General Description: A required course that includes a review of the economic, social and political developments of the United States and its governmental structure, with emphasis on the 20th century.

 Content: The course uses primary and secondary documents and the history text to develop critical thinking, note-taking and written and oral language skills. Units of study will include the following eras in American History: Colonial, revolutionary, constitutional, early republic, westward migration, Civil War, Reconstruction, late 19th century, industrialization, progressive era, WWI, Boom or Bust 1920’s, WWII, Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, conformity to social revolution, cynicism to conservative resurgence.

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of: research-based papers; multi- media presentations; visual document analysis using graphs, charts, written documents, political cartoons and photographs; cooperative group projects; identifying bias; and non-fiction text reading and outlining.

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: