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Below is a sample breakdown of the Contemporary America (1992-2013) chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||President Bill Clinton||The 1992 presidential election between three candidates, Clinton's push for major domestic policy changes, healthcare reform, corporate regulations, changes to the military, and modifications to welfare|
|Tuesday||Foreign policy during the Clinton administration||American involvement in the Middle East during the 1990s, U.S. relationships with Haiti, America's role with African governments, and U.S. involvement with Northern Ireland|
|Wednesday||Changes in government: Republicans take power||Impeachment trial of President Clinton, Contract with America, Republican-controlled legislature|
|Thursday||President George W. Bush||Bush's domestic policy on tax reform and changes to education, 9/11, the war on terror, Bush's changes to foreign policy, Medicare drug program, and Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina victims|
|Friday||President Barack Obama||Economic recession of 2008, changes to foreign policy in the military, healthcare reform, modifications to domestic policy, economic reform, and major political controversies|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. What Is the American Dream? - Definition & Examples
This lesson will explore the concept of the American Dream. We'll explore the ideological content of this idea and the criticisms of it which have been articulated throughout the course of American history.
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