American History I Course

Detailed Table of Contents

UNIT 1: GETTING TO KNOW THE UNITED STATES

Introduction

Lesson 1.1 - The United States ‐ Its Oceans, Rivers, and Lakes

  • Essential Question
  • The Location of the United States
  • Hemispheres and Continents
  • The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
  • Rivers of the United States
  • Missouri River
  • Mississippi River
  • The Great Lakes
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading Directions on a Map
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 1.2 - Landforms and Climates of the United States

  • Essential Question
  • Kinds of Landforms
  • Plains and Lowlands
  • Central Lowlands
  • The Great Plains
  • Appalachian Mountains
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Continental Divide
  • The Tallest Mountains
  • Pacific Mountains
  • Climates
  • Precipitation
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading an Elevation Map
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 1.3 - A Nation with Fifty States

  • Essential Question
  • Fifty Different States
  • One United Nation
  • Liberty and Freedom
  • Forty‐eight Contiguous States
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Natural Resources of the United States
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Chart
    • Reading Primary Sources
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 1.4 - Regions of the United States

  • Essential Question
  • What is a region?
  • The Northeast
  • The Southeast
  • The Midwest
  • The Southwest
  • The West
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a regional map
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 1.5 - Canada: Northern Neighbor of the United States

  • Essential Question
  • Two Friendly Neighbors
  • Similarities between the United States and Canada
  • Differences between the United States and Canada
  • Canada's Government
  • Canada's History
  • Canada's Geography
  • French and English Cultures
  • Sports in Canada
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 1.6 - Southern Neighbors of the United States

  • Essential Question
  • What is Latin America?
  • Physical Features of Latin America
  • Mexico: Our Closest Southern Neighbor
  • Mexico's History and People
  • Mexican Government
  • Mexico's Landforms
  • Mexico City
  • Mexico's Resources, Industries, and Culture
  • A Developing Country
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Using a Distance Scale
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

UNIT 2: NATIVE PEOPLE OF THE AMERICAS BEFORE 1492

Introduction

Lesson 2.1 - The Earliest People in America

  • Essential Question
  • Before the First People Came to America
  • The First People in the Western Hemisphere
  • Studying the Past
  • Archaeologists and Anthropologists
  • The Bering Land Bridge
  • How Natives Used Their Resources
  • Hunters and Gatherers
  • The Beginning of Agriculture
  • Adapting to the Environment
  • Challenges for Native Americans
  • Changes After 1492
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Using Geography Themes: Movement
    • Finding the Main Idea
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 2.2 - North American Natives Near the Pacific Ocean

  • Essential Question
  • The Pacific Northwest
  • Finding Food in the Pacific Northwest
  • Acorns: A Source of Food
  • Northwest Houses
  • Totem Poles
  • Canoes and Clothing
  • Social Status
  • Potlatches
  • Chumash People
  • Chumash Houses and Canoes
  • Chumash Food
  • Villages and Beliefs
  • Art and Money
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Bar Graph
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 2.3 - Native Americans of the Southwest

  • Essential Question
  • Challenges of the Southwestern Desert
  • The Four Corners
  • Anasazi Agriculture and Homes
  • The End of the Anasazi
  • The Pueblo People: Hopi
  • Hopi Houses and Villages
  • Hopi Food and Tools
  • Hopi Culture and Religion
  • The Navajo Tribe
  • A Changing Way of Life
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Making Inferences
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 2.4 - Native Americans of the Great Plains

  • Essential Question
  • The Great Plains: A Huge, Challenging Region
  • Buffalo on the Great Plains
  • Permanent Villages and Earth Lodges
  • Buffalo Hunting and Buffalo Food
  • Tepees
  • Using Every Part of a Buffalo
  • Religion
  • Family Life
  • During the 1500s
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Understanding Cause and Effect
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 2.5 - Native Americans East of the Mississippi River

