American History

American History
11th Grade

ThemesEssential QuestionsContentResources
INDIVIDUAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT & RESPONSIBILITYWhat are the roles of individuals, groups, and institutions in furthering better societal continuity and change over time?

What are the influence of groups and institutions on people and events in historical and contemporary settings?

Recognize how the decisions of WWI affected WWII.


Spanish American War

20th Century Conflicts

Roosevelt Corollary

Big Stick

Open Door

Marshall Plan

Panama Canal

Cold War

Nuclear Proliferation

Movements of oppression (e.g., A.I.M., Holocaust, Japanese Internment, etc.)

Civil War

Apply critical thinking to examine historical theory.
TIME, CONTINUITY & CHANGEHow have the actions, movements, and priorities of citizens changed this nation in the 20th century?

What are various interpretations of what happened in the past and how are they supported?

Why is the past important to us today?
Understand that there is a chronological framework for organizing the 20th century people, events, and ideas.

Analyze events, issues, or problems

social, political, economic, scientific/technological, and cultural positions.

Analyze the international and domestic events, interests, and philosophies, and

interpretation of evidence, which is subject to change.

Differentiate between historical interpretation and historical fiction.
  • 20’s Movement
  • Equal & Civil Rights
  • Minority & Women’s Movements
  • Growth of a “middle class”
  • Music,
  • Arts,
  • Entertainment,
  • Sports
  • Heroes
(e.g., Pottsdam Treaty, Yalta Treaty, Civil Liberties Act, Great Society, Dred Scott v. Sandford, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, development of NAACP)

discussion/repression of civil liberties

recognize that human experience is recorded in different voices representing different perspectives.
PEOPLE, PLACES, & ENVIRONMENTHow do people and physical environment interact?

What are the benefits and problems with peoples’ interaction with the environment?

How do changes in the meaning, use and distribution of resources in this nation and others affect the quality of peoples’ lives?

Understand and identify the effect of natural resources on people.


Westward Movement


Emergence of a national identity

Creation of public lands

Environmental movement
CULTURAL CONNECTIONSHow does culture change to accommodate different ideas and beliefs?

How is unity developed within and among culture?

How do belief systems, such as, religion or political ideals influence other parts of a culture?
Identification and recognition of cultural diversity.

Original cultures

Immigrants (current and past waves)


Civil Rights Movement
GLOBAL ECONOMICSHow has the American economy changed to interact with a more globally connected world?

How do institutions and groups deal with market failures?

How do markets work?
Agrarian to post-industrial




Trust busting

Labor Movement

Labor Practices



POWER, AUTHORITY, GOVERNANCEWhat is the relationship and obligation of the government and its citizens?

What conflicts exist among fundamental principles and values of constitutional democracy?

What is the proper scope and limits of authority?

Depression leads to New Deal

Growth of government


Abuse of Power

The passage of various amendments and their effects on the country

Impact of various presidents had during their terms of office

Major eras in American politics
League of Nations, United Nations

(e.g., Bill of Rights, 18th, 19th, Civil War Amendments, 21st)

(e.g., Open Door Policy, Big Stick diplomacy, Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Great Depression and New Deal, Civil War and Reconstruction, Marshall Plan, Cold War, and World Wars)