American History I Outcomes
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Course Overview: American History I

The study of American History 1 begins with Native Americans before 1492 and continues through the year 1877, this date allows us to complete a Unit on Reconstruction and introduce the West after the Civil War. The focus of this course provides students with a framework for studying political, social, economic, and cultural issues, and for analyzing the impact these issues have had on American society. This course goes beyond memorization of isolated facts to the development of higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. Students will be using a variety of primary sources on a weekly basis to become critical readers and writers. A skill that will help them throughout their lives. 


Outcome 1: SWBAT analyze the social and economic effects of European exploration on American Indians and Europeans in the US prior to 1630

P1: explain the theories of early human migration to the American continent

P2: compare the native American tribe lifestyles pre-European contact

P3: analyze European motives for exploration

P4: analyze the impact of Columbian Exchange on American Indians and Europeans

P5: Compare the settlement/colonization attempts of early French, English, and Spanish Settlers in the New World

HP1: explain from an Indian's’ point of view how to treat the Europeans and why

HP2: analyze who came out on the better end of the Columbian exchange

HP3: if a new continent was discovered today would you go and what would be your motives or benefits would you expect to gain

HP4: writing prompt: Which colony Jamestown or Plymouth, would survive and thrive first?

Outcome 2: SWBAT Analyze key political, economic and social developments in Colonial America

P1:Research & Compare the economic situations, population makeup, and religious freedoms in each of the 3 English colonies settlements (New England, Middle, and South)

P2: Analyze the impact of transatlantic trade on colonial America

P3: describe how the growth of self government led to ideas of independence

P4: Analyze the British laws and how they were implemented in the North American colonies

P5: Explain the development of slavery and servitude in the Colonies

HP1: Explain how can we see the colonial demographics (population, economics, religion, etc) in today’s society

HP2: Analyze the lasting effects of the transatlantic trade on Americans

HP3: Explain If you lived during the colonial period would you have supported British Imperial policies in America?

HP4: Explain How the colonial period created the American identity

Outcome 3: SWBAT analyze the increasing tensions between the British and American Colonists that led to the American Revolution

P1: Explain how the French and Indian War created tensions that led to the Revolution

P2: Identify the new taxes and regulations on the Colonies/ Colonists by the British

P3: Examine the effects of the new taxes and regulations on the colonies

P4: Analyze the early conflicts leading to the Revolution including the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and various editorials

P5: Categorize the personal and political liberties that were sought by the colonists.

HP1: Conclude whether or not the colonists should have been taxed by Britain

HP2: Explain how did the Enlightenment influenced the American rebellion

HP3: Analyze primary source speeches and documents on the different viewpoints leading up to the Revolution

HP4: Explain what side of the conflict you would have been on

HP5: Were the colonists treated like English Citizens?

HP6: Could the American Revolution have been avoided?

Outcome 4: SWBAT analyze the effects of American Revolution.

P1: Compare the different perspectives on the American Revolutions by the colonists

P2: Examine major military and political turning points in the American Revolution

P3: Analyze the contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, and women to the American Revolution

P4: Compare the impact of the Revolution on men, women, whites, blacks, and Native Americans

P5: Assess the new government, institutions, and ideas created by Americans as a result of the war.

HP1: debate what side of the American Revolution I would have joined and why

HP2: Analyze Hollywood’s representation of the American Revolution

HP3: Debate whether the war had greater political, social, or economic impact on Americans

HP4: Identify the characteristics of the national identity that emerged out of the American Revolution

HP5: summarize alternate historical interpretations of history

Outcome 5: SWBAT Analyze the division of power in the new American Government

P1: Analyze the different compromises that were required to create the Constitution

P2: Summarize the powers of the different branches of Government as stated in the constitution

P3: Explain the division of power between the federal and state governments

P4: Explain the differences between Federalists and the Anti-Federalists/Democratic Republicans

P5: Identify the Bill of Rights and Explain its purpose

P6: Rank the political freedoms given to the different groups of Americans

HP1: Analyze if you agree with the Compromises the founding fathers created

HP2: Explain the influence of the Constitution in today’s government

HP3: Hypothesize who the Federalists and Democratic Republicans’ would vote for today

HP4: Explain what other amendments would you add to the Bill of Rights?

HP5: How has access to political freedoms changed in the last 200 years?

