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US History

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Program of Studies

Big Idea | Academic Expectations | Enduring Knowledge - Understandings | Skills and Concepts | Curriculum Frameworks



BCHS Documents

Enduring Understandings & Essential Questions | Content Tracking Form | Common Assessment | Word Bank | PLC Work


Core Content for Assessment


Multiple Choice




The Factual & Interpretative Nature of History


SS-HS-5.1.1 - Master

Students will use a variety of tools (e.g., primary and secondary sources, data, artifacts) to analyze perceptions and perspectives (e.g., gender, race, region, ethnic group, nationality, age, economic status, religion, politics, geographic factors) of people and historical events in the modern world (1500 A.D. to present) and United States History (Reconstruction to present).





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SS-HS-5.1.2  - Master

Students will analyze how history is a series of connected events shaped by multiple cause and effect relationships, tying past to present.






The History of the United States


SS-HS-5.2.1 - Master

Students will compare and contrast the ways in which various Reconsruction plans were approached and evaluate the outcomes of Reconstruction.

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SS-HS-5.2.2 - Master

Students will explain how the rise of big business, factories, mechanized farming, and the labor movement impacted the lives of Americans.






SS-HS-5.2.3 - Master

Students will explain the impact of massive immigration (e.g., new social patterns, conflicts in ideas about national unity amid growing cultural diversity) after the Civil War.






SS-HS-5.2.4 - Master

Students will explain and evaluate the impact of significant social, political, and economic changes during the Progressive Movement (e.g., industrial capitalism, urbanization, political corruption, initiation of reforms) World War I (e.g., imperialism to isolationism, nationalism), and the Twenties (e.g., economic prosperity, consumerism, women's suffrage).






SS-HS-5.2.5 - Master

Students will evaluate how the Great Depression, New Deal policies, and World War II transformed America socially and politically at home (e.g., stock market crash, relief, recovery, reform initiatives, increased role of government in business, influx of women into workforce, rationing) and reshaped its role in world affairs (e.g., emergence of U.S. as economic and political superpower).





SS-HS-5.2.6 - Master

Students will explain and give examples of how after World War II, America experienced economic growth (e.g., suburban growth), struggles for racial and gender equality (e.g., Civil Rights Movement), the extension of civil liberties (e.g., desegregation, Civil Rights Acts), and conflict over political issues (e.g., McCarthyismm, U.S. involvement in Vietnam).

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SS-HS-5.2.7 - Master

Students will analyze how the United States participates in the global community to maintain and restore world peace (e.g., League of Nations, United Nations, Cold War politics, Persian Gulf War) and evaluate the impact of these efforts.


Formation of Governments        

SS-HS-1.1.2 - Reinforce

Students will explain and give examples of how democratic governments preserve and protect the rights and liberties of their constituents through different sources (e.g., U.N. Charter, Declaration of the Rights of Man, U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, U.S. Constitution).

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Constitutional Principles        

SS-HS-1.2.1 - Reinforce

Students will analyze how powers of government are distributed and shared among levels and branches and evaluate how this distribution of powers protects the "common good" (e.g., Congress legislates on behalf of the people; the President represents the people as a nation; the Supreme Courts acts on behalf of the people as a whole when it interprets the Constitution.


Elements of Culture        

SS-HS-2.1.1 - Master

Students will explain how belief systems, knowledge, technology and behavior patterns define cultures and help to explain historical perspectives and events in the modern world (1500 AD to present) and United States (Reconstruction to present)


Interactions Among Individuals and Groups        

SS-HS-2.3.1 - Master

Students will explain the reasons why conflict and competition (e.g., violence, difference of opinion, stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, genocide) may develop as cultures emerge in the modern world (1500 AD to present) and the United States (Reconstruction to present).



SS-HS-2.3.2 - Master

Students will explain and give examples of how compromise and cooperation are characteristics the influence interaction (e.g., peace studies, treaties, conflict resolution) in the modern world (1500 AD to present) and the United States (Reconstruction to present).



SS-HS-3.1.1 - Master

Students will give examples of and explain how scarcity of resources necessitates choices at both the personal and societal levels in the modern world (1500 AD to present) and the United States (Reconstruction to present) and explain the impact of those choices.



Economic Systems & Institutions


SS-HS-3.2.3 - Master

Students will explain how, in a free enterprise system, individuals attempts to maximize their profits based on their role in the economy (e.g., producers try to maximize resources, entrepreneurs try to maximize profits, workers try to maximize income, savers and investors try to maximize return).



SS-HS-3.3.1 - Master

Students will explain and give examples of how numerous factors influence the supply and demand of products (e.g., supply--technology, cost of inpus, number of sellers: demand--income, utility, price of similar products, consumers' preferences).



Production, Distribution, & Consumption


SS-HS-3.4.1 - Master

Students will analyze the changing relationships among business, labor and government (e.g., unions, anti-trust laws, tariff policy, price controls, subsidies, tax incentives) and how each has affected production, distribution and consumption in the United States or the world.



SS-HS-3.4.3 - Master

Students will explain and give examples of how interdependence of personal, national andinternational economic activities often results in international issues and concerns (e.g., natural resource dependencies, economic sanctions, environmental and humanitarian issues) in the modern world (1500 to present) and the United States (Reconstruction to present).


Use of Geographic Tools        

SS-HS-4.1.1 - Reinforce

Students will use a variety of geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, photographs, models, satellite images, charts, graphs, databases) to explain and analyze the reasons for the distribution of physical and human features on Earth's surface.

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HS-SS-4.3.1 - Reinforce

Students will describe the movement and settlement patterns of people in various places and analyze the causes of that movement and settlement (e.g., push factors such as famines or military conflicts; pull factors such as climate or economic opportunity) and the impacts in the modern world (1500 A.D. to present) and United States (Reconstruction to present).

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