Early United States History
Students in this course study the ideas, issues and events from the Colonial period through the Gilded Age. After reviewing the development of America’s democratic institutions founded in the Judeo-Christian heritage and English parliamentary traditions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences as they led to the American Civil War and Reconstruction and the healing of the United States. The course concludes with the Gilded Age of America.
Moreover, this course will correlate with the five cognitive strategies of problem formation, research, interpretation, communication, and precision and accuracy, included within the framework of the newly-developed Common Core Standards and twenty first century skills. Furthermore, the course will also meet the expectations of the strategic plan for the Cranston Public Schools, most notably in regard to developing a diverse community of learners who work collaboratively as critical thinkers, as well as empowering students to acquire the resourcefulness which prepares learners for life role performances in a world of constant change and continuous discovery.