Pacing Guide - 2017 - 2018 U.S. History
Aug. 21-24 Reconstruction and African American History 1865-1877- Civil War Review - Chapter 16
Aug. 28-Sept. 15th. Shedding the Past and Moving Forward - Growing Pains in Industrial America: From Agriculture to Business 1860-1900 (3 weeks)
●Business/Labor Movements: Readings Ch. 17
●Growth in the South and the West: Readings Ch. 18
●Revolt of Rural/Urban America: Readings Ch. 19
●Gilded Age Politics: Readings Ch. 19
#1 Paper due Sept. 15 - Shedding the Past and Growing America
Presentations scheduled during this unit. 2 students per presentation
Sept. 18- Sept. 29 - Modern America Emerges - What makes a modern America?1865-1920 (2 weeks)
●Imperial America and creating an empire: Readings Ch. 20
●The Progressive era under Roosevelt/Taft: Readings Ch. 21
Oct. 2 - 6 From Peace to War to Peace again. 1914-1920 (1 week)
●WWI - America and the Great War: Readings. Ch. 22
Oct. 9 - 20 The Business of America is Business 1920-1929(2 weeks) Domestic Leadership
●Consumption, Jazz and the Modernist Revolt - the Lost Generation: Readings Ch. 23
●Immigration restriction: Readings Chapter 24
●Causes of the Great Depression: Readings Chapter 24
#2 Paper due Sept. 20 - What made America ‘Modern’?
Presentations scheduled during this unit.
Oct. 23-27 The Great Depression and Role of Government 1929-1939
●Hooverism to the Roosevelt’s New Deal: Readings Chapter 25
●Struggles of the New Deal: Readings Chapter 25
●Second New Deal - Greater role of government in society
Oct. 30 - Nov. 10 The Second World War - America as a World Leader 1933-1945
●Rise of Fascism: Readings Chapter 26
●Isolationism to Intervention: Readings Chapter 26
●Post Atomic Age
Nov. 13 - December 8 The People’s History of the United States - a look at the forgotten voices in American History
●Readings from Howard Zinn’s seminal book on American History
●Find points from America: A Narrative History and counterpoints in Zinn’s book.
●Compare both points of view
#3 Paper due Dec. 8. Historical Points of View
Dec. 11-15 Group Project Presentations - TMP Finals Week
●Your group presentation will address how the United States recovered from the Civil War, moved from a seemingly weak global position to become a world power all within 100 years.
●Presentations options will be discussed.
Jan 16 - 26 American in the Cold War 1945-1952
●Harry Truman contains communist expansion: Readings Ch. 27
●Cold War America
●Civil Rights Movement: Readings Ch. 28
●Foreign Policy in the Fifties: Readings Ch. 28
#4 Paper due Jan. 26 - Cold War: There and Back Again
●How we might returning to a Cold War threat.
Presentations scheduled during this unit.
Feb. 12 - Mar.1 Kennedy’s New Frontier Optimism and Caution 1960-1968
●Kennedy the Cold Warrior is assassinated
●Johnson’s Great Society: Readings Ch. 29
●Vietnam and the 60s. Readings Ch. 29
●Youth Rebellion: Readings Ch. 30
#5 Paper due Mar. 1 - The Counterculture of the 60s: What happened?
Presentations scheduled during this unit
Mar. 5- Mar.15 Revival of Conservatism: Nixon and ending the Vietnam War 1974-1990
●The Nixon Doctrine: Ch. 30
●Watergate: Ch. 30
Spring Break: Mar. 19-23
Mar. 26-Apr. 5 Conservative Revival 1977-1990
●Billy Carter. A social experiment post Nixon
●Ronald Reagan: Return to Conservative Form. Ch.31
●George H.W. Bush: One term president. Ch. 31
Apr. 9- 26 21st Century America 1990-Present
●Bill Clinton’s impeachment: Ch. 32
●9/11- America begins its longest war
●Obama’s Historic Presidency Ch. 32
#6 Paper due Apr. 5 Topic TBA
Apr 30 - May 11 Group Presentation Preparation - Howard Zinn Wrap-up.
●Groups will prepare a presentation on the arc of U.S. History.
May 14-18 Group Presentations
- Six (3-5)page papers. 3 papers per semester. 40% of grade.
- 3 short presentations per semester. Two presenters per group. 15% of grade.
- 1 group project (4 students per group) 20% of grade.
- Readings assigned weekly. Approx. 40 pages per week. 10% of grade.
- Engagement 15% of grade.
- African American/American Indian History
- Industrial America
- World Leadership at home and abroad
- The Role of Government
- The U.S. as a World Power
- Reform Movements
Texts: America: A Narrative History by George Tindall and David Shi
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn