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  • Course Code
    SS.MSS00017/MSS00018
    Content Area
    Social Studies
    Description
    Challenge United States History examines the early origins and history of the United States from exploration through Reconstruction. Students will engage in an in-depth analysis of critical historical documents and artifacts in order to build an understanding of the development of our nation, including our government. By utilizing a variety of primary and secondary sources, students will develop and apply social science inquiry and process skills to understand historical and contemporary issues, solve problems, make educated decisions and take informed action. Students will demonstrate their understanding by developing social studies writing skills and effectively communicating the results of their learning. This new understanding of our nation's history will prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens.

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8CUSH1Pre-Colonial to Colonization
This unit focuses on Pre-Colonial America and the development of North American colonies. Students will understand the reasons behind colonization and the factors that shaped the early development of our nation.
8CUSH2Revolutionary War Unit
This unit focuses on the causes, course of events, and effects of the interaction between the colonies and England which led to the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution.
8CUSH3Constitution
This unit focuses on the creation of a framework to govern the new nation, including early government under the Articles of Confederation, and the conflicts and compromises that led to a new federal framework under the Constitution.
8CUSH4New Nation
This unit focuses on the challenges facing our new nation from 1789-1837. Students will examine the development of political parties, Jacksonian Democracy, and the growth of the new nation as they contribute to an emerging American identity.
8CUSH5Expansion of the United States
This unit focuses on the political, social and economic changes that occurred as the new nation continued to grow. These changes include the growth of industry, sectionalism, and expansion of the United States, including the impact on Native American tribes and the effects of immigration.
8CUSH6Civil War and Reconstruction
This unit focuses on the years preceding the Civil War, including the causes of the war. Students will examine the course of the war and analyze the short-term and long-term effects of the war. Students will analyze the social, political and economic impact of the war as they examine the period of Reconstruction after the war.