Elective: Grade 10-12
United States History is a social studies course which students may choose in grade 11 or 12. Students survey American history from the colonial period to the present with nation building as a guiding theme. Students will examine long-term changes in the American political and economic systems as well as cultural themes. Special emphasis is placed on the evolving role of the United States in world affairs, particularly during the 20th century.
US History investigates the development of the nation from the colonial period to the present. It focuses on the historical and intellectual origins of the United States during the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the outbreak of the Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution. Students also study the basic framework of American democracy and the basic concepts of America government, such as popular sovereignty, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights. Students will also learn about the growth of sectional conflict, how sectional conflict led to the Civil War, and the consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction. The causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution will be analyzed. The various factors that led to America’s entry into World War II as well as the consequences of World War II on American life will be fully explored. Finally, students will study the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the Cold War, including the Civil Rights movement, and recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. Arab history is integrated throughout this course. This course develops and reinforces the use of primary sources, library and research techniques, formulation and testing of hypotheses, map reading and geography skills. Students are also taught to collect, organize and interpret data, and understand cause and effect relationships within a chronological structure. Students write book reviews and research papers in conjunction with the instruction they have received in their sophomore English program. Arab history is integrated throughout this course.