U.S. HISTORY 2 CURRICULUM
(CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT)
*This course is secular and covers both the "good" and the "ugly" side of history.
This curriculum is a guide for home school high school students and it divides U.S. History in two years. Be sure to research your state home school requirements. This curriculum is for you to use as a guide and consists of links to free resources, such as You Tube videos or assignments created in TeachersPayTeachers, etc. If a link is no longer available, please post it in the comments below with the specific week, so that I may find a replacement. In addition, this curriculum combines U.S. History with Literature, Writing assignments, and suggested movies/documentaries. They are optional and at your discretion.
It is highly recommended for students to create a Google Folder and create Google Doc pages for assignments. They should also have a binder to organize their handouts. And can also hand-write their notes in a notebook. The parent is responsible for keeping up with grades. All assignments are only suggestions.
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Wednesday: • Write a Comparative Essay that compares and contrasts the major political, military, and economic issues for the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War. • To prepare for the essay, read this article. • Type in Google Docs (Times New Roman, 12 point font, double space, minimum one full page, and cite MLA style).
A. Consider the following quotation from Robert Hunt (1877):
" . . . without one element, all skill and all mechanical talent would have been wasted,
and with it nearly all things have been possible. That element has been, and is,
Competition and a drive toward innovation are recurring themes in U.S. history. From the perspective of Robert Hunt, for example, competition and ambition were American virtues. Do you agree that the freedom to compete made a consistent, positive contribution to U.S. development in the Gilded Age? As you frame your answer, consider the effects of competition in social, economic, and political spheres.
B. Mark Twain coined the term "gilded age" to describe the decades of the 1890s and 1900s. Despite the shining and significant achievements of the United States, Twain characterized American civilization as cheap and flawed at its core. Do you agree with Twain's assertions or do you believe that his claim was too extreme? Feel free to suggest a more accurate, yet catchy, label for the same era in US history.
C. Business leaders of the late nineteenth century have been characterized both as greedy and unscrupulous “robber barons” and as great “captains of industry” whose entrepreneurial skill and tactics produced economic growth. Which view do you agree with more and why?
D. Evaluate the federal government’s policies toward Native American nations when settling the West during the late 19th century. Were these policies an appropriate way to deal with the “Indian problem”or could conflict have been entirely avoided?
Friday: • You will write a Research Essay on the Roaring Twenties, due next Friday. Follow the instructions in the handout "11th Grade US History The Roaring Twenties Research Essay Menu 1920's" • Choose your Topic and begin your research today (remember to save your sources since you need to include a Works Cited page and cite in your essay).
Wednesday: • In Google Docs, type a Persuasive Essay (Times New Roman, 12 point font, double space, minimum one full page, and cite MLA style) • Follow the instructions in the worksheet "Essay - Should the US have dropped the A-bomb".