United States History I Honors is a course that prepares students who are interested in enrolling in Advanced Placement US History 2 the following year. Offered to sophomores who have completed the World Cultures honors portfolio, United States History 1 Honors is intended to prepare students for college coursework as well as success on the Advanced Placement level. Because the course is heavily content-driven, students are expected to complete both long-term and short-term homework assignments that encourage them to learn material on their own, fostering independence and initiative. Tests and writing tasks closely mirror the Advanced Placement exam and these assessments will challenge students to conduct meaningful historical analysis.
Beginning with 17th-century British exploration, the course offers students an examination of the United States from a European colony to a continental world power at the turn of the 19th century. Its goal is to view American development through the examination of social movements, foreign policy decisions, and economic developments. The overarching themes for this course include the following: the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the way many Americans agitated to be included within the ideals; the American frontier/the West as a metaphor for economic opportunity; the economic growth of our nation from colonial mercantilism to Gilded Age industrialization that was fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit, technological innovation and labor (both enslaved and later free).
The following curriculum reflects our department’s belief that in the twenty-first century, our students need to be prepared to live as global citizens who need to acquire knowledge of the diverse people with whom they share this world. Moreover, as the world is experiencing a virtual revolution in information and communication technologies, MLHS students need to be trained to acquire and critically evaluate the abundance of information. That is why this curriculum stresses key “21st-Century Skills” in each unit.