• 6th Grade Social Studies (US History II) Curriculum Framework

    United States History II: 1865 to Present

    “Students will continue to use skills for historical and geographical analysis as they examine American history since 1865. The standards for this course relate to the history of the United States from the Reconstruction era to the present. Students should continue to develop and build upon the fundamental concepts and skills in civics, economics, and geography within the context of United States history. Students will use investigation as a foundation to delve into the political, economic, and social challenges facing the nation once reunited after the Civil War. This foundation provides a pathway to develop an understanding of how the American experience shaped the world’s political and economic landscapes.

    The study of history must emphasize the historical thinking skills required for geographic analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship. Students will apply these skills as they extend their understanding of the essential knowledge defined by all of the standards for history and social science.” – Virginia Department of Education, Standards of Learning 2015

    During our course of study, students will:

    1. Analyze and interpret geographic information, artifacts and primary and secondary sources
    2. Interpret charts, graphs and pictures
    3. Compare and contrast historical, cultural and political perspectives
    4. Explain connections across time and place

    Standards of Learning:

    In lieu of a Standards of Learning (SOL) Test, the Virginia Department of Education has tasked all divisions to create Authentic Assessments in the following five reporting categories:

    1. Reconstruction to Modern America
    2. Geography
    3. Turmoil and Change
    4. United States since World War II
    5. Civics and Economics

    These assessment scores are to be sent to our Central Office and will be reported to the Virginia Department of Education from there. These assessments will be graded as a major project for our students and will be weighted equivalent to a unit test.

    Course Outline for Units of Study

    Unit 1: Reconstruction USII.3a b,c, 4c 1a,d,e,f

    Unit 1: Reshaping the Nation USII.2a,b,c, 4a 1b,d,e,f

    Unit 2: Industrialization USII.2b, 4b,d,e 1c,e,f,g

                Progressive Reform USII.4d,4e, 6a 1c,d,e,f,g,i

    Unit 3: Turmoil and Change USII.5a,b,c 1a,d,e,g,h

                America between the Wars USII.6b,c,d 1a,d,e,f,g,h,j

    Unit 4: World War II USII.7a,b,c 1a,b,d,e,f,g, j

    Unit 5: Post War America USII.8a,b,c,d,e 1a,c,d,e,f,g

                Modern America USII.8d, 9a,b,c,d 1a,c,d,e,f