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Course SummaryThis History Curriculum Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize lessons and teach U.S. history. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.
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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 very early cultures and European settlers to the Cold War and the War on Terror. 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 parts of the U.S. Constitution or Westward expansion. 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 Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressives includes key terms like Square Deal, the Department of Commerce and Labor, the Hepburn Act, the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act.
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 the Trail of Tears 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 signing of the Declaration of Independence and life in the south after the Civil War.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from the abolitionist movement to student protests of the 1960s, 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 early settlements by Sweden, the Netherlands and France or the Yalta Conference? 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 George H.W. Bush's foreign policies, 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 Reconstruction, you can point your students to the transcripts on Abraham Lincoln's plans, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, African-Americans in Reconstruction, the Indian Wars and the end of Reconstruction.
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 attack on Pearl Harbor to key facts, like problems that arose with the Louisiana Purchase.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on the Cold War? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What characteristics prompted some in the 1980s to call Gen X Americans the 'me generation'?
Below is a sketch of the U.S. history curriculum 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)||Early peoples, Mesoamerican civilizations, North American native peoples, the impact of European colonization|
|Week 2||Settling North America (1497-1732)||Early colonies, including Jamestown and Plymouth, life in Colonial America, the slave trade, the economy of the 13 colonies|
|Week 3||The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)||Enlightenment ideas, religious movements, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts|
|Week 4||The American Revolution (1775-1783)||Early battles, loyalists and American patriots, naval battles, the surrender at Yorktown, the impact of the Revolution|
|Week 5||The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800)||The Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, the U.S. Constitution, George Washington and the new U.S. government|
|Week 6||The Virginia Dynasty (1801--1825)||The Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, the Supreme Court, public schools in America|
|Week 7||Jacksonian Democracy (1825 -- 1850)||Andrew Jackson and the rise of executive power, the Panic of 1837, the Indian Removal Act of 1830|
|Week 8||Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)||American culture, literature and art, urbanization, slavery, the abolitionist movement|
|Week 9||Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)||The Oregon Trail, the Mexican-American War, the California gold rush, the Compromise of 1850|
|Week 10||Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)||Conflict over slavery, the Dred Scott decision, John Brown's raid, the start of the Civil War|
|Week 11||American Civil War (1861-1865)||Comparison of northern and southern advantages, important battles, the Emancipation Proclamation, the murder of Abraham Lincoln|
|Week 12||Reconstruction (1865-1877)||Lincoln's plans to restore the union, Andrew Johnson's impeachment, amendments to the Constitution, life in the south, conflicts with Native Americans|
|Week 13||Industrialization (1870-1900)||Development of industry, the robber barons, political machines, the rise of the middle class in cities|
|Week 14||The Progressive Era (1900-1917)||Theodore Roosevelt and his goals, trust busting, the women's suffrage movement, African-American issues|
|Week 15||American Imperialism (1890-1919)||The Spanish-American War, American imperialism in various areas, including Latin America and Hawaii, the U.S. in World War I|
|Week 16||The Roaring 20s (1920-1929)||The economy of this decade, prohibition, the Red Scare, the Scopes trial|
|Week 17||The Great Depression (1929-1940)||Causes of the depression, unemployment, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal|
|Week 18||World War II in America (1941-1945)||The war's beginning, fighting in Europe, the Holocaust, the war in the Pacific, the atomic bombs|
|Week 19||Post-War World (1946-1959)||Rebuilding after the war in Asia and Europe, post-war life in America|
|Week 20||The Cold War (1950-1973)||Definition of the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War|
|Week 21||Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)||The civil rights movement, the hippie counterculture, the student movement, feminism|
|Week 22||The 1970s (1969-1979)||Vietnamization, the oil crisis, the Watergate scandal|
|Week 23||Political Conservatism (1980-1992)||The economic policies of Ronald Reagan, Reagan's foreign policy, the policies of George H.W. Bush|
|Week 24||Contemporary America (1992-2013)||The election of 1992, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the economic crash, Barack Obama's election|
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