UNITED STATES HISTORY IIU.S. HISTORY II. OVERVIEWThe 11th grade full-year curriculum focuses on United States History in the 20th century, exploring the political, economic and social factors that have influenced the development of the United States as a participant in the global community.Students will explore the course using a thematic approach in each unit, which will incorporate a focus on the United States as a multiracial/multicultural society, a participant in a global economic, diplomatic and social environment, and an instrument for political and social evolution propelled by the evolving needs of individuals and groups in a democratic republic.Students will explore each unit through a variety of teaching methods and assessments aimed at the development of appropriate thinking, research and communication skills with an emphasis on documentary analysis and interpretation. This will allow students to gain understanding of the complex issues surrounding historical events and situations as they relate to the current global milieu.This junior level history course is the third in a three year sequence of college bound courses that is intended to help students develop the skills necessary to achieve success in high school studies, and ultimately in their post- graduate pursuits.The junior year research paper will be written in this course using a guided scaffolding approach to ensure each student's opportunity toward success on this assignment and the acquisition of this essential college readiness skill set.II. THEMES* THE PEOPLING OF THE UNITED STATES* THE UNITED STATES IN THE WORLD* TECHNOLOGY AND THE ECONOMY* SOCIAL CHANGE* EVOLVING DEMOCRACYII. RATIONALEThe United States History II social studies curriculum is designed to enable students to gain a better grasp of their country’s history and its responsibilities in the larger global community in which they live. This course provides students with an awareness and understanding of the way in which the development of the United States affects its domestic growth and its present role as a contributor to international progress. This course is the culmination of the required social studies program at Madison High School.