The 7th Grade U.S. history course is designed as a traditional U.S. History II course (United States History from 1860 to the Post-Cold War Era).
Students will use skills for historical and geographical analysis to explore the history of the United States and understand ideas and events that led the young republic into the American Civil War, and the trials and tribulations of a reconstructed union following the War. The standards for this course relate to the history of the United States from the election of Abraham Lincoln and through Reconstruction up to the challenges faced by a post-Cold War Era America. Students will learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history in chronological sequence. They will learn about change and continuity in our history as they continue the study of documents and speeches that laid the foundation for American ideals and institutions. Students will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country's history through the use of primary and secondary sources.
The study of history must emphasize the intellectual skills required for responsible citizenship. Students will practice these skills as they extend their understanding of the essential knowledge defined by all of the standards for history and social science. Political, economic, and social challenges facing the nation through its development will be examined chronologically as students develop an understanding of how the American experience shaped the world political and economic landscape.
Through this overview of American history, the concept of responsible citizenship will be emphasized as students learn about key historical figures that made a difference in the establishment and evolution of American society.
A variety of instructional strategies will be utilized in the teaching of this course, including, but not limited to:
- daily lectures
- daily reading assignments
- classroom discussions, including question and answer opportunities to help develop critical thinking skills
- research projects interactive projects, such as Prezi presentations
- The viewing of historical documentaries, to reinforce visually historic events that are covered in a particular section being studied.