**Social Studies lessons should include a content standard and a skills standard.

The student will demonstrate skills for historical and geographical analysis and responsible citizenship, including the ability to: 

1a) identify, analyze, and interpret primary and secondary source documents, records, and data, including artifacts, diaries, letters, photographs, journals, newspapers, historical accounts, and art, to increase understanding of events and life in the United States; 

1b) evaluate the authenticity, authority, and credibility of sources; 

1c) formulate historical questions and defend findings, based on inquiry and interpretation; 

1d) develop perspectives of time and place, including the construction of maps and various timelines of events, periods, and personalities in American history; 

1e) communicate findings orally and in analytical essays or comprehensive papers; 

1f) develop skills in discussion, debate, and persuasive writing with respect to enduring issues and determine how divergent viewpoints have been addressed and reconciled; 

1g) apply geographic skills and reference sources to understand how relationships between humans and their environment have changed over time; 

1h) interpret the significance of excerpts from famous speeches and other documents; 

1i) identify the costs and benefits of specific choices made, including the consequences, both intended and unintended, of the decisions and how people and nations responded to positive and negative incentives.

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Relationship Building
(1 week)

Analysis and Citizenship
(throughout the course)
VUS.1 - Historical and Geographical Analysis and Responsible Citizenship

Early Exploration & Colonization in the New World
(3 weeks)
VUS.2 - European Exploration and Colonization
VUS.3 - European Economic and Political Life

American Revolution
(2 weeks)
VUS.4a - John Locke and Common Sense
VUS.4b - Ideals of the Declaration of Independence
VUS.4c - Political Differences Among the Colonists
VUS.4d - Colonial Victory in the Revolutionary War

Constitutional Era
(2 weeks)
VUS.5a - Origins of the U.S Constitution
VUS.5b - Major Compromises in the U.S Constitution
VUS.5c - Documents that Framed the Bill of Rights
VUS.5d - Federalists and Anti-Federalists
VUS.5e - John Marshall
VUS.6a - First Political Parties
BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT CUTOFF

Early National Period
(3 weeks)
VUS.6b - Territorial Expansion and its impact on the American Indians
VUS.6c - War of 1812
VUS.6d - Jacksonian Era

Civil War & Reconstruction
(3 weeks)
VUS.6e - Issues that Divided the Nation
VUS.7a - Causes of the Civil War
VUS.7b - Major Events and Roles of Key Leaders
VUS.7c - Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address
VUS.7d - Reconstruction
VUS.7e - Social impact of the war
VUS.7f - Postwar contributions of key leaders

Late 19th Century
(1-2 weeks)
VUS.8c - Prejudice and Discrimination after the Civil War
VUS.8a - American Growth and Expansion

Late 19th Century (cont.)
(1-2 weeks)
VUS.8b - Transformation of the American economy
VUS.8d - Progressive Movement

Global Interaction
(1 week)
VUS.9a - Changing policies towards Latin America and Asia
VUS.9b - World War I

1920s and 1930s
(2 weeks)
VUS.10a - Technology and literature's effect on culture in the 1920's and 1930's
VUS.10b - Stock Market Crash
VUS.10c - Causes and Impact of the Great Depression
VUS.10d - Great Depression and New Deal
BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT CUTOFF

World War II
(3 weeks)
VUS.11a - Causes and events that led to American involvement in World War II
VUS.11b - Major Battles and Turning Points of World War II
VUS.11c - Tuskegee Airmen and Nisei regiments
VUS.11d - Geneva Convention and treatment of prisoners of war
VUS.11e - The Holocaust

World War II Home-Front
(1 week)
VUS.12a - U.S mobilizing resources during World War II
VUS.12b - Women and minorities in the home front
VUS.12c - Internment of Japanese Americans
VUS.12d - Role of media and communications in World War II

Cold War
(4 weeks)
VUS.13a - United Nations and Marshall Plan
VUS.13b - Origins of the Cold War
VUS.13c - America's military and veterans during Cold War
VUS.13d - Collapse of Communism
VUS.13e - Foreign policy of presidents since 1988

Civil Rights Movement
(1 week)
VUS.14a - Supreme Court Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
VUS.14b - Major Organizations, Events, and Legislation of the Civil Rights Movement

Modern U.S
(1 week)
VUS.15a - Role of the Supreme Court
VUS.15b - American immigration
VUS.15c - Media and technological influence on contemporary American culture
VUS.15d - Reagan Revolution
VUS.15e - Role of government in the economy
VUS.15f - Role of the U.S in international terrorism

Review and Assessment for the previous 30 weeks.
(3-6 weeks depending on lost days and SOL schedule)

44 Days 35 Days 58 Days 43 Days
ELL 6-12 Standards