IB/AP US History II courses assume a mastery of the fundamentals of an historian, an understanding of the Vital Themes of History and the Historical Habits of the Mind that a historian uses in the pursuit of knowledge. Students will continue to practice identification of historical concepts, create answers to document based questions and reliance on primary source analysis. The focus of this course relies both on a chronological, as well as thematic approach to teaching American history from the Progressive Movement to the present. Assessment focuses on developing writing and reading skills and document based analytical skills, with the use of traditional assessments based on presentations, research based papers and projects, debates and a variety of other approaches.
The student will be able to:
Analyze various forms of documentary evidence with an emphasis on written document analysis.
Write a persuasive argument following accepted rules for historians.
Describe and Develop History’s Habits of the Mind and relate them to the skills that historians use.
Explain History’s Vital Themes and Narratives and describe their use in discovery of concepts.
Explain the steps to the research process and complete a research paper.
Draw conclusions form a variety of source materials.
Develop a discriminating Historical perspective.
Focus on Analysis and Interpretation of Historical Evidence.
The Emergence of Modern America (1880 to 1929)
Populism, Progressivism and Reform
Analysis of the economic, social and political impact of the Gilded Age on America