Grade 11 - Social Studies
Advanced U.S. History B - Semester 2 (Credit: 0.50)This online course is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to think critically
and to gain factual knowledge about US history. Students will learn to analyze and
critique historical materials and evaluate historical interpretations presented in research.
This course will help learners acquire the necessary skills to come to conclusions based
on informed judgments and provide sound reasoning and evidence for those judgments.
Each of the units in the course provides students with a survey of US history topics in
which they analyze problems and themes for each era through supplementary readings
while developing and deepening their understanding of the events, people, and places
that were relevant during the time period. Students will also learn to assess primary and
secondary sources. This course is meant to have students think conceptually about the
issues facing the United States and how those issues have influenced our history,
rather than just memorizing facts and dates.
Students will write often in this course in the form of both short answers and essays.
These writings will require students to think critically and thoughtfully on different topics
and on different interpretations of history. Students will encounter frequent prompts to
analyze and interpret a wide variety of original source documents. In addition, students
are asked to read the works of historians, to answer questions about how those
historians present events, and to compare and analyze how the historians’ approach
affects readers’ perceptions of the events and people involved (see especially "Nixon's
'Imperial' Presidency" in unit 7).