  • Essential Question
  • The Eastern Woodlands
  • The Mound Builders
  • The Adena and Hopewell People
  • The City of Cahokia
  • The Iroquois and Longhouses
  • The Iroquois Confederacy
  • Iroquois Food and Clothing
  • Iroquois Use of Resources
  • Iroquois Customs and Wampum
  • The Cherokee Tribe
  • Cherokee Food
  • Cherokee Customs
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Chart on the Mound Builders
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 2.6 - The Olmecs, Mayas, and Aztecs

  • Essential Question
  • Early People of Mexico and Central America
  • The Olmecs
  • The Mayan Civilization
  • The Mayan City of Tikal
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Mayan Way of Life
  • Mayan Architecture and Religion
  • The Decline of the Mayas
  • The Aztec People
  • The Valley of Mexico and Tenochtitlan
  • Aztec Family and Food
  • Aztec Religion
  • The End of the Aztec Empire
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Classifying Information
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

UNIT 3: EXPLORATION OF AMERICA

Introduction

Lesson 3.1 - Europeans Become Explorers

  • Essential Question
  • The Need for Trade with Asia
  • The Difficult Trip to Asia
  • The Silk Road
  • Marco Polo: An Early Explorer
  • Ottoman Turks
  • Reasons for the Age of Exploration after 1400
  • The Age of Exploration
  • Prince Henry the Navigator
  • Portuguese Exploration Before 1500
  • The Cape of Good Hope
  • Sailing Around Africa to Asia
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Time Line
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 3.2 - Christopher Columbus and Other Early Explorers of America

  • Essential Question
  • Leif Eriksson and the Vikings
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Planning a Route to Asia
  • Help from Spain
  • Columbus’ First Voyage
  • More Voyages
  • The Treaty of Tordesillas
  • John Cabot Explores for England
  • America Gets its Name
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Primary Source: The Log of Christopher Columbus
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

UNIT 3: EXPLORATION OF AMERICA (continued)

Lesson 3.3 - Spanish Exploration of America

  • Essential Question
  • Vasco Nunez de Balboa
  • Ponce de Leon
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Hernan Cortes
  • The Inca Empire
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Narváez and Estevanico
  • Hernando de Soto and Francisco Coronado
  • Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and New Spain
  • The Columbian Exchange
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Primary Source: Bartolome de Las Casas
  • Sequencing Events
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 3.4 - The French and Other Explorers

  • Essential Question
  • Northwest Passage
  • Giovanni da Verrazzano
  • Jacques Cartier
  • The Fur Trade
  • Samuel de Champlain
  • French Exploration of the Mississippi River
  • Louisiana
  • Henry Hudson Explores for the Netherland
  • Henry Hudson Explores for England
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reviewing Cause and Effect
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

UNIT 4: EUROPEAN COLONIES IN NORTH AMERICA

Introduction

Lesson 4.1 - Early European Settlements in North America

  • Essential Question
  • The First Spanish Settlement in North America
  • The Spanish Build St. Augustine
  • Spanish Missions in North America
  • French Settlers in North America
  • Challenges Facing New France
  • The Dutch and the New Netherland Colony
  • The “Lost Colony”
  • A Second Colony at Roanoke
  • More Colonies for England
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading Skills: Understanding Problems and Solutions in Texts
    • Reading a Primary Source: A Letter by Father Junipero Serra
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 4.2 - The First English Settlements

  • Essential Question
  • Why Would People Settle in North America?
  • The Virginia Company and Jamestown
  • Problems at Jamestown
  • Success at Jamestown
  • Pilgrims
  • The Mayflower and the Mayflower Compact
  • The Plymouth Colony
  • Native Americans Save the Plymouth Colony
  • The Puritans
  • The Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Roger Williams and Providence, Rhode Island
  • More Colonies in America
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Biography Reading Skills: Roger Williams
    • Reading a Line Graph
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 4.3 - More Colonies for England

  • Essential Question
  • Lord Baltimore
  • The Maryland Colony
  • The Carolinas
  • New Netherland Becomes New York
  • William Penn
  • The Pennsylvania Colony
  • James Oglethorpe
  • The Georgia Colony
  • Mercantilism
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Primary Source: William Penn’s Letter to Delaware Native Americans
    • Reading a Bar Graph
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 4.4 - African Americans in the Thirteen Colonies

