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Mr. Bucko - U.S. History Honors and Yearbook

"History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside." - John F. Kennedy


"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." - H.G. Wells

Welcome to U.S. History Honors

You will be looking at the American experience from the Constitution all the way up to today’s problems and conflicts. Through it all, you will keep in mind our year-long themes of: The fight for equality and The evolution of political participation.

Unit 1. Making Connections: The Nation’s Beginnings Through Reconstruction (August-September, apx. 3 weeks)

This unit will serve as a review of what you learned in your 8th grade history class. We will be paying special attention to the Enlightenment, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and surrounding debates, The expansion of the country westward, The Civil War, Reconstruction and the oncoming Industrial Revolution.

California History Standard

11.1 Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence.


Unit 2: Industrial Revolution (September-October, apx. 4 weeks)

In this unit we will look at the industrial revolution and the effects it had on migration and immigration. We will also look at religious ideals and how they changed America’s landscape. In this era of change we’ll see how America’s role as a world power took shape.

California History Standard

11.2 Students analyze the relationship among the rise of industrialization, large-scale rural-to-urban migration, and massive immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe.


11.3 Students analyze the role religion played in the founding of America, it’s lasting moral, social, and political impacts and issues regarding religious liberty.


Unit 3: World War I (November, apx 2 weeks)

United States foreign policy changes and leads us onto the world stage as we trace the path the to war. We will also see the effects of war at home in the U.S. and how it affected the rights of various groups looking for a say in government policy.

California History Standard

11.4 Students trace the rise of the United States to its role as a world power in the twentieth century.


Unit 4: The Jazz Age (November – December, apx 3 weeks)

Also known as the Roaring Twenties, we’ll look at this culturally rich, economically prosperous time in the U.S. and see that it also had a darker side, prohibition.

California History Standard

11.5 Students analyze the major policial, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920’s.


Unit 5: The Great Depression and the New Deal (December-January, apx, 4 weeks)

What happened? How did it come to this? How was it fixed? The stock market crashed completely, and people were broke and hungry.


California History Standard

11.6 Students analyze the different explanations for the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government.



Unit 6: World War II (January – February, apx. 4 weeks)

A game changer for the United States in terms of thinking and acting on a global scale. We will discuss the role the United States played in this war to end all wars and how those decisions lead to a new era of war and prosperity in the U.S.

California History Standard

11.7 Students analyze America’s participation in World War II.


Unit 7: The Cold War (February – March, apx. 4 weeks)

The end of World War II brought about another kind of war, this time to be fought between the United States and the USSR. We will discuss the reasons for mistrust between the two sides and look at its effects in the United States.

California History Standard

11.8 Students analyze the economic boom and social transformation of post World War II America.


11.9 Students analyze U.S. foreign policy since World War II


Unit 8: The Civil Rights Movement (March – April, apx. 3 weeks)

We will look at the various movements and figures that radically changed the way Americans thought about and dealt with race and ethnicity. We will simultaneously discuss the reasons why civil rights are still such a hot topic.

California History Standard

11.10 Students analyze the development of federal civil rights and voting rights.


Unit 9: Contemporary American Society (May, apx. 3 weeks)

From hippies and Vietnam to the Gulf War and the beginnings of a global society we will discuss many of the domestic and foreign policy issues leading us up to the present.

California History Standard

11.11 Students analyze the major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society.

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