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Grade 11 Social Studies

American History

What we do:

This course examines the major turning points in American history beginning with the events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier, the changing nature of business and government, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the growth of the United States as a world power, the Cold War and the struggle to achieve class, ethnic, racial, and gender equality. The course extends to the modern day. Contemporary world issues such as globalization, economic interdependence, terrorism and world cultures will also factor into our analysis of international conflict and cooperation

How we do it:

Direct Instruction

  • Structured Overview
  • Lecture
  • Drill and Practice
  • Didactic Questions

Indirect Instruction

  • Case Studies
  • Reading for Meaning
  • Reflective Discussion
  • Writing to Inform

Experimental Learning

  • Narratives
  • Simulations
  • Games
  • Storytelling
  • Focused Imaging

Independent Study

  • Essays
  • Computer Assisted Instruction
  • Learning Activity Packages
  • Assigned Questions

Interactive Instruction

  • Peer Partner Learning
  • Discussion
  • Think, Pair, Share
  • Cooperative Learning

Instructional Skills

  • Explaining
  • Questioning
  • Wait Time


  • Alternative Assessments
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Guided Reading and Thinking
  • Picture Word Inductive Model
  • Story Mapping