CHA3U1-American History

Course Description:


"It is the principal of rational discourse, of tolerant debate that this course is dedicated"   -Adapted from Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in American History


This course examines the development of American social, political, and economic structures from pre-colonization to the present day. Students will analyze the chronology of events and evaluate the roles played by specific individuals and groups throughout American history. Students will conduct research and analysis, and communicate, in a variety of ways, their knowledge and understanding of the country that is Canada’s closest neighbour and most important cultural influence and economic partner.


In this course, you will be expected to provide evidence that you can:


  1. Analyze the process of continuity and change in the context of key events in American History (e.g. “City upon a hill”, American Revolution, Jacksonian democracy, Civil War, American dream, chronology, cause and effect)


  1. Analyze the development and influence of the United States as a world power (e.g. Manifest Destiny, Truman doctrine, Cold War, Good Neighbour Policy)


  1. Analyze the interactions and interdependence of major groups and communities in the United States (e.g. Aboriginal issues, immigrant experiences, African-Americans, regional identity, non-conformists)


  1. Analyze the forces that have influenced American political, social and economic development (e.g. religion, women, capitalism, system of government, constitutional equality , industrialization)


  1. Assess how American social  and cultural identity has evolved and shaped the world (e.g. Peace Corps, multi-national corporations, Elvis Presley, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey)


  1. Develop literacy (e.g. historical literacy, historical inquiry process, critical thinking, use primary documents, communicate using a variety of styles and forms of expression