of Bloody Kansas, impact of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Lincoln-Douglas debates, start of the Civil War at Fort Sumter|
|Week 11||American Civil War (1861-1865)||Major Civil War battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, the assassination of President Lincoln and General Lee's surrender at Appomattox|
|Week 12||Reconstruction (1865-1877)||Objectives, successes and failures of Reconstruction; post-Civil War life in the South, the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, westward expansion, conflicts with Native Americans, and the Transcontinental Railroad|
|Week 13||Industrialization (1870-1900)||Industrial and monetary policies of the Gilded Age, urbanization, late 19th century city life and social reforms|
|Week 14||The Progressive Era (1900-1917)||The presidency of Theodore Roosevelt and the Square Deal, African American leadership, trust busting and women's suffrage|
|Week 15||American Imperialism (1890-1919)||American imperialism in the Asia, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Latin America; the Spanish-American War and World War I|
|Week 16||The Roaring 20's (1920-1929)||Crime, culture and politics during the 1920s; the Scopes and Scottsboro trials, origins of the Ku Klux Klan and the Red Scare|
|Week 17||The Great Depression (1929-1940)||The presidencies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt, collapse of the stock market in 1929, Dust Bowl and New Deal|
|Week 18||World War II (1941-1945)||The causes and battle fronts of World War II, attack on Pearl Harbor, Holocaust, D-Day invasion and use of the atomic bomb|
|Week 19||Post-War World (1946-1959)||The Berlin Airlift, Iron Curtain countries, Marshall Plan and partitioning of Korea|
|Week 20||The Cold War (1950-1973)||Cold War events during the presidencies of Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy, McCarthyism, the Korean War and the Vietnam War|
|Week 21||Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)||The civil rights, counterculture, student and women's movements of the 1950s-1970s; President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society legislation and the dramatic historical events of 1968|
|Week 22||The 1970's (1969-1979)||The presidencies of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter; consequences and legacy of the Watergate Scandal, Middle East conflicts and Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision|
|Week 23||Political Conservatism (1980-1992)||Foreign policy under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Ronald Regan, Bush's domestic policies and Reagonomics|
|Week 24||Contemporary America (1992-2013)||Domestic and foreign policy under Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama; Clinton's impeachment trial, Contract with America legislation and the events of September 11, 2001.|
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