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United States History

by Oklahoma State School Boards Assoc

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Course Description

The study of United States History requires students to examine the historic people, groups, events, trends, and movements that have formed and continue to transform our contemporary nation. Students will demonstrate an understanding of both the causes and effects of significant political, economic, and cultural turning points which have impacted the progress of American society

This online repository of resources, teaching ideas, comprehensive lessons and units of study will take students beyond the limitations of a single textbook. Through the hands-on analysis of primary source documents, imagery, map collections, and documentary evidence, students are expected to practice the skills of the historian as they encounter the experiences and perspectives of historic personalities. Such primary sources provide students with numerous opportunities to summarize how key events or ideas develop over time.

The course begins with an evaluation of the lasting impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction, followed by units of study focusing on the Westward Movement, Industrial Era, and the growth of the United States as a world power by the turn of the century. Twentieth century units highlight the challenges of two world wars, a Great Depression and its aftermath, the Cold War period of international tension, and the evolution of civil rights for all Americans.

This course concludes with an analysis of the challenges of global terrorism and the impact of an economically-interdependent world, including the role the United States plays in international affairs.   Each unit enables students to access a variety of resources which weave the elements of the social sciences together- history, economics, culture, politics, and geography- in order to make sense of the past and better understand the present.

An integral part of the study of our nation’s past compels students to thoroughly analyze the political structure of our federal system of government, the dynamic powers exercised by both elected and appointed officials, as well as the critical role played by the Constitution in meeting the needs of a changing society. Focus on historic Congressional legislation, executive decisions, and landmark Supreme Court cases can provide students with the opportunity to recreate the decision-making process used by historic leaders to solve pertinent issues of each historic era.  Through such analysis, students will be prepared to meet the challenges and civic responsibilities as tomorrow’s leaders.

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