U.S. History

Course Focus

USH.1 Identify SDA Christian principles and values in correlation with social studies.
USH.1.1 Recognize God’s purpose in the dynamics of human history.
USH.1.2 Explore God’s role in the political, social, economic, and spiritual areas of societies.
USH.1.3 Apply Biblical principles of Christian morality, integrity, and ethical behavior to all aspects of life.
USH.1.4 Equip students with a Christian approach toward social issues.

Course Abilities

USH.2 Develop abilities in social studies.
USH.2.1 Develop critical and creative thinking skills (research, analysis, evaluation, correlation).
USH.2.2 Utilize the principles and methodologies of cooperative learning (benefiting from others’ experiences).
USH.2.3 Develop effective communication skills (speaking, writing, listening, debating, using technology, etc.).
USH.3 Be able to apply social studies knowledge and skills.
USH.3.1 Read, research, analyze, write, and present using primary, secondary, and technological sources.
USH.3.2 Identify key concepts and themes.
USH.3.3 Demonstrate an appreciation of life through diverse perspectives.
USH.3.4 Correlate relevant concepts from past to present.

Course Content

USH.4 Be able to conduct historical inquiry and analysis to develop an understanding of past and current events.
USH.4.1 Evaluate God’s continuous role in the dynamics of United States history.
USH.4.2 Study the factors that led to the founding of the United States.
USH.4.3 Identify key people and events.
USH.4.4 Examine the origins and influence of ideas (social, religious/SDA, philosophical, political, etc.).
USH.4.5 Distinguish key domestic and foreign conflicts/resolutions and their causes/effects (wars, racial conflicts, economic turmoil, social unrest, etc.).
USH.4.6 Synthesize the influence of significant historic documents that impact the framework of the nation.
USH.5 Be able to understand the flow of time and events, including God’s involvement and biblical prophecy.
USH.5.1 Trace the logical progression of historical events and the United States’ role in prophecy.
USH.5.2 Form valid generalizations about various eras in United States history.
USH.5.3 Relate key influences and themes to past, present, and possible future events.
USH.6 Be able to utilize various literacy skills for interpreting historical data.
USH.6.1 Exhibit appropriate skills for interpreting maps, charts, graphs, etc.
USH.6.2 Select, validate, and effectively use a variety of sources to formulate a position or course of action on an issue.
USH.6.3 Identify bias in written, oral, or visual material.
USH.6.4 Communicate information logically using basic language arts skills.
USH.7 Be able to recognize the significant role and contributions of the nation’s diverse cultures.
USH.7.1 Understand the influence of geography on regional culture.
USH.7.2 Examine the roots of cultural conflict and the nation’s treatment of ethnic groups.
USH.7.3 Differentiate between myths and facts related to prejudicial notions.
USH.7.4 Develop an appreciation for diversity through an exposure to various cultures.
USH.7.5 Recognize an individual role in fostering the strength of cultural diversity.
USH.8 Be able to assess and integrate the impact of historical themes into practical applications.
USH.8.1 Evaluate trends and their influence on the United States (immigration, environmentalism, pop culture, etc.).
USH.8.2 Analyze examples of how the arts reflect the history of the nation’s diverse cultures.
USH.8.3 Analyze the evolution of innovations in science, technology, industry, and economics.
USH.8.4 Trace the rise of the United States to its role as a world power.
USH.8.5 Reevaluate information in light of new insights and discoveries.