The standards for Virginia and United States History include the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. While focusing on political and economic history, the standards provide students with a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and Virginia history. Students will use historical and geographical analysis skills to explore in depth the events, people, and ideas that fostered our national identity and led to our country’s prominence in world affairs. The study of history must emphasize the intellectual skills required for responsible citizenship. Students will practice these skills as they extend their understanding of the essential knowledge defined by the standards for history and social science.
In this course, we will explore the foundations and development of the United States by examining the major themes, peoples, events, and ideas in American history. You will give one hundred percent of your effort on a daily basis. The pace of this class requires students to stay organized and on top of all assignments and class materials. At the end of this course, you will be required to take an S.O.L. test that covers all of the material you have been taught throughout the year. Students will be expected to analyze primary and secondary source materials, understand central issues from multiple perspectives and be able to effectively articulate their point-of- view in a debate (seek first to understand and then be understood), become better writers, and understand that the past is alive and relevant. Respect towards teachers and all classmates will be maintained by each student. Everyone should feel comfortable to ask questions and to state their own opinion. Disrespect to fellow students or teachers will not be tolerated. These expectations are a win-win for students, as meeting these expectations will result in their ultimate success in the class.