American History 2 Course Overview

American History Course II will guide students from the late nineteenth century time period through the early 21st century. Students will examine the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to present times. The essential standards of American History Course II will trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. The desired outcome of this course is for students to develop an understanding of the cause and effect relationship between past and present events, recognize patterns of interactions, and understand the impact of events on the United States in an interconnected world.

Textbook: The Americans, Holt McDougal, 2012. We use an online version of the text. Students will go to . The username is  and the password is . This is also posted on my website.

Teaching Resources: Textbooks, workbooks, NCDPI, AP Central, United Streaming, SAS Curriculum Pathways, audio recordings, music, primary sources, online resources, and Khan Academy.

Assessments (Formative, Benchmarks, Summative): Unit tests, quizzes, presentations, group projects, daily reviews, writing prompts, investigation, and analysis of primary documents, answering essential questions, research, DBQs, Study Island, ClassScape, scavenger hunts, SAS Curriculum Pathways, and Khan Academy.


Unit 4-Migration and Industrialization, 1877-1914 15 days

(Chapters 13-16) pp. 406-506

Unit 5-Modern America Emerges, 1890-1920 13 days

(Chapters 17-19) pp. 510-613

Unit 6-The 1920s and the Great Depression, 1919-1940 15 days

(Chapters 20-23) pp. 616-728

Unit 7-World War II and Its Aftermath, 1931-1960 15 days

(Chapters 24-27) pp.732-870

Unit 8-Living with Great Turmoil, 1954-1975 15 days

(Chapters 28-31) pp. 874-994

Unit 9-Passage to a New Century, 1968-Present 12 days

(Chapters 32-34) pp. 998-1122 For a more detailed syllabus and daily lesson plans, please visit my Google Classroom which was given to students on the first day of class. Thank you!