7th Grade Social Studies
US History, 1877 to Present

           

           

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The left column states the SOL, the middle column provides a website that addresses the SOL, and the right column lists downloadable activities for your students.

USII.1        USII.2        USII.3        USII.4        USII.5        USII.6        USII.7        USII.8     

SKILLS

USII.1    The student will demonstrate skills for historical and geographical analysis, including the ability to

a) analyze and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history from 1877 to the present;

●  Primary Sources from Digital History
  Avalon Project - Chronology of American History 1492
 
 
b) make connections between past and present;

  Archaeological Dig
 
c) sequence events in United States history from 1877 to the present;    
d) interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives;    
e) evaluate and debate issues orally and in writing;    
f) analyze and interpret maps that include major physical features;    
g) use parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude to describe hemispheric location;    
h) interpret patriotic slogans and excerpts from notable speeches and documents. ●  Primary Sources from Digital History
  Avalon Project - Chronology of American History 1492
 
Geography

USII.2 The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, and tables for

a) explaining how physical features and climate influenced the movement of people westward;

  Pioneer Farming
 
 
b) explaining relationships among natural resources, transportation, and industrial development after 1877;    
c) locating the 50 states and the cities most significant to the historical development of the United States.   State Web Games
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Reshaping the Nation and Emergence of Modern America:1877 to the Early 1900s

USII.3 The student will demonstrate knowledge of how life changed after the Civil War by

a) identifying the reasons for westward expansion;

  Growth of a Nation  Animated Atlas
  Manifest Destiny from Digital History
  The Oregon Trail Virtual Tour
  Anglo-Apache Conflicts  interactive map
 

b) explaining the reasons for the increase in immigration, growth of cities, new inventions, and challenges arising from this expansion;

  US Mint Time Machine San Francisco Earth quake (1906)
  1903 Wright Flyer  interactive
 
 
c) describing racial segregation, the rise of “Jim Crow,” and other constraints faced by African Americans in the post-Reconstruction South;   The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
 
 
d) explaining the rise of big business, the growth of industry, and life on American farms;   Cyberspace Farms
  Pioneer Farming
 
e) describing the impact of the Progressive Movement on child labor, working conditions, the rise of organized labor, women’s suffrage, and the temperance movement.   US Mint Time Machine Suffrage Era (1917)
 
 

Turmoil and Change: 1890s to 1945

USII.4 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by

a) explaining the reasons for and results of the Spanish American War;

   
b) explaining the reasons for the United States’ involvement in World War I and its leadership role at the conclusion of the war.    

USII.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, and technological changes of the early twentieth century by

a) explaining how developments in transportation (including the use of the automobile), communication, and rural electrification changed American life;

  Thomas Edison  American Memory - Inventing Entertainment
 
 
b) describing the social changes that took place, including prohibition, and the Great Migration north;    

c) examining art, literature, and music from the 1920s and 1930s, emphasizing Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and Georgia O’Keeffe and including the Harlem Renaissance;

  Musee McCord Museum
 
 
d) identifying the causes of the Great Depression, its impact on Americans, and the major features of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.    
USII.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the major causes and effects of American involvement in World War II

a) identifying the causes and events that led to American involvement in the war, including the attack on Pearl Harbor;

  Attack on Pearl Harbor  interactive
  The Bismarck interactive 
    Explore the Bismarck  interactive
 
b) describing the major events and turning points of the war in Europe and the Pacific;  
  National WWII Museum
  Interactive Map of Europe
  Interactive Map of Asia
 
c) describing the impact of World War II on the homefront.    

The Unites States since World War II

USII.7 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the economic, social, and political transformations of the United States and the world between the end of World War II and the present by

a) describing the rebuilding of Europe and Japan after World War II, the emergence of the United States as a superpower, and the establishment of the United Nations;

   
b) describing the conversion from a wartime to a peacetime economy;    
c) identifying the role of America’s military and veterans in defending freedom during the Cold War, including the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, the collapse of communism in Europe, and the rise of new challenges;    
d) describing the changing patterns of society, including expanded educational and economic opportunities for military veterans, women, and minorities.    
USII.8 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the key domestic issues during the second half of the twentieth century by

a) examining the Civil Rights Movement and the changing role of women;

   
b) describing the development of new technologies and their impact on American life.    

