Adult Ed

Adult Education U.S. History

1.0 Credit
36 weeks
Open

The United States began as an experiment in freedom and democracy. Since its establishment, the country and its people have endured social, political and economic revolutions. In this course, students will investigate the people, events and ideas that have shaped the United States from the end of the Civil War through today.

Students are asked to analyze and evaluate decisions made by political, business and military leaders. Emphasis is placed on connections between events of the past and present. This course also gives students the opportunity to conduct research and apply their learning to current, real-world problems.

Competencies

Ancient Empires

Students will demonstrate an understanding of ancient empires by describing early African nations, comparing Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, and analyzing the impact of ancient Mesoamerican and Andean leaders.

Development of Monotheistic Religions

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the development of the monotheistic religions by comparing the ideals of the monotheistic religions, summarizing the expansion of the Islamic Empires, and summarizing contributions of the Byzantine Empire before its decline.

Medieval Europe and Japan

Students will demonstrate an understanding of medieval Europe and Japan by summarizing medieval social hierarchy in Europe, describing intellectual and artistic achievements of the Middle Ages, and comparing Japanese feudalism with Western European feudalism during the Middle Ages.

Postmedieval Ideas

Students will demonstrate an understanding of postmedieval ideas by describing the effects of the plague, analyzing the cultural impact of the Renaissance, and summarizing the effects of the Age of Exploration.

Globalism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of globalism by describing the aftereffects of WWII, explaining the fighting of proxy wars, and analyzing the pros and cons of a globalization.

Industrialization and Imperialism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of industrialization and imperialism by explaining the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society, summarizing resulting economic ideologies, explaining imperialism, and analyzing reform movements.

Influence of the Enlightenment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the Enlightenment by summarizing the effects of settled nations, describing the Scientific Revolution, and analyzing the Enlightenment’s influence on the French Revolution.

The World Wars

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the world wars by explaining the events leading to WWI, describing the causes of the world wars, analyzing the ending of WWII, and explaining the crime of genocide. 

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment I:

Module 1: Reconstruction

  • 01.00 Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 Geography
  • 01.02 Set the Stage
  • 01.03 Civil War
  • 01.04 Rebuilding the Government
  • 01.05 A New South
  • 01.06 Face of Freedom
  • 01.07 Westward Expansion
  • 01.08 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 01.09 Module One Exam
  • Collaboration Project
  • Collaboration Assessment Guide

Module 2: Industrial Revolution

  • 02.00 Module Two Pretest
  • 02.01 Industrialization Changes America
  • 02.02 Innovation Nation
  • 02.03 Populism
  • 02.04 Coming to America
  • 02.05 Rise of the Political Machine
  • 02.06 Labor Movements
  • 02.07 Social Change
  • 02.08 Testing Tips: Analyzing Maps and Images
  • 02.09 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.10 Module Two Exam
  • Collaboration Project
  • Collaboration Assessment Guide

Module 3: Enter the World Stage

  • 03.00 Module Three Pretest
  • 03.01 Isolationism, Intervention, and Imperialism
  • 03.02 U.S. Territorial Expansion
  • 03.03 The Great War
  • 03.04 Preparing for War
  • 03.05 New Kind of War
  • 03.06 War at Home
  • 03.06 War at Home: Honors
  • 03.07 Peace, Demobilization, and Next Steps
  • 03.08 Testing Tips: Understanding Complexity
  • 03.09 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.10 Module Three Exam
  • Collaboration Project
  • Collaboration Assessment Guide

Module 4: Between the Wars

  • 04.00 Module Four Pretest
  • 04.01 Isolationism
  • 04.02 The Roaring Twenties
  • 04.03 Cultural Changes of the 1920s
  • 04.04 Challenges to Civil Rights
  • 04.05 The Great Depression
  • 04.06 The New Deal
  • 04.06 The New Deal: Honors
  • 04.07 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.08 Testing Tips: Analyzing Documents
  • 04.09 Segment One Exam: Regular
  • 04.09 Segment One Exam: Honors
  • Collaboration Project
  • Collaboration Assessment Guide

Segment II

Module 5: World War II

  • 05.00 Module Five Pretest
  • 05.01 World War Again
  • 05.02 The United States at War
  • 05.03 Two Wars
  • 05.04 Holocaust
  • 05.05 War at Home
  • 05.06 War Ends
  • 05.07 Testing Tips: Analyzing Images
  • 05.08 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 05.09 Module Five Exam
  • Collaboration Project
  • Collaboration Assessment Guide

Module 6: Post WWII & Cold War

  • 06.00 Module Six Pretest
  • 06.01 The Fifties and Sixties
  • 06.02 The Early Cold War
  • 06.03 The Cold War at Home
  • 06.04 The Korean War
  • 06.05 The Cold War
  • 06.05 The Cold War: Honors
  • 06.06 Vietnam War
  • 06.07 Disillusionment
  • 06.08 Testing Tips: Analyzing Maps
  • 06.09 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06.10 Module Six Exam
  • Collaboration Project
  • Collaboration Assessment Guide

Module 7: Civil Rights Movement

  • 07.00 Module Seven Pretest
  • 07.01 The Great Society
  • 07.02 Peace or Power
  • 07.03 Minority Rights
  • 07.04 Civil Rights Decisions
  • 07.05 Testing Tips: Misconceptions and Timed Testing Strategies
  • 07.06 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07.07 Module Seven Exam
  • Collaboration Project
  • Collaboration Assessment Guide

Module 8: The Modern Era

  • 08.00 Module Eight Pretest
  • 08.01 The 1970s
  • 08.01 The 1970s: Honors
  • 08.02 The 1980s
  • 08.03 A New Millennium
  • 08.04 Terrorism and Human Rights
  • 08.05 Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 08.06 Segment Two Exam: Regular
  • 08.06 Segment Two Exam: Honors
  • Collaboration Project
  • Collaboration Assessment Guide