American History

 

Objectives:

        To understand major events in American history

        To gain knowledge of the origins and evolution of conflict in American history

        To increase knowledge and problem solving skills in the American history arena

        To increase vocabulary and reading comprehension for the GED or other educational goals

Outcomes:

        To complete a practice American History test

        To complete a practice Social Studies test

Warm-Up:

For a guide to the major conflict events in American history, click on each of the following links.  Be sure to follow the links at the bottom of each page by clicking on the waving American flag.

 

  1. A Nation in the Making:  The American Revolution (1775-1783) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/revwarcover.htm .

  2. Protecting the New Nation:  The War of 1812 (1812-1815) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/protectnationcover.html .

  3. An Expanding Nation:  The Struggle for Western Territory (1825-1890) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/expandingnationcover.htm .

  4. A Young Nation Divided:  The Civil War (1861-1865) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/civwarintro.htm .

  5. America as World Power:  The Spanish-American War (1898-1900) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/spanamerwar.htm .

  6. Allies in a Global Struggle:  America and World War I (1914-1918) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/wwIcover.htm .

  7. Economic Crisis at Home:  Between World Wars (1919-1941) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/betworldwars.htm .

  8. The Continuing Global Struggle:  America and World War II (1941-1945) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/wwIIcover.htm.

  9. A New Era at Home and Abroad:  America After World War II (1945-1958) -- Click here: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/afterwwII.htm.

New Instruction:

Now that you have seen an overview of American History, letís look at some events more closely. 

History Channel videos: 

Click here:  http://www.historychannel.com/broadband/.  Then   click on the link:  Browse videos by category.  This will connect you to the Video Clip Menu, giving you access to many short videos on American and World History.  View as many as possible, reading the story that accompanies each video.

 

History Channel speeches: 

Click here:  http://www.historychannel.com/speeches/archive1.html.  Listen to as many as possible, reading the story that accompanies each speech.

 

Timeline using dates, events, or people: 

Click here:  http://www.sbrowning.com/whowhatwhen/index.php.

Feedback and Review:

Smithsonian Institute -- Click here:  http://historywired.si.edu/index.html.  Read the instructions, and then begin the tour of the Smithsonian Institute.  Visit as many of the exhibits as possible, reading the story that accompanies each exhibit.

Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:

When you have completed the American History studies, you may want to take a practice test.

1.      American Revolution -- Click here:  http://www.quia.com/tq/320373.html.

2.      World War II -- Click here:  http://www.quia.com/rd/25345.html.

3.      American History 1 -- Click here: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/quiz/amhistory/1.html.

4.      American History 2 -- Click here: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/quiz/amhistory2/1.html.

5.      American History 3 -- Click here: http://www.factmonster.com/spot/quiz/amhistory3/1.html.

When you have completed all of the available instruction in the American History, World History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government, and Charts and Graphs areas, you are ready to take the practice tests.  Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/pilotproject/socialstudies/practicesocialstudiestests.htm

for Practice Social Studies Tests.

 Click here Fto return to Social Studies Homepage.