UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY:
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Students in grade 11 study the major turning points in American History in the Twentieth century. Following a review of the nation's beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the 10th grade study of culture, sociology, geography and global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and the corporate economy, and their social and cultural effects. They trace the change in the ethnic composition of American societies; the movement towards equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. Students will come to understand the principles of historical development, to include Federal authority vs. States rights, domestic and foreign pressures, and democracy as an evolving dynamic entity. They will develop an understanding of how history brought our nation and us as citizens where we are today. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state.
Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. They learn that the United States has served as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents, but the results of a defined set of political principles that are not always basic to citizens of other countries. They will come to understand that with freedom comes responsibility, and to understand that our rights under the U.S. Constitution comprise a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry for its preservation and protection.
Ms. Murphy, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Thissen