United States History & Government
History's importance rests with its usefulness. This course is designed for the student to analyze the ideas, people and events that have contributed to the growth of the United States. During this year long course students will have to analyze documents, write essays, present projects, and compare historical events to other events in history, other curriculums and to modern events. There is a Regents exam at the end of the year which accounts for 20% of the grade for the course. Students will have countless opportunities to apply the lessons from history into various aspects of their lives.
Key Units to Cover
Unit 1: The Constitution: The Foundation of American Society
Unit 2: The Constitution Tested: Nationalism and Sectionalism
Unit 3: The Reconstructed Nation
Unit 4: The Rise of American Business, Industry and Labor, 1865- 1920
Unit 5: Reform in America
Unit 6: Rise of American Power
Unit 7: Prosperity and Depression: 1920-1941
Unit 8: Peace in Peril: 1933-1950
Unit 9: The United States as a World Power: 1945-1975
Unit 10: Post- War Social Changes: “Power to the People”
Unit 11: The 1970s and 1980s
Unit 12: The 1990s to Today
There is a common Mid- Term given to all students in US History and Government classes.
The Final Exam is the New York State Regents Exam for US History and Government. It is comprised of 50 multiple choice questions, document based questions with an essay and a thematic essay. It counts for 20% of the students overall grade.
Available Student Resources
Text: United States History and Government published by McGraw- Hill
- www.regentsprep.org-contains practice questions and answers as well as links to other US History and Government related websites.
- www.nara.gov-Our government’s national archives loaded with primary documents.
- www.whitehouse.gov-Executive Branch Resource
- www.senate.gov-A resource to contact representatives and analyze legislative activities.
- www.house.gov-A resource to contact representatives and analyze legislative activities.
- www.si.edu-The official website for the Smithsonian Museum