American History is often glossed over in schools. By going in depth with history, it allows everyone to learn from the mistakes of our ancestors. Students begin to draw out the values and wisdom of a hundred years ago and apply it to today. Our children will soon be making decisions for our country and we want them to be informed and to work together to make the world a better place. Beginning with INDUSTRIALIZATION AND IMMIGRATION and finishing with WW2, students will explore these “adventure stories” of real people through interactive notebooks, biographies, journal entries, games, and time lines. Each class will require much participation and preparation by the students.
- Write a short piece with concrete words, phrases, and sensory details of the Plains from the viewpoint of a particular immigrant or migrant group.
- Analyze the major goals, struggles, and achievements of the Progressive Era, including attacking racial discrimination, child labor, big business, conservation, and alcohol use
- Anti-Trust laws
- 16th , 17th, 18th and 19th Amendments
- Immigration reform
- Describe the effects of Jim Crow Laws on the nation and Tennessee and the efforts of Ida B. Wells and Randolph Miller to bring attention to the inequalities of segregation
- Summarize the reasons for American entry into World War I, including submarine attacks on the Lusitania and the Zimmerman Telegram.
- Locate and map the countries of the Central and Allied Powers during World War I.
- Explain the roles of significant people and groups in World WarI, including Herbert Hoover, John J. Pershing, doughboys, Lawrence Tyson, and Alvin C. York.
- Refer to details and examples in a text to explain the aims of world leaders in the Treaty of Versailles and why the United States rejected Wilson’s League of Nation.
- Evaluate the role of Tennessee as the “Perfect 36” and the work of Anne Dallas Dudley, Harry Burn, and Governor Roberts in the fight for women’s suffrage and Josephine Pearson’s opposition.
- Make connections with the growth of popular culture of the “Roaring Twenties” with the following:
- Bessie Smith
- Automobiles, radios, and nickelodeons
- Harlem Renaissance
- WSM, Grand Ole Opry
- Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis
- Mass production, “just in time” inventory, appliances
- Determine the meaning and use of economic terms credit, interest, and debt and the role these played in the economy of the 1920s.
- Analyze the events that caused the Great Depression and its impact on the nation and Tennessee, including mass unemployment, Hoovervilles, and soup kitchens.
- Use specific textual evidence from primary and secondary source to summarize the success, failures, and challenges of President Roosevelt’s New Deal policies, including:
- Social Security
- Civilian Conservation Corps
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Cumberland Homesteads
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Compare and contrast a first hand and second hand account of the impact of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
- Using a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the rise of fascism, totalitarianism, and Nazism in Europe and Japan, the leaders and the goals of the Germany, Italy, and Japan.
- Compare and contrast different stories from media, and informational text regarding the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its impact on the United States, including the USS Arizona and USS Tennessee and America’s entry in the war.
- Evaluate the constitutionality of Japanese internment during the war
- Locate the Axis and Allied Powers and the major theaters of war on a map.
- With supporting facts and details provide reasons for rationing, victory gardens, the design of The Rosie the Riveter ideal (Avco jobs for Tennessee women) and the Women Airforce Service Pilots-Cornelia Fort.
- Write an informative text about the Holocaust and its impact
- Clarify the reasons for the German surrender and reasons for the European division of Germany.
- Describe the role of the Manhattan Project and Oak Ridge, Tennessee in ending World War II and the decision to drop the atom bomb on Japan
Introduction Overview: Review of Civil War and Reconstruction
The Transcontinental Railroad, Inventors and Inventions, Immigration.
World War I | Great Depression | Roaring Twenties
World War I, The Great Depression, The Roaring Twenties, Theodore Roosevelt, National Monuments Act, Spanish American War, Territories (Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Guam), Panama Canal, F.D. Roosevelt, The New Deal
World War 2
World War II, Pearl Harbor, The Manhattan Project, Atomic Bomb, Communism, the Iron Curtain, the Berlin Wall
This class can be used as a full social studies curriculum. Homework assignments will be given and expected to be completed.