Outcome 6: SWBAT analyze how the early US government was tested in the early years

P1: Identify and Explain the differences between Federalists and the Democratic Republicans

P2: Explain how President Washington used the Whiskey Rebellion to reinforce his power as President

P3: Analyze the effect the XYZ affair had on American domestic politics and civil liberties

P4: Analyze how the Election of 1800 was revolutionary due to the peaceful transfer of power between political parties

P5: Explain how the court case of Marbury vs Madison influenced the power of the Supreme Court

P6: Effects of War of 1812

HP1: Hypothesize who the Federalists and Democratic Republicans’ would vote for today

HP2: Hypothesize what politics would be like today without political parties

HP3: Judge the effectiveness of President Washington’s actions and evaluate if they were constitutional or not

HP4: Analyze the modern implications of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

HP5: Explain how the power of the federal government is tested today

HP6: Explain whether you would have supported or opposed the War of 1812

Outcome 7: SWBAT Examine the role of Art, Literature, Politics and Social Change in developing an American Identity

P1: Compare the economies and lifestyles in the North and South

P2: Analyze how Andrew Jackson’s policies divided the country

P3: Compare the reform movements of the mid-1800s (mental health, prison, women’s rights, education, temperance and transcendentalism/ utopian societies)

P4: Examine the America Patriotism in art and writing of the Mid-1800s

P5: Identify inventions of the Industrial Revolution that helped to change American life

HP1: Explain how the differences between the North and South are still seen today

HP2: Would you have supported Andrew Jackson as a President?

HP3: Grade the effectiveness of the reform movements

HP4: Analyze the influences of early 1800s reform movements on modern society

HP5: Critique a piece of art or writing from the mid-1800s looking for America Patriotism

HP6: Describe the New and Unique American Identity that arises in the 1830s and 1840s

Outcome 8: SWBAT explain how expansion caused conflict in America during the early to mid 1800s

P1: Identify inventions of the industrial revolution encouraged expansion

P2: Explain the difficulties settlers face moving west

P3: Identify how America got each new territory

P4: Illustrate how western expansion affected different groups of people including: Indians, Mexicans, Settlers, Mormons

P5: Differentiate and explain the different viewpoints involved in America’s expansion west

P6: Conclude how western expansion lead to conflict/sectionalism

HP1: Predict what new technologies would be needed to continue expansion

HP2: Compare life for settlers moving west to life for people moving today

HP3: Compare how America is expanding today vs to how America expanded in the mid-1800s

HP4: Hypothesize how the west would be different if Mexico won the Mexican-American War

HP5: Evaluate the effects of western expansion on the country & Infer how western expansion lead to the Civil War

Outcome 9: SWBAT explain the different causes of tension in the US & conclude how these led to the Civil War

P1: Define and Identify instances of Nationalism and Sectionalism in America in the 1840s and 1850s

P2: Summarize how the Abolition movement lead to sectionalism & caused tension in the US

P3: Sort the effectiveness of different solutions to keep the nation whole/avoid Civil War

P4: Conclude how different tensions led to the Civil War

P5: Analyze the South’s arguments for the continuation of Slavery and for Withdrawing from the Nation

HP1: Find & describe modern examples sectionalism and nationalism

HP2: Explain if Nationalism or Sectionalism is more prevalent in the US today

HP3: Revise/create my own solutions to the tensions experienced in the 1800s

HP4: Summarize the different political, social, and economic tensions that led to the Civil War

HP5: Could the Civil War have been prevented?

Outcome 10: SWBAT explain the direct effects of the Civil War on America.

P1: Compare and contrast the relative advantages and disadvantages of the North and the South as the Civil War began

P2: Identify the key battles of the Civil War and their effects on the outcome of the War

P3: Evaluate the Civil War’s impact on the home front (people and Government) in both the North and the South.

P4: Illustrate the life of a Civil War soldier

P5: Explain the effect of the Lincoln’s assassination on the nation

HP1: Hypothesize which group should have won the war based solely off their battle strategy & advantages

HP2: Assess the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation as an instrument of war

HP3: Compare the effects of the Civil War on soldiers to the effects of the current War on Terrorism

HP4: Did the Civil War solve any problems?

Outcome 11: SWBAT explain the social, political and economic effects of Reconstruction

P1: Identify and Explain the significance of the 13th, 14th, & 15th Amendments

P2: Compare the Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction plans

P3: Analyze whether African Americans were Free or Not during Reconstruction

P4: Compare African American and White Southerners perspectives on Reconstruction

P5: Evaluate the reasons why Reconstruction came to an end.

HP1: Defend the reconstruction plan I agree with

HP2: Analyze the political, economic, and social impact of Reconstruction

HP3: Explain how the effects of Reconstruction are still seen today

HP4: Analyze the problems and accomplishments of the Radical Reconstruction governments in the postwar South

Outcome 12: SWBAT explain the opportunities and conflicts that different groups faced out West after the Civil War

P1: Explain why different groups moved west

P2: Analyze the opportunities different groups faced out west

P3: Analyze the different conflicts different groups faced out west

P4: Letter Home

HP1: Explore the modern conditions of those who moved out west and compare how things have changed

HP2: Rank the different groups who moved out west in terms of who had the most to least opportunities and explain your rankings

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