This collection of Open Educational Resources (OERs) has been curated by Curriki for all educators, parents, and students of history. It includes resources that span the scope and sequence of an American History course at the high school level.  Each unit includes primary source documents, digital history files, GIS resources, audio and visual resources, and sites that include lesson plans ranging from America's conception to modern day.      

Each resource has been selected for its value to understanding major topics in the discovery, development and growth of the United States. Students will be called upon to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information from primary and secondary sources.  

Use these units as a basis for your own US History curriculum or to supplement your existing curriculum. We are confident that you will find exciting new ways to help students make connections between events different time periods.

Unit 1: Colonial America  Exploration and settlement in colonial America -Shaping of American society in different regions -Discovery-1760s

Unit 2: American Revolution  The road to declaring independence -American Revolution -Formation of a new nation -1760s-1800

Unit 3: American Expansion and Sectionalism  The new nation's political frameworks -Westward expansion -Growing sectionalism -Precursors to the Civil War

Unit 4: Civil War  Civil War in America (1861-1865)

Unit 5: Reconstruction  Reconstruction following American Civil War -1865-1877

Unit 6: New Frontiers Following American Reconstruction, this unit focuses on topics including industrialization and the Gilded Age, urbanization, and progressivism -1880-1920

Unit 7: Isolationist to World Power This unit focuses on the shift from American isolationism to involvement in World War I and subsequent status as a world power -1910s

Unit 8: Roaring 20s, Great Depression, New Deal  This unit explores the 1920s and 1930s, as America experiences a booming economic period following the First World War, transitions into an economic depression, and attempts to alleviate the crisis through the implementation of the New Deal -1920s-1930s

Unit 9: World War II   US involvement in WWII -1939-1945

Unit 10: Turbulent Decades     Exploration of the years following World War II, including topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, Cold War, Vietnam, Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis -1950s-1970s

Unit 11: Modern America  Contemporary issues in politics, economics, and popular culture -1980s-present day

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This collection contains resources related to the exploration and settlement of colonial America, and includes information about Natives and interactions between Native and colonial populations, disputes including the Seven Years War, the shaping of American society in different regions, and religious and cultural developments specific to the era. (Discovery-1760s)
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This collection contains resources relating to the American Revolution, including information on the causes of the revolution, declaring independence, the revolution and its consequences, the foundation of American government, America's Founding Fathers, the Constitutional Convention, and the first party system. (1760s-1800)
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This collection contains resources spanning the period of American expansion and increasing sectionalism in the early and mid 1800s.  Material covers westward expansion and Manifest Destiny including the Louisiana Purchase, new political frameworks including those of Jefferson, Monroe, and Jackson, the War of 1812, new economies as a result of the market revolution and first industrial revolution, and growing sectionalism as a result of slavery.(1800-1860) 
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Unit 4: Civil War

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This collection contains resources about the Civil War in America, including information about the South's decision to secede, the war and its battles, Lincoln's role as a leader, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the war's conclusion.  (1861-1865)
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This collection contains resources related to Reconstruction, considering the social, political, and economic attempts to rebuild the nation following the American Civil War. (1865-1877)
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Unit 6: New Frontiers

by Amy Scheuer

This collection contains resources spanning the era following American Reconstruction, focusing on topics such as industrialization and the Gilded Age, urbanization, progressivism, transportation, and foreign policy related to Open Door, the Spanish-American War, and involvement in the Philippines. (1880-1920)
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This collection focuses on the shift from American isolationism to involvement in World War I and subsequent status as a world power, including resources related to Wilson and his foreign policy, America's entry into WWI, WWI, African Americans in WWI, and propaganda on the homefront during the war. (1910s)
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This unit explores the 1920s and 1930s, as America experiences a booming economic period following the first World War, transitions into an economic depression, and attempts to alleviate the crisis through the implementation of the New Deal.  Specifically, resources cover cultural advances of the 1920s, the  economic depression, the League of Nations, race relations and the NAACP, FDR's fireside chats and New Deal plans, and Eleanor Roosevelt's contribution to the New Deal. (1920s-1930s)
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Unit 9: World War II

by Amy Scheuer

This collection covers WWII, including resources relating to military strategies, Japanese Internment, Pearl Harbor, culture on the homefront, the Holocaust, technological advancements, and the war in different regions of the world. (1939-1945)
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This collection contains resources specific to the post war era, covering topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and cultural movements of the 1960s. (1950s-1970s)
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This collection contains resources covering contemporary issues in politics, economics, and popular culture, specifically covering the rise of America as a foreign policy, economic, and technological superpower, major contemporary wars and terrorism, and modern day cultural topics.   (1980s-present day)
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This collection includes resources that span the scope and sequence of an American History course at the high school level.  The collection includes primary source documents, digital history files, GIS resources, audio and visual resources, and sites that include lesson plans ranging from America's conception to modern day.      
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