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U.S. History A

Course Description

Historical survey from the post-Civil War era. Introduces the social, economic, and political history of the United States from 1877 to 1929, the Reconstruction to the present. Historical content focuses on the events related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies, and reform movements. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major events and analyze causes and effects. Students examine the impact of constitutional issues on American society, evaluate the dynamic relationship of the three branches of the federal government, and analyze efforts to expand the democratic process. Students describe the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created. Students use critical-thinking skills to explain and apply different methods that historians use to interpret the past. Note: The two semesters U.S. History A and U.S. History B cover the essential elements for the required course credit in U.S. history.

Required Course Materials

Any 1 of the 4 state-adopted textbooks:
Boyer, Paul, and Sterling Stuckey. The American Nation in the Modern Era, Texas Edition. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2003. ISBN 0030653436

Appleby, Joyce, Alan Brinkley, Albert S. Broussard, James McPherson, and Donald A. Ritchie. The American Republic Since 1877, Texas Edition. Columbus, OH: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN 0078280885

Cayton, Andrew, Elisabeth Israels, Perry, Linda Reed, and Allan M. Winkler. America: Pathways to the Present, Modern American History, Texas Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 2003. ISBN 0130629170

Danzer, Gerald A., J. Jorge Klor de Alva, Larry S. Krieger, Louis E. Wilson, and Nancy Woloch. The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell Inc., 2003. ISBN 0618184074

Course Lesson Organization

Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer.
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencil required

Course Outline

Total Number of Lessons: 9
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 18
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 9
Computer Graded: 9

Lesson 1: A Rapidly Changing Nation
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2

Lesson 2: America’s Economic Transformation
Graded Assignment 3
Graded Assignment 4

Lesson 3: The American Scene in the Gilded Age
Graded Assignment 5
Graded Assignment 6

Lesson 4: The Progressive Era
Graded Assignment 7
Graded Assignment 8

Lesson 5: The United States: A World Force
Graded Assignment 9
Graded Assignment 10

Lesson 6: The Great War - World War I
Graded Assignment 11
Graded Assignment 12

Lesson 7: The Roaring Decade
Graded Assignment 13
Graded Assignment 14

Lesson 8: The Beginning of the Great Depression
Graded Assignment 15
Graded Assignment 16

Lesson 9: The New Deal
Graded Assignment 17
Graded Assignment 18

Updated 01/17/08

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