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1 Students will expand their knowledge of pre-Reconstruction America.

2 Students will understand how the growth of industry changed the United States.

  • 1 Assess how transportation, communication, and marketing improvements and innovations transformed the American economy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    • a Identify major American inventions and how they affected the United States; e.g., telephone, electricity, car, motion pictures.

    • b Explain the expansion of transportation and communication in the United States following the Civil War.

    • c Determine the impact of industrialization on the American economy and society.

    • d Examine how the market revolution affected retail distribution of goods in the cities and in rural areas.

  • 2 Evaluate the prominent business leaders and the business organizations that influenced the growth of industrialization in the United States.

    • a Examine the roles of American industrialists; e.g., Rockefeller, Morgan, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Ford.

    • b Evaluate the growth and influences of monopolies and trusts on capitalism.

  • 3 Assess how the growth of industry affected the movement of people into and within the United States.

    • a Determine the demographic changes in population from the 1890's to the present.

    • b Investigate the influences that affected various immigrant groups entering the United States.

    • c Examine the working conditions of immigrant workers; e.g., factory, mine, agriculture, transportation.

  • 4 Investigate the challenges presented to urban inhabitants.

    • a Identify how American cities spawned American architecture.

    • b Examine living conditions in tenements.

    • c Compare the attitudes of Social Darwinism with those of Social Gospel believers.

3 Students will recognize how social reform occurred at the turn of the century.

  • 1 Investigate reform movements and their prominent leaders.

    • a Examine the problems faced by American farmers created by the new market economy and the rise of the Populist Party.

    • b Analyze the growth and influence of political machines; i.e., muckrakers, Progressives.

    • c Investigate the emerging civil rights movements for women and Afro-Americans.

  • 2 Assess the growth and development of labor unions and their key leaders.

    • a Trace the development of national labor unions.

    • b Determine the impact of collective bargaining.

    • c Analyze the development of socialism in the United States.

4 Students will understand how war affected the early 20th century.

  • 1 Investigate how the United States became involved in imperialism and the Spanish-American War.

    • a Determine the economic, social, and military affects of United States imperialism.

    • b Examine the cause, course, and consequences of the Spanish-American War.

    • c Assess how America's imperialism altered relationships with the Far East and Latin America.

  • 2 Examine how World War I affected the military and the home front of the United States.

    • a Identify major causes of World War I and the United States' involvement and influence in the war; i.e., Wilson's fourteen points, the Versailles Treaty.

    • b Determine the reasons the United States Senate refused to join the League of Nations.

    • c Examine the impact World War I had on the United States; e.g., government policy, industrial might, civil liberties.

5 Students will understand how Americans reacted to rapid social change during the 1920's.

  • 1 Analyze how the United States coped with rapid economic and technological advances.

    • a Investigate how mass media affected American society.

    • b Assess how new inventions and consumerism influenced daily life.

    • c Explain how the automobile affected the business and landscape of America.

  • 2 Examine the experiences of black Americans and women in the early 20th century.

    • a Account for the sudden growth of black consciousness.

    • b Describe the changes in women's attitudes and roles in society.

6 Students will understand how the Great Depression and the New Deal affected the United States.

  • 1 Investigate the impact of the Great Depression on the United States.

    • a Analyze the major causes of the Great Depression.

    • b Examine the social effects of the Great Depression.

  • 2 Analyze the long-term effects of the New Deal on the United States.

    • a Explore the purposes and effectiveness of the New Deal; e.g., presidency, economics, politics.

    • b Investigate the shift of power from state to federal government.

7 Students will understand the causes, course, and consequences of the United States' role in World War II.

  • 1 Determine how America shifted from isolationism to intervention.

    • a Analyze the factors that led to militarism and fascist aggression in the world.

    • b Determine how the attack on Pearl Harbor forced the United States out of isolationism.

    • c Examine how the alliance systems led the United States into World War II.

    • d Investigate the major campaigns of the United States in the European and Pacific theaters; e.g., Midway, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, island hopping, and the bombing of Japan.

  • 2 Examine the impact World War II had on the American home front.

    • a Identify the impact of World War II on minority groups in America.

    • b Examine the role women played in the wartime workforce.

    • c Trace American mobilization for war.

  • 3 Evaluate how the rules and weapons of war changed during World War II.

    • a Assess how the war expanded beyond military targets to civilian centers.

    • b Evaluate how technology changed the weapons used in World War II and introduced the atomic age.

  • 4 Investigate the Post-War Baby Boom's influence on America.

    • a Assess the influence of the G.I. Bill on the American lifestyle.

    • b Trace the development of consumerism and the economy on the Baby Boom generation.

    • c Trace the development of television and its impact on American culture.

    • d Investigate the cultural and social impact of the Baby Boom generation on the American people.

8 Students will understand the United States' domestic and international position in the Cold War era.

  • 1 Investigate how the postwar goals and action of the United States and the Soviet Union was manifested throughout the world.

    • a Analyze the organization and operation of the United Nations.

    • b Evaluate the effectiveness of American post-war foreign policy in Europe and the Soviet Union's reaction.

    • c Examine the world's reaction to nuclear weapons.

  • 2 Analyze the Cold War ideology of the United States' involvement in Asia.

    • a Explain America's reaction to the fall of China to Communism under Mao Zedong.

    • b Trace American and United Nations involvement in the Korean Police Action.

    • c Examine the various factors that drew the United States into conflict with North Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh.

    • d Investigate how the Vietnam War changed the nature of warfare.

  • 3 Summarize the political, social, and economic reactions to the Cold War in the United States.

    • a Examine the successes and failures of the various political administrations; i.e., Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Nixon.

    • b Analyze the Great Society programs aimed at ending poverty.

    • c Examine the impact of McCarthyism and Watergate on citizens' attitude toward government.

    • d Trace the development of space exploration.

  • 4 Investigate the end of the Cold War and examine America's role in the changing world.

    • a Compare differing American reactions to overseas military involvement.

    • b Trace the events that resulted in the breakup of the USSR.

    • c Examine the superpower status of the United States in the world.

9 The students will understand the emergence and development of the human rights and culture in the modern era.

  • 1 Analyze how the civil rights movement affected United States society.

    • a Identify the causes and consequences of civil rights legislation and court decisions.

    • b Investigate the fight for political, economic, and social equality of women.

    • c Analyze how the black civil rights movement utilized both social and political actions to achieve its goals.

    • d Investigate the gains in civil rights made by the American Indian nations, Mexican Americans, and other ethnic groups in the last half of the twentieth century.

  • 2 Analyze the impact of the counter culture since the 1960's.

    • a Trace the development of the counter culture from the anti-Vietnam movement.

    • b Assess the development of mass media as the voice of the counter culture.

    • c Examine the impact of drugs on the counter culture and the United States.

10 The students will understand the economic and political changes of contemporary America.

  • 1 Analyze the economy of the contemporary United States.

    • a Examine the effects of economics on modern society.

    • b Trace the development of computers and the Internet and their impact on American business and globalization.

  • 2 Determine how politics was changed by the end of the Cold War.

    • a Examine the "Reagan Revolution," its goals, success, and failures.

    • b Determine the impact of environmentalism on the United States.

    • c Analyze the impact of international terrorism on the United States.