United States History
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: October 2018
The United States began as an experiment in freedom and democracy. Since its establishment, the country and its people have endured social, political and economic revolutions. In this course, students will investigate the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from the end of the Civil War through today.
Students are asked to analyze and evaluate decisions made by political, business and military leaders. Emphasis is placed on connections between events of the past and present. This course also gives students the opportunity to conduct research and apply their learning to current, real-world problems.
Florida public school students are required to take the Florida End of Course (EOC) exam. Local school districts administer the EOC for all students within their school zone. FLVS does not offer the EOC. Students should contact their guidance counselors or school testing administrators for further information.
Access the site links below to view the Florida Department of Education description and standards:
Regular course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13379
Honors course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13328
Major Topics and Concepts
- Understanding the chronological order of historical events
- Understanding the connections between historical events
- Generating inferences around historical events
- Purpose and application of various maps
- Six Essential Elements of Geography
- Interpreting Primary and Secondary sources
- Civil War
- Westward Expansion
- Industrial Revolution
- Push and Pull Factors of Immigration
- Social Reform
- World War One
- The Roaring Twenties
- The Great Depression
- World War Two
- Cold War
- Korean War
- Vietnam War
- Civil Rights Movement
- The Millennium
- Florida History
Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***
***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.
To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.
Barbara Smith-Gillespie, Kate Ryder, Scott Jones, Valerie Shelton