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Course SummaryIf you have students struggling in your middle school U.S. history classes, try using some of the tools available in this curriculum resource course. Our video lessons can be incorporated into your syllabus to help students who need additional ways to learn master these topics and do better in class.
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How It Works
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 earliest days of human settlement to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the election of Barack Obama as president. 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 Ronald Reagan's economic policies or Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. 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 Thomas Jefferson's presidency includes key terms and names like Napoleon Bonaparte, Louisiana Purchase, Essex Junto, Burr Conspiracy and Corps of Discovery.
As you work on your U.S. history lesson 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 American imperialism in Hawaii, China and the Philippines 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 the Progressives and Theodore Roosevelt and the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the robber barons of the Gilded Age to events of George W. Bush's second term as president, 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 the turning points of the Civil War or George Washington's leadership during the American Revolution? 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 the Second Great Awakening, 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 reconstruction period after the Civil War, you can point your students to the transcripts on how Abraham Lincoln had planned to restore the nation, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, the transcontinental railroad, the Indian Wars, the election of 1876 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 the building of the Hoover Dam to key facts, like the purpose of the Granger Laws.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on the Declaration of Independence? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What was the key idea behind the nativism movement?
Below is a sketch of the U.S. history curriculum modeled on a 22-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 in the Americas||The first people in the Americas, early Native American civilizations, the impact of European settlement|
|Week 2||Settling North America and the Colonies||Exploration of North America, early settlements, including Jamestown and Plymouth, slavery in Colonial America, the 13 Colonies|
|Week 3||The Revolutionary War||Cultural and political events leading to war, important battles, the impact of the Revolution on society and the economy|
|Week 4||The Making of a Nation||State constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, the country's early days|
|Week 5||The Virginia Dynasty||The Louisiana Purchase, industrialization, education, the Missouri Compromise|
|Week 6||Jacksonian Democracy||Increase in presidential power, the Indian Removal Act of 1830, financial concerns|
|Week 7||Everyday Life in Antebellum America||Breakthroughs in transportation, urbanization, slavery, the southern economy, the abolitionists|
|Week 8||Manifest Destiny and American Expansion||Westward migration, the Mexican-American War, the California Gold Rush|
|Week 9||Buildup to the American Civil War||Factors leading up to the war, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the start of the war|
|Week 10||The American Civil War||Major battles, Sherman's March to the Sea, Lincoln's assassination, Lee's surrender|
|Week 11||After the Civil War: Reconstruction||Lincoln's plans for restoring the union, Andrew Johnson's impeachment, African-Americans after the war, the Indian Wars|
|Week 12||American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century||Industrial growth in the Gilded Age, labor unions, immigration|
|Week 13||The Progressive Era of the Early 20th Century||The programs of Theodore Roosevelt, trust busting, muckraking, the women's suffrage movement|
|Week 14||American Imperialism and World War I||The Spanish-American War, imperialism in China, Hawaii and the Philippines, the U.S. role in World War I|
|Week 15||1920s America||Economy of the 1920s, prohibition, popular culture, art and literature, the Scopes trial|
|Week 16||America and the Great Depression||The Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Dust Bowl, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal|
|Week 17||America and the Second World War||Pearl Harbor, the European Theater, fighting in the Pacific, life at home during the war|
|Week 18||Post-War and the Cold War||Foreign policy after the war, the Korean War, the impact of the Cold War on average Americans, the Vietnam War|
|Week 19||Civil Rights Movements in America||The Great Society, the 24th Amendment, the student movement of the 1960s, the women's movement|
|Week 20||America in the 1970s||The end of the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, Roe v. Wade|
|Week 21||America in the 1980s||The rise of the conservative movement, Reaganomics, the foreign and domestic policies of George H.W. Bush|
|Week 22||America from 1992 to the Present||The 1992 presidential election, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, policies that led to the economic crash of 2008, Barack Obama's election|
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