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U.S. History

Course Description

The U.S. History teachers will be following the California Content Standards for US History while integrating the new nationally adopted Common Core Standards. The Contents standards are the “what” we will be learning in class, and the Common Core is the “how” we will teach and learn. The focus for 11th grade U.S. History is on the 20th century. There is a brief review of early “American” history, but most of the class is spent on the 20th century, and how the United States shaped and was shaped by world politics, changing technologies, international conflicts and wars, various democratic collective actions, imperialism, and other shifting modes of thought and action. All of the U.S. History teachers strive to incorporate many perspectives, use primary source documents, including visual arts, music, and fiction, in order to create meaningful assignments that build upon skills students are learning in English Language Arts. The goal is to use materials that bring history alive, and engage students in learning and reflecting on themselves, their families, and their communities in the process. Students will be expected to read, interpret and critically analyze a variety of texts, and produce written work that takes a position and defends it with evidence on several events in U.S. History.