This collection of Open Educational Resources (OERs) has been curated by Curriki for all educators, parents, and students of history. It includes resources that span the scope and sequence of an American History course at the high school level. Each unit includes primary source documents, digital history files, GIS resources, audio and visual resources, and sites that include lesson plans ranging from America's conception to modern day.
Each resource has been selected for its value to understanding major topics in the discovery, development and growth of the United States. Students will be called upon to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources.
Use these units as a basis for your own US History curriculum or to supplement your existing curriculum. We are confident that you will find exciting new ways to help students make connections between events different time periods.
Unit 1: Colonial America Exploration and settlement in colonial America -Shaping of American society in different regions -Discovery-1760s
Unit 2: American Revolution The road to declaring independence -American Revolution -Formation of a new nation -1760s-1800
Unit 3: American Expansion and Sectionalism The new nation's political frameworks -Westward expansion -Growing sectionalism -Precursors to the Civil War
Unit 4: Civil War Civil War in America (1861-1865)
Unit 5: Reconstruction Reconstruction following American Civil War -1865-1877
Unit 6: New Frontiers Following American Reconstruction, this unit focuses on topics including industrialization and the Gilded Age, urbanization, and progressivism -1880-1920
Unit 7: Isolationist to World Power This unit focuses on the shift from American isolationism to involvement in World War I and subsequent status as a world power -1910s
Unit 8: Roaring 20s, Great Depression, New Deal This unit explores the 1920s and 1930s, as America experiences a booming economic period following the First World War, transitions into an economic depression, and attempts to alleviate the crisis through the implementation of the New Deal -1920s-1930s
Unit 9: World War II US involvement in WWII -1939-1945
Unit 10: Turbulent Decades Exploration of the years following World War II, including topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, Cold War, Vietnam, Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis -1950s-1970s
Unit 11: Modern America Contemporary issues in politics, economics, and popular culture -1980s-present day
Provides an introduction and overview of the Bill of Rights, including the Founders' understanding of the "rights of Englishmen," British law, and natural rights philosophy. This unit also examines the Federalist and Anti-Federalist debate about a bill of rights.