Integrated History

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Unit 1, Framework of our Nation- September 17, 1789, the Constitution of the United States was ratified and provided the framework of our government and rights to its citizens.  Every year, on September 17, we honor this event by teaching the relevance of the Constitution (since the 17th is a Saturday this year, Constitution Day will be observed this year on the 16th).  We will analyze the Constitution as a living document and guidance for our nation.

Unit 2, The Ancient World & Trade- Throughout history, kingdoms and nations have sought to expand their boundaries for a variety of reasons. In this unit, we started with Rome and examined where our government and laws come from. Then we looked at why and how Rome expanded into one of the largest empires the world has seen; we also compared that with the Chinese empire and ancient Africa. Trade is a huge reason for growth, so we refreshed our knowledge of resources and how they have motivated growth over time.

Unit 3, The Middle Ages- The Medieval Era was a rough time for most people, but there were many developments we see today that hearken back to that time period, including classism in the U.S. and the birth of industriousness. We will also look at the acquisition and allocation of resources and the role that government plays in the process.

Unit 4, Industrialization- The motivation to discover, innovate, and invent carries on throughout history and leads us to the era of Industrialization in the U.S. We will also look more into the acquisition and allocation of resources and the role that our government plays in the process. We will also analyze the development of corruption in business and government, and people's responses to it.
 
Unit 5, Exploration & Imperialism- Empires grew rapidly due to the desire to learn about the world, developments in technology to explore, and the greed for land and resources. In this unit, students learn about the rise and fall of empires and how the U.S. participated. Students will also research a country and create a tourism brochure to inform others and entice people to want to explore the world themselves.

Unit 6, World War I- Competition is healthy, but too much competition can lead to...World War. In this unit, we examine what caused many nations of the world to become involved in the worst conflict to that point in history. We also look at the technological changes, as well as the diplomatic changes that came about because of WWI. Students will analyze primary and secondary resources, and maps to better understand how the world was changed, physically and mentally, because of the conflict.

Unit 7, Interwar Years (1920s & 30s)- Things were going good for a while; many nations struggled to rebuild after WWI, but other nations were celebrating victory and improved economic situations. In America, women got the vote! There was lots to celebrate. Then it all fell apart. Inflation of prices, devaluation of money, stock market crashing- all of this led to a worldwide financial crisis. Students will analyze graphs to see just how devastating economic depression can be, and think ahead to when they are adults and can contribute in a way that this part of history is not repeated.

Unit 8, World War II- As the world, and the U.S. entered WWII, there were many changes for the nations and people involved. It was a time of turmoil that ended in success for the Allies. Students will explore the events that led to the war and events that happened during the war, including the Holocaust. Students will then create a teaching poster that ensures the world will never forget all that happened.

Unit 9, New World Order- Post-War America saw prosperity, for most people, but it also brought uncertainty for some. Classes will examine the new modern age which included a strong economy and nuclear power, as well as worldwide response to new trade and new threats.