U.S. History


Course Introduction: 

Students in grade eleven study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation's beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the tenth grade study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects. They trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. They learn that the United States has served as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents, but the results of a defined set of political principles that are not always basic to citizens of other countries. Students understand that our rights under the U.S. Constitution are a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry for their preservation and protection.

Course Syllabus


Course Objectives:

  • Students will achieve proficiency in meeting both the content and skill standards as outlined by both the district and state to the level of the UC/CSU A-G requirements.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in writing skills applicable to the study of history at the level prescribed by the State and District English Standards for 11th Grade.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in informational literacy and technology skills to include research skills, word processing and presentation software.

Mandated Educational Standards

Click on a link below to open up each set of standards in PDF format.


Semester One

Units Covered: Click on the menu items to the left to see the unit plans.


  • Unit I Unity and Division
  • Unit II Industry and Immigration
  • Unit III Rise as a World Power
  • Unit IV The progressive Era
  • Unit V WWI and the Roaring 20’s


Semester Two

Units Covered: Click on the menu items to the left to see the unit plans.

  • Unit VI The Great Depression and the New Deal
  • Unit VII WWII 
  • Unit VIII Capitalism vs Communism  
  • Unit IX The Civil Rights 
  • Unit X Era of Change 
  • Unit IX End of the New World Order




United States History: The 20th Century. Pearson. New York 2019. Print Edition. The online version with accessibility features like text to speech and translation is available through the Classlink app.


Google Classroom

I use Google Classroom for turning in all assignments. New assignments are posted with each unit and removed at the end of each unit. Google Classroom is available through the Classlink app.


Required Materials

These materials are required for participation in this course:

  • Personal Learning Device (Chromebook or laptop, phones do not count.) If you do not have one, please check with the library to receive one.
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to discuss topics in a civil and open-minded way *

*Agreeing with what you think I believe in gets you no brownie points, but articulating a well-reasoned argument from any political perspective based upon factual evidence does!



Grading will be based upon the categories listed below with an objective point system in each. Grades are automatically rounded up to the next grade, so what is indicated on the progress report is the final grade. 

Tests (35%)

A summative multiple-choice test will be given at the end of each unit and will be conducted in class.

Classwork (35%)

Classwork assignments are essential formative assignments to develop both content knowledge and skills. Time is given in class to complete all assignments and it is the student’s responsibility to finish assignments if not completed in class. These assignments are listed in and turned into google classroom and will include:

  • Chapter notes
  • Article responses
  • Online chapter quizzes 

Geography (10%)

Semester Projects (20%)


Grading Scale

A= 100-90%

B=  89-80%

C=  79-70% 

D=  69-50%

F=   49% and below

Grades are rounded to the nearest percent.

i.e 89.6% = A 89.5% = B

Grades are posted weekly and displayed on the web through Aries available through the school website at:  https://santarosacity.aeries.net/student/LoginParent.aspx