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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for High School Social Studies


STAAR Blueprint &
Assessed Curriculum
for U.S. History

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U.S. History

Curriculum Documents

Please note:

  • 1st 6 Weeks
  • 2nd 6 Weeks
  • 3rd 6 Weeks
  • 4th 6 Weeks
  • 5th 6 Weeks
  • 6th 6 Weeks
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CONCEPT: Conflict -
The Civil War, Reconstruction, & the West

UNIT 1 TOPIC:
Civil War & Reconstruction

ARC 1: Road to Civil War

ARC 2: The Civil War

ARC 3: Reconstruction

ARC 4: Westward Expansion

 

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[Created by UT Professor Dr. Martha Norkunas and students at the University of Texas.
Items are packaged in an Adobe Portolio, use Acrobat 9.0 or higher to open]

 

Concept: Innovation -
The Gilded Age

UNIT 1 TOPIC:
The Gilded Age

ARC 1: The Rise of Industry

ARC 2: The Labor Movement

ARC 3: Urbanization & Immigration

ARC 4: Politics & Reform

 

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[Teaching Project & Lesson Plans Developed by Participants in a Teaching American History Grant project]

- Lesson authored by Melissa M. Allen, TCSS 2008 High School Teacher of the Year, published in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of The Social Studies Texan.

 

CONCEPT: Ethics, Values, & Beliefs -
Civic Engagement

UNIT TOPIC:
Celebrate Freedom Week / Constitution Day


ARC 1: Celebrate Freedom Week / Constitution Day

 

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Constitution Day / Celebrate Freedom Week directory of resources

 

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CONCEPT: Reform -
The Progressive Era

UNIT 1 TOPIC: The Progressive Era

2012-13 Model Lesson: The Progressive Era (Arcs 1 and 2 Lessons)

ARC 1: Progressive Reforms

ARC 2: Progressives on the National Stage

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CONCEPT: Conflict -
Imperialism, World War I, and the Roaring Twenties

UNIT 2 TOPIC: Age of Imperialism

ARC 1: America Expands Beyond Its Borders

ARC 2: The Spanish-American War

ARC 3: America's Influence on the World Stage

 

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Imperialism and the Spanish American War
(Digital History - Interpreting Primary Documents)

 

UNIT 2 TOPIC: World War I

ARC 1: From Neutrality to War

ARC 2: World War I

ARC 3: The Treaty of Versailles

 

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UNIT 3 TOPIC: The Roaring Twenties

ARC 1: Post-war America

ARC 2: 1920s Culture

 

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CONCEPT: Crisis and Reform -
The Great Depression and the New Deal

UNIT 1 TOPIC: The Great Depression and the New Deal

ARC 1: The Great Depression

ARC 2: The New Deal

 

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CONCEPT: Confict -
World War II

UNIT 1 TOPIC: World War II

ARC 1: Causes of World War II

ARC 2: The Course of World War II

 

ARC 3: World War II on the Homefront

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CONCEPT: Conflict -
The Cold War

UNIT 1 TOPIC: The Cold War

ARC 1: Origins of the Cold War

ARC 2: Fighting the Cold War at Abroad

ARC 3: Fighting the Cold War At Home

 

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CONCEPT: Change -
The 1950s & 1960s

UNIT 2 TOPIC: 1950s America

ARC 1: Post-War Prosperity

ARC 2: Conformity and Rebellion

 

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UNIT 3 TOPIC: Protest and Reform

ARC 1: The African American Civil Rights Movement

ARC 2: The Expanding Movement for Civil Rights

ARC 3: 1960's Culture

 

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UNIT 3 TOPIC: 1960s Politics

ARC 1: The New Frontier

ARC 2: The Great Society

 

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Coverage of the 1950s and 1960s will extend from 4th and into the 5th Six Weeks
with the theme “Politics of Protest” eventually segueing into early forms of protest in America - namely the grievances of colonists, the Declaration of Independence, etc. - culminating in a full review of Early American History prior to TAKS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CONCEPT: Change -
The 1950s & 1960s [continued]

Coverage of the 1950s and 1960s extends from 4th and into the 5th Six Weeks
with the theme “Politics of Protest” eventually segueing into early forms of protest in America - namely the grievances of colonists, the Declaration of Independence, etc. - culminating in a full review of Early American History prior to TAKS.

 

UNIT 1 TOPIC: The Vietnam War

ARC 1: Causes of the Vietnam War

  • Lesson Portfolio: The United States Gets Involved in Vietnam
    [History Alive! Activity]

ARC 2: The Home Front During the Vietnam War

  • Lesson Portfolio: Writing Songs About the Vietnam War
    [History Alive! Activity]

ARC 3: Fighting the Vietnam War

  • Lesson Portfolio: Facing Frustration in Vietnam
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: Getting Out of Vietnam
    [History Alive! Activity]

 

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CONCEPT: Conflict -
Early American History Review

UNIT 1 TOPIC: Colonial and Revolutionary History

ARC 1: Discovery and Colonization

  • Lesson Portfolio: The Colonial Roots of America's Founding Ideals [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: Understanding the Differing Colonial Societies [History Alive! Activity]

ARC 2: Revolution and the Constitution

  • Lesson Portfolio: Americans Revolt
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: Creating the Constitution
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: An Enduring Plan of Government
    [History Alive! Activity]

ARC 3: The Early Nation & Antebellum Era

  • Lesson Portfolio: Illustrating Hamiltonian and Jeffersonian Ideals
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: Changes in a Young Nation
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: The United States Discovers its Manifest Destiny
    [History Alive! Activity]

 

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CONCEPT: Ethics -
The 1970s to the Present

UNIT 1 TOPIC: The 1970s

ARC 1: Seventies Society and Politics

  • Lesson Portfolio: Politics and Society in the ‘Me’ Decade
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: Understanding the Legacy of the Women’s Movement Through Oral History
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: The Rise and Fall of Richard Nixon
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: A Cartoon History of the Watergate Scandal
    [History Alive! Activity]

 

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[Photo story provided by Austin High teacher Melinda Lemke; M.Ed]

UNIT 2 TOPIC: The 1980s to the Present

ARC 1: Rise of Conservatism

  • Lesson Portfolio: A Shift to the Right Under Reagan
    [History Alive! Activity]

ARC 2: Foreign Policy Issues

  • Lesson Portfolio: Identifying U.S. Methods In the Late Cold War
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: Ending the Cold War
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era
    [History Alive! Activity]

ARC 3: Domestic Policy Issues

  • Lesson Portfolio: U.S. Domestic Politics at the Turn of the 21st Century
    [History Alive! Activity]
  • Lesson Portfolio: 9/11 and Its Aftermath: Debating America’s Founding Ideals
    [History Alive! Activity]

 

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