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Ch 38: America from 1992 to the Present: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Use these lessons to review facts about American life and politics from 1992 to the present time as you prepare for these types of questions on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam. This study guide includes engaging video lessons, short quizzes and other useful tools to help you get ready for the test.

America from 1992 to the Present: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Exam - Chapter Summary

Let us help you refresh your knowledge of the events in America from 1992 until current times, along with an examination of their impact on American life. Our lessons offer information to help you answer ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam questions on topics including:

  • The 1992 presidential election
  • Domestic and foreign policy in Bill Clinton's presidency
  • Congress of the late 1990s
  • The 2000 election of George W. Bush
  • The 9/11 terrorist attack
  • The economic collapse of 2008
  • The election and accomplishments of Barack Obama

Our instructors understand what you should know to succeed on the ORELA exam and have crafted lessons that will both inform and entertain you. If you have questions, you can ask the instructors through our message board. Quizzes after each lesson let you evaluate your learning, and our clickable Timeline makes it quick work to jump back to review key parts of the lesson that require extra study.

America from 1992 to the Present: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Exam - Chapter Objectives

In Oregon, passing the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam is one of the requirements for certification to teach the subject at this level. The exam consists entirely of multiple-choice questions, like the lesson quizzes and chapter exam in our study guide. Completing our tests will give you good experience answering questions in this format and also provide a way to assess your learning prior to the test.

Questions on this exam are divided into four content domains, including History, which is where questions on the material in this chapter are found. This section of the test accounts for 50% of the total questions.

9 Lessons in Chapter 38: America from 1992 to the Present: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot & George H.W. Bush

1. The Presidential Election of 1992: Bill Clinton, Ross Perot & George H.W. Bush

Learn about the three-way presidential race of 1992, which pitted Republican incumbent George H.W. Bush against Democrat Bill Clinton and independent Ross Perot. The campaign focused heavily on the economy.

Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: the Economy, Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policies

2. Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: the Economy, Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policies

During the 1990s, President Bill Clinton met many of his domestic policy goals, including stimulating the economy, reforming welfare, and advocating for social change. He did not successfully achieve a national healthcare system.

Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland

3. Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland

During his two terms as president, Bill Clinton intended to focus on domestic policy over foreign policy. But between 1992 and 2000, the U.S. was involved in several international conflicts and diplomatic interventions, which will be covered in this lesson.

Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America & Clinton's Impeachment

4. Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America & Clinton's Impeachment

In 1994, Republicans took control of both houses of Congress, elected on the promises made in the Contract with America. President Clinton endorsed several of these measures, but conflict was inevitable, culminating in his impeachment in 1998.

George W. Bush: 2000 Election & Domestic Agenda

5. George W. Bush: 2000 Election & Domestic Agenda

President George W. Bush overcame numerous obstacles before and after entering office. Learn about the Republican Primary Election, the presidential election of 2000 and Bush's domestic goals.

George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

6. George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States forced President George W. Bush to reappraise his foreign policy. Learn about the tragic day, the Bush Doctrine and the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Major Events of George W. Bush's Second Term

7. Major Events of George W. Bush's Second Term

President George W. Bush's second term domestic agenda focused on widespread reform, yet many of his initiatives fell flat. Learn more about Bush's domestic policy, as well as several issues that impacted his legacy, in this lesson.

The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

8. The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

The rise of sub-prime mortgage loans and heightened real estate speculation led to the collapse of the housing market, which ushered in the Great Recession in 2007. Learn more about this economic downturn and its effects in this lesson.

President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

9. President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States in 2009. Learn about his first term including his domestic and foreign initiatives, and his successes and failures.

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