This course begins with the closing of the Silk Road, the European land route to Asia. It continues with European exploration and the impact Europeans had on the lives of those native to North America. Included in the course are the founding of British colonies in North America, the founding of the United States, the War of 1812, US western expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Indian Wars, immigration, American imperialism, the Progressive movement, and World War I. Special focus is given to the ideas that shaped the history of those living in the United States. Students examine and analyze materials that describe historical periods and interact with primary and secondary sources, textbook readings, biographies, period literature, and other materials that paint a full picture of early American history and encourage students to explore historical topics. Discussions with peers help students think creatively and critically about each topic. All units include projects designed to develop and sharpen the students’ writing skills.
Suggested grade level: 11