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Curriculum Information

  • -US History I Units and topics-

    * US History Honors only

    Texts: AMSCO US History*; Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt US History

    • Unit 1: Pre-Columbian America
      • Bering Strait land bridge
      • Native American culture and tribes
      • Pre-Columbian North American Native Empires*
      • European Contact before Columbus (Vikings, etc)
    • Unit 2: Spanish America
      • Voyages of Christopher Columbus
      • Spanish conquistadors
      • Spanish colonies in the New World
      • Spanish settlement types
      • The Valladoild Debate*
      • The Black Legend*
      • Asiento and Encomienda Systems*
    • Unit 3: French, Dutch, and Swedish America
      • French, Dutch, and Swedish explorers
      • Colonies and reasons for colonization
      • Relations with Native Americans
      • Patterns of settlement*
    • Unit 4: English Settlement
      • Kings and Queens of England (Henry VIII-George III)
      • Development of Christianity/Protestant denominations
      • Exploration and settlement of the 13 colonies
      • Extended background on Jamestown, Plymouh, and New Hampshire
      • Development of slavery in English America
      • Government in the 13 colonies (Charters, Burgesses, Mayflower Compact)
      • Freedom of Religion in MD, PA, and RI
      • Conflict with Native American tribes
    • Unit 5: French and Indian Wars
      • Various colonial wars against the French and native tribes
      • French and Indian War (Seven Years War) 
      • Pontiac's Rebellion
      • Development of colonial identity
    • Unit 6: American Revolution
      • Various Acts and Taxes
      • Boston Massacre, Boycotts, and riots
      • Tea party and Intolerable Acts
      • Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, Seige of Boston
      • Declaration of Independence - what, why, principles and philosophy
      • Battle of Long Island, Trenton, Bennington, Saratoga
      • Alliance with France - pros and cons
      • The War in the South & Yorktown
      • Treaty of Paris
    • Unit 7: Articles of Confederation-Constitution
      • Articles of Confed.: pros and cons
      • Land and Northwestern ordinances
      • Shay's Rebellion
      • Constitutional Convention
        • Virginia vs New Jersey plans, CT Compromise
        • 3/5 Compromise, Treason, Amendment process
      • Ratification process
      • Federalist vs Antifederalists, the Bill of Rights
    • Unit 8: Federalist Era
      • George Washington
        • George Washington's Cabinet
        • Hamilton vs Jefferson, first political parties
        • Hamilton's Debt Plan
        • French Revolution, Neutrality Declaration
        • Cotton gin, Water-powered textile mills
      • John Adams
        • XYZ Affair
        • Quasi-War with France
        • Alien and Sedition Acts
        • Trouble with Jefferson
        • Washington DC
    • Unit 9 - Age of Jefferson 
      • ThomasJefferson
        • Louisiana Purchase & Haitian Revolution
        • Lewis & Clark Expedition
        • Barbary Pirate wars
        • Embargo Act
        • Marbury v. Madison
      • James Madison
        • War of 1812 (Old ironsides, Burning of DC, New Orleans)
        • Marshall Court*
      • James Monroe
        • Era of Good Feelings
        • Missouri Compromise
        • Annexation of Florida
        • Monroe Doctrine
      • John Quincy Adams
        • Erie Canal
        • "Corrupt Bargain"

     

     