Assessments

     

Miscellaneous Social Studies

Grades 6-8 Social Studies Webquest Search Library of Congress - American Memory Don't Gross Out The World
Time Capsule

DIGITAL HISTORY

Digital History's Resources Guides for Everything Historical from 1763 to Current
US Geography Quizzes GeoNet Game The CIA's World Fact Book
Best of History Web Sites Time Machine from the US Mint Odyssey Online - Ancient Cultures
You Wouldn't Want To Be...   FactFinder Kids Corner - US Census Bureau
Biographical Dictionary    
Grades 6-8 Social Studies Webquest Search    
     
 

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Sixth Grade Social Studies Standards of Learning

US History to 1877

Skills

USII.1 The student will demonstrate skills for historical and geographical analysis, including the ability to

a) analyze and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history from 1877 to the present;

b) make connections between past and present;

c) sequence events in United States history from 1877 to the present;

d) interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives;

e) evaluate and debate issues orally and in writing;

f) analyze and interpret maps that include major physical features;

g) use parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude to describe hemispheric location;

h) interpret patriotic slogans and excerpts from notable speeches and documents.

Geography

USII.2 The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, and tables for

a) explaining how physical features and climate influenced the movement of people westward;

b) explaining relationships among natural resources, transportation, and industrial development after 1877;

c) locating the 50 states and the cities most significant to the historical development of the United States.

Reshaping the Nation and the Emergence of Modern America: 1877 to the Early 1900s

USII.3 The student will demonstrate knowledge of how life changed after the Civil War by

a) identifying the reasons for westward expansion;

b) explaining the reasons for the increase in immigration, growth of cities, new inventions, and challenges arising from this expansion;

c) describing racial segregation, the rise of “Jim Crow,” and other constraints faced by African Americans in the post-Reconstruction South;

d) explaining the rise of big business, the growth of industry, and life on American farms;

e) describing the impact of the Progressive Movement on child labor, working conditions, the rise of organized labor, women’s suffrage, and the temperance movement.

Turmoil and Change: 1890s to 1945

USII.4 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by

a) explaining the reasons for and results of the Spanish American War;

b) explaining the reasons for the United States’ involvement in World War I and its leadership role at the conclusion of the war.

USII.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the social, economic, and technological changes of the early twentieth century by

a) explaining how developments in transportation (including the use of the automobile), communication, and rural electrification changed American life;

b) describing the social changes that took place, including prohibition, and the Great Migration north;

c) examining art, literature, and music from the 1920s and 1930s, emphasizing Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and Georgia O’Keeffe and including the Harlem Renaissance;

d) identifying the causes of the Great Depression, its impact on Americans, and the major features of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

USII.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the major causes and effects of American involvement in World War II by

a) identifying the causes and events that led to American involvement in the war, including the attack on Pearl Harbor;

b) describing the major events and turning points of the war in Europe and the Pacific;

c) describing the impact of World War II on the homefront.

The United States since World War II

USII.7 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the economic, social, and political transformation of the United States and the world between the end of World War II and the present by

a) describing the rebuilding of Europe and Japan after World War II, the emergence of the United States as a superpower, and the establishment of the United Nations;

b) describing the conversion from a wartime to a peacetime economy;

c) identifying the role of America’s military and veterans in defending freedom during the Cold War, including the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, the collapse of communism in Europe, and the rise of new challenges;

d) describing the changing patterns of society, including expanded educational and economic opportunities for military veterans, women, and minorities.

USII.8 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the key domestic issues during the second half of the twentieth century by

a) examining the Civil Rights Movement and the changing role of women;

b) describing the development of new technologies and their impact on American life.  

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