Field of Study
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of Virginia and United States History from exploration and colonization to the present day. This course covers extensive material that correlates to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Throughout the course, students actively interact with the course content and display their knowledge through a variety of assignments and interactions with their peers.
Students will develop their analytical and research skills, as they develop a greater understanding of our nation’s political, economic, and social foundations. There are nine regular academic modules in the course:
- Module 1: Contact & Colonization (1492-1607)
- Module 2: Dominance of North America (1607-1754)
- Module 3:The Emergence of the New Republic (1754-1800)
- Module 4: Struggles of the New Republic in the Face of Rapid Change (1800-1848)
- Module 5: Expansion and a Nation Divided (1844-1877)
- Module 6: Industrialization and Urbanization (1865-1898)
- Module 7, Part One: Imperialism and World War (1898-1919)
- Module 7, Part Two: Depression and World War II (1920-1945)
- Module 8: The Cold War and America Post-WWII (1945-1980)
- Module 9: Postwar America (1980-present)
There are also two additional modules; Review & Exam Module, and an Extensions Module that encapsulates the course.
Students will complete a variety of homework assignments and required readings for each module. They will participate in discussion boards. Students will read both the free online textbook and the course content, as they complete the required course assignments. This course contains a mix of writing, multiple-choice, and other assignments. Students are expected to complete all course work according to the schedule posted by the instructor. Students should plan on several hours per week of work outside of the regular school day. All students must complete a final exam at the end of the course.
Virginia and U.S. History offers students the opportunity to think about our past in a new way and to better understand how yesterday’s actions will impact the present and future. In addition to preparing students for the Virginia’s SOL test, in U.S. History, this course will also help students in better developing their research, writing, and analytical skills, which will serve them well, both academically and in their future careers.
At the conclusion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Virginia & U.S. History SOL test, and are expected but not required to do so.
- Enrolled in grades 9-12
- There are no required pre-requisites, but completion of a high school level World History course is recommended
Course Texts and Materials
- No textbook is required, but we recommend that students utilize the free online U.S. History text that we link to in the course.