Beth Twenhafel


I am the social studies teacher for the Bravo Team at Mascoutah Middle School.

Class INformation


The purpose of the course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the development of the American Nation through analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students will be provided with an understanding of the Americas prior to European colonization, factors leading to colonization, effects of colonization and the development of and reasons behind the formation of the United States. The course will cover US History from the inception of the country through Reconstruction after the Civil War. Students will learn to think historically as they evaluate our country’s early history through utilization of critical thinking, primary sources, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

TEXT: Creating America: A History of the United States. 2005. McDougal Littell.


(this is for review- the text book is NOT online)


Semester 1: 1492-1791

  • The English Establish 13 Colonies
  • The Colonies Develop
  • Beginnings of an American Identity
  • The Road to Revolution
  • The American Revolution
  • Confederation to Constitution
  • United States Constitution
  • 2016 Election Coverage

Semester 2: 1789-1877

  • Launching a New Republic
  • The Jefferson Era
  • National and Regional Growth
  • The Age of Jackson
  • Manifest Destiny
  • A New Spirit of Change
  • The Nation Breaking Apart
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Illinois History & Government


  • Reading (for understanding and application – text and additional assigned readings)
  • In-class discussion
  • Group work
  • Homework (generally quizzes and paper evaluations)
  • Tests (formal assessments and alternative assessments)
  • Student presentations of material
  • Recitations
  • Vocabulary
  • Current events through CNN Student News