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American History I Course Description, Standards, and Objectives

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  • The American History I Course covers American History from the beginnings until Reconstruction (1877). The course has been designed to provide a framework for studying political, social, economic, and cultural issues, and for analyzing the impact these issues have had on American society over time. Students will continue to build upon previous studies of fundamental concepts and use skills of historical analysis as they examine American history. This course goes beyond memorization of isolated facts to the development of higher level thinking skills, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. This is a required course in NC to meet graduation requirements. 


    American History I Honors provides the opportunity for advanced work, rigorous academic study, and the practical application of the major ideas and concepts found in the study of American history. The course is challenging and requires students to take greater responsibility for their learning by participating in problem-seeking and problem-solving, scholarly and creative processes, critical analysis and application, reflective thinking, and the expression and defense of ideas generated through the study of the content. Honors United States History follows the same course of study as the corresponding standard United States History course; however the material is taught with greater complexity, novelty, acceleration, and reflects a differentiated curriculum. Honors United States History is distinguished by a difference in the quality of the work expected, not merely an increase in quantity.


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    NC Essential Standards/Course Objectives: This course will begin with Native American History (pre-contact) & European exploration of the new world (1500s), and continue through the Post-Civil War/Reconstruction Era (1877). Topics will include, but not limited to: America before & after 1492, European Exploration & Colonization, Colonial America & the American Revolution, Formation of the New Government, the Institution of Slavery, the Jacksonian Era & Reform, Manifest Destiny & Westward Expansion, Sectionalism & the Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, & the impact that various of individuals and groups had on early American history. 

    NC Essential Standards for American History I can be found HERE.