The study of the history of the United States in Grade 10 takes students on a journey across five centuries of social, economic, geographic, and political developments in the United States. Students begin with the earliest discoveries on the North American continent and follow a chronological study of the major events, issues, movements, leaders, and groups of people of the United States through Reconstruction from both a national and an Alabama perspective. The content standards build on the foundation students gained in the study of the United States in Grades 5 and 6, as well as the study of world history in Grades 8 and 9, but require a more rigorous analysis. The content and level of rigor in the tenth-grade are developmentally appropriate; having more fully developed skills in abstract reasoning, students are now able to compare, analyze, and explain events, developments, and themes in United States History. In order to provide a classroom environment tha t encourages all students to reach their potential, teachers employ various methods of instruction to facilitate students’ inquisitive pursuit of knowledge about the United States.
The United States History courses in grades 10 and 11 are built around the overarching organizational structure of Eight Themes of United States History: freedom, equality, individualism, democracy, mission and nationalism, social mobility, cultural assimilation, and middle landscape. The evolution and articulation of these themes is a major historical, economic, cultural, and social thread through the progress of American life. These themes culminate in the study of Economics and United States Government in Grade 12. It is, therefore, our intent to use these themes as a common denominator to create continuity for the students in their social studies courses in Grades 10, 11, and 12.