    -AP US History Units and topics-

    Text: AMSCO US History; America's History

    • Unit 1: Age of Jackson
      • Presidencies of Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler
      • Bank War
      • Trail of Tears
      • Important Supreme Court cases
      • Westward expansion
      • Nullification Crisis
      • Treaties with British Canada
      • The Whig Party
    • Unit 2: Sectionalism
      • Presidencies of Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan
      • War with Mexico - reasons and motivations
      • Compromise of 1850 & California Gold Rush
      • Abolitionists
      • "Slave Power"
      • Tensions between North and South
      • Migration patterns (Irish, Germans, Mormons, etc)
      • Kansas-Nebraska Act & Bleeding Kansas
      • John Brown
      • Birth of Republican Party
    • Unit 3: The Civil War 
      • Important battles, generals, campaigns, etc
      • Causes of the conflict (States' rights vs slavery vs other)
      • Importance of Abraham Lincoln
      • Emancipation Prcolamation and 13th Amendment
    • Unit 4: Reconstruction/Gilded Age  
      • Presidential vs Congressional Reconstruction
      • "Black Codes" and the Klan
      • Impeachment of Andrew Johnson
      • Scandals and successes of US Grant's Presidency
      • Election of 1876
      • Rise of Industry in the North
      • Vertical and Horizontal Intregration
      • "Robber Barons"
      • The Grange
      • Labor Movements
      • Silver Debate/Gold Standard
      • Populist Movement 
      • Imperialism and the Spanish-American War
      • Debate over Imperialism
    • Unit 5: Progressive Era
      • Progressive Movement
      • Theodore Roosevelt's Presidency
      • "Trust Busting"
      • Roosevelt vs Taft
      • Election of 1912
      • Woodrow Wilson's Reforms
      • World War I: Impact on America
      • Treat of Versailles/League of Nations Debate
      • Women's Suffrage Movement
      • Civil Rights: DuBois vs Washington
    • Unit 6: Roaring Twenties & Great Depression
      • Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover
      • Corruption/Teapot Dome
      • Popular Entertainment, Popular culture
      • Prohibition
      • Stock market Crash - why and how
      • Great Depression and government relief programs
      • Election of 1932/Roosevelt's Relief plans
      • Dust Bowl & Consequences
      • Court packing plan/NRA (National Recovery Act!)
    • Unit 7: World War II
    • Unit 8: Cold War
    • Unit 9: America as a Superpower

    -Western Society Units and Topics-

    Text: Houghton Mifflin harcourt Western History

    • Unit 1: River Valley Civilizations
      • Human Origins
      • Mesopotamia
        • Sumeria, Gilgamesh, Babylon, Hanging Gardens, Code of Hammurabi
      • Egypt
        • Egyptian religious beliefs, pyramids, pharoahs, mummification
      • Hebrews & Phoenicians
        • Judaism, Moses and David, purple dye, Mediterranean colonies
    • Unit 2: Ancient Greece
      • Greek mythology 
      • Minoans and Myceneans, Trojan War
      • Greek culture (Olympics, architecture, philosophy)
      • Development of Athenian democracy
      • War against the Persians
      • Pelopennesian Wars, Athens vs Sparta 
      • Importance of Ancient Greek culture today
      • Famous Greeks
      • Alexander the Great 
    • Unit 3 - Rome
      • Roman Republic
        • Founding of Rome
        • Roman gods/goddesses
        • Punic wars with Carthage
        • First Triumverate
        • Conquest of Gaul
        • Rise and Fall of Julius Caesar
      • Roman Empire
        • Battle fo Actium/Augustus Caesar
        • Good and bad Roman Emperors
        • Bread and Circus
        • Roman buildings
        • Conquest of Britannia
        • Disasters of Rome (Pompeii, Revolts, Fire of Rome)
        • Christianity basics
        • Rise of Christianity in Roman Empire
        • Fall of Roman Empire
        • Byzantine Empire
    • Unit 4: "Dark Ages"
    • Unit 5: Islam and the Crusades
    • Unit 6: Medieval Europe
    • Unit 7: Renaissance

    -Civics Units and Topics-

    Text: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Civics, US Constitution, NY Times Upfront magazine

    • Unit 1: Intro to Civics
      • Government types, econimics types, role of different levels of government
      • Native born vs Naturalized Citizenship
      • Citizenship process
      • Legal vs illegal immigration
    • Unit 2: Background to US Government
      • Importance of Greek, Roman, and English government & history
      • Colonial Government
      • Englightenment thought on the role of government
      • Continental Congress, Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Conferdation
    • Unit 3: The US Constitution
      • Articles of Confederation pros and cons
      • The Constititonal Convention
      • Compromises
      • Ratification process
      • Principles behind the US Constitution
      • Structure (Article 1, 2, 3, etc)
      • How we interpret the Constitution
    • Unit 4: The Legislative branch
      • House of Representatives vs Senate
      • Qualifications for each job
      • Who are your current Reps and Senators
      • What does Congress do? 
      • How a bill becomes a law
      • Budgetary process
    • Unit 5: The Exectutive Branch
      • Important presidents
      • Roles of the President
      • The Cabinet
      • Various government departments, bureaus, and divisions
      • Line of Presidential succession
      • Electoral College
      • Primaries and caucuses
      • The diffrent roles of the President 
    • Unit 6: The Court System
      • Federal versus state courts
      • Makeup of the US Supreme Court
      • Makeup of the Federal District Courts
    • Unit 7: Rights and Resposibilities
      • The Bill of Rights (10 Amendments)
      • The other 17 amendments
      • How far do your rights go?
      • Responsibilties of a Citizen
        • Mandatory Resposibilities 
        • Voluntary Responsibilities