Greetings Scholars!
On my page, you will find information to continue your scholastic journey. I miss all of you and I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! I have posted an optional learning schedule to get your educational line up organized on my Files and Documents Tab.I will be posting learning materials for our last two units of the year: Westward Movement and the Civil War. 

Expansion and Reform: 1801 to 1861

USI.8      The student will demonstrate knowledge of westward expansion and reform in America from 1801 to 1861 by

a)   describing territorial expansion and how it affected the political map of the United States, with emphasis on the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the acquisitions of Florida, Texas, Oregon, and California;

b)   identifying the geographic and economic factors that influenced the westward movement of settlers;

c)   describing the impact of inventions, including the cotton gin, the reaper, the steamboat, and the steam locomotive, on life in America;

d)   identifying the main ideas of the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements.

Civil War: 1861 to 1865
USI.9      The  student will demonstrate knowledge of the causes, major events, and effects of the Civil War by

a)   describing the cultural, economic, and constitutional issues that divided the nation;

b)   explaining how the issues of states’ rights and slavery increased sectional tensions;

c)   identifying on a map the states that seceded from the Union and those that remained in the Union;

d)   describing the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Frederick Douglass in events leading to and during the war;

e)   using maps to explain critical developments in the war, including major battles;

f)   describing the effects of war from the perspectives of Union and Confederate soldiers (including African American soldiers), women, and enslaved African Americans.

If you have any questions please contact me at jensenne@pwcs.org.
 A good, fun, interactive site to use during this time is Brainpop. Please go to the tab that reads: FREE family access and make your account. There you can review content we have already covered and gain entrance into Westward Movement and Civil War modules. Additionally, use Solpass.org to familiarize yourself with past units and to proceed to our last units: 
Westward Movement and Civil War modules. Make sure to click on the icon that reads: U.S. History to 1865(Grade 5 or 6). The tab for Westward Movement says Expansion. Please check my Files and Document page for uploaded Curriculum as well. Log into Five Ponds Press(our textbook) the link is located on my useful links page and start reading Chapter 7: Pushing West; page 122 - page 144.     




Welcome to:

United States History to 1865

Students will use skills for historical and geographical analysis to explore the early history of the United States and understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. The standards for this course relate to the history of the United States from pre-Columbian times until 1865. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history in chronological sequence and learn about change and continuity in our history. They also will study documents and speeches that laid the foundation for American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country’s history through the use of primary and secondary sources.

The study of history must emphasize the intellectual skills required for responsible citizenship. Students will practice these skills as they extend their understanding of the essential knowledge defined by all of the standards for history and social science.


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