  • Essential Question
  • Slavery in America
  • The Empires of West Africa
  • Portugal and Spain Start African slavery
  • The Slave Trade
  • Indentured Servants
  • The Triangular Trade Routes
  • The Middle Passage
  • Slavery in the Thirteen Colonies
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Primary Source: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Equiano Olaudah
    • Critical Thinking Skills: Identifying Cause and Effect
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 4.5 - Three Groups of Colonies

  • Essential Question
  • Reasons for Settling in the Thirteen Colonies
  • The New England Colonies
  • The Middle Colonies
  • The Southern Colonies
  • Native Americans in the Thirteen Colonies
  • King Philip’s War
  • Family Life in the Colonies
  • Colonial Government and Democracy
  • The Great Awakening
  • The Thirteen Colonies and England
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Historical Map of the Thirteen Colonies
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

UNIT 5: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Introduction

Lesson 5.1 - The French and Indian War

  • Essential Question
  • England and France in North America
  • Act of Union in 1707
  • Growth in the American Colonies
  • Conflict between France and Great Britain
  • The Start of the French and Indian War
  • Early Years of the French and Indian War
  • The Battle for Quebec
  • Treaty of Paris
  • Results of the French and Indian War
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Critical Thinking Skills: Identifying Cause and Effect
    • Building Geography Skills: Reading a Historical Map
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 5.2 - Colonies Become Unhappy

  • Essential Question
  • Changes after the French and Indian War
  • A New King
  • Pontiac’s Rebellion
  • Proclamation of 1763
  • Trade between Great Britain and the Thirteen Colonies
  • Sugar Act and Stamp Act
  • The Colonies Begin to Protest
  • More Problems with Great Britain
  • Townshend Acts
  • Boston Massacre
  • After the Boston Massacre
  • Boston Tea Party
  • The Intolerable Acts
  • First Continental Congress
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Reading a Primary Source: George Hewes ‐ An Eyewitness at the Boston Tea Party
    • Building Geography Skills: Understanding Geography Themes: Location‐Boston
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 5.3 - Declaring Independence

  • Essential Question
  • Problems after the First Continental Congress
  • Paul Revere’s Ride
  • The American Revolution Beginning
  • The Second Continental Congress
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill
  • Thomas Paine and Common Sense
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Jefferson’s Ideas
  • All Men Created Equal
  • The Importance of the Declaration of Independence
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Critical Thinking Skills: Understanding Fact and Opinion
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 5.4 - The Meaning of the Declaration of Independence

  • Essential Question
  • Understanding the Declaration of Independence
  • Reading the Declaration of Independence
  • The Purpose of the Declaration of Independence
  • The Rights of All People
  • Governments Get Their Power from the People
  • The 27 Ways King George Mistreated the Colonies
  • Americans Tried to Correct the Problems
  • The Creation of a New Nation called the United States
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Biography Reading Skills: Thomas Jefferson
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 5.5 - Fighting the American Revolution

  • Essential Question
  • The First American Victory
  • British Strengths and Weaknesses
  • The Continental Army
  • Battles to Control New York
  • Washington’s Defeat in New York
  • Washington’s Spies
  • American Victories at Trenton and Princeton
  • Marquis de Lafayette
  • Defeats in Philadelphia
  • Battle of Saratoga
  • Winter at Valley Forge
  • A Stronger American Army
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Biography Reading Skills: Ben Franklin
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary

Lesson 5.6 - Americans Win Independence

  • Essential Question
  • After the Winter at Valley Forge
  • War in the Ohio Valley
  • Spain Declares War
  • John Paul Jones
  • War in the Southern States
  • Victory in South Carolina
  • The Battle of Yorktown
  • American Victory at Yorktown
  • American Women Help Defeat Britain
  • Many Americans Worked for Freedom
  • The Treaty of Paris
  • Washington Returns to Mount Vernon
  • The Need for a New Kind of Government
  • Building Social Studies Skills
    • Biography Reading Skills: George Washington
    • Making Inferences
  • Vocabulary
  • Summary