Credit Recovery - American History A

Course Description

This course is a survey of American history from the pre-Columbian Era through the Civil War. During this course, students will examine the political, economic, and social development of the United States from the formation of the land bridge through the causes that led the nation to engage in a volatile civil war. Included in this course will be activities that will allow students to further explore such subject matter through discussions, and individual research.

Course Outline

Semester 1Orientation

Section 1 - American History: Introduction

Section 2 - Getting Started

Settling of the America’s (Pre-Columbian–1783)

Section 1 -  Pre-Columbian Era

Section 2 -  European Exploration and Colonization

Section 3 - The New England and Southern Colonies

Section 4 - The American Revolution

Section 5 - Exam Preparation

The Growing Nation (1777–1830)

Section 1 - Forming the New Republic

Section 2 - Expanding the Republic

Section 3 - Resistance, War, and Expansion

Section 4 - Settling the Western Frontier

Section 5 - Innovators and Inventions: The Course to Change

Section 6 - Exam Preparation

The Dividing Nation (1808–1850)

Section 1 - Divisions Among the Nation

Section 2 - Nationalism

Section 3 - Jacksonian Democracy and Beyond

Section 4 - America and Reform Movements

Section 5 - Exam Preparation

The Expanding Nation (1765–1849)

Section 1 - Immigration and Divisions

Section 2 - Spanish Influence in North America

Section 3 - Trails, Texas, and Beyond

The Nation Torn Apart (1844–1865)

Section 1 - Causes for Separation

Section 2 - The Decline of the Nation

Section 3 - The Civil War

Section 4 - Exam Preparation

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the causes that led to the growth and development of North America during the Pre-Columbian Era.
  2. Identify civilizations that existed within North America during the Pre-Columbian Era
  3. Describe the various motives that led to the foreign exploration and colonization of North America.
  4. Analyze the role of religion within the growth and development of the United States.
  5. Identify the causes and effects of the American Revolution.
  6. Explain the process of forming a government under the new nation.
  7. Analyze America’s foreign policy after the War of 1812.
  8. Explain the significance of the western frontier in American history.
  9. Compare and contrast the geographic, political, economic, and social differences that existed between the southern and northern regions of the United States prior to the Civil War.
  10. Identify the causes and effects of the Civil War.
  11. Discuss the evolving role of the Presidency from George Washington through Abraham Lincoln.
  12. Identify individuals that contributed to the growth and development of the United States within the fields of science, politics, economics, industry, literature, and society.