U.S. Unit Test Schedule


As each unit is taught,students will be given a Unit exam to check for mastery of the objectives taught during the Unit.


 CBAs and Benchmarks -TBA


STAAR Social Studies: May 12th, 2016



U.S.  History Year at a Glance


1st Nine Weeks


Unit 01: Exploration and Colonization

  • reasons for European exploration and colonization of North America
  • the growth of representative government and institutions during the colonial period


Unit 02: Celebrate Freedom Week

  • identify colonial grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence and explain how those grievances were addressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights


Unit 03: American Revolution

  • causes of the American Revolution, including the Proclamation of 1763, the Intolerable Acts, the Stamp Act, mercantilism, lack of representation in Parliament, and British economic policies following the French and Indian War


2nd Nine Weeks


Unit 04: Writing the Constitution

  • explain the issues surrounding important events of the American Revolution, including declaring independence; writing the Articles of Confederation


Unit 05: More Perfect Union

  • identify colonial grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence and explain how those grievances were addressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • analyze how the U.S. Constitution reflects the principles of limited government, republicanism, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights

Begin Unit 06: Early Republic

  • describe major domestic problems faced by the leaders of the new republic such as maintaining national security, building a military, creating a stable economic system, setting up the court system, and defining the authority of the central government






3rd  Nine Weeks

Continue Unit 06: Early Republic

  • explain the origin and development of American political parties
  • identify the foreign policies of presidents Washington through Monroe and explain the impact of Washington's Farewell Address and the Monroe Doctrine

Unit 07: Age of Jackson

  • explain the impact of the election of Andrew Jackson, including expanded suffrage
  • analyze the reasons for the removal and resettlement of Cherokee Indians during the Jacksonian era, including the Indian Removal Act, Worcester v. Georgia, and the Trail of Tears

Unit 08: Manifest Destiny

  • analyze the relationship between the concept of Manifest Destiny and the westward growth of the nation
  • identify areas that were acquired to form the United States, including the Louisiana Purchase


Unit 09: Industrialization: North and South Economies development

  • analyze the causes and effects of economic differences among different regions of the United States at selected times in U.S. history
  • identify the economic factors that brought about rapid industrialization and urbanization
  • the effects of technological and scientific innovations such as the steamboat, the cotton gin, and interchangeable parts


Unit 10: Reform and Culture

  • the impact of reform movements, including educational reform, temperance, the women's rights movement, prison reform, abolition, the labor reform movement, and care of the disabled religious motivation for immigration and influence on social movements, including the impact of the first and second Great Awakenings

4th   Nine Weeks


Unit 11: Sectionalism and Civil War

  • analyze the impact of slavery on different sections of the United States
  • explain the causes of the Civil War, including sectionalism, states' rights, and slavery, and significant events of the Civil War, including the firing on Fort Sumter; the battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg; the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation; Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House; and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Unit 12: Reconstruction

  • explain the economic, political, and social problems during Reconstruction and evaluate their impact on different groups
  • describe the impact of 19thcentury amendments, including the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, on life in the United States

Unit 13: Rights and Responsibilities

  • define and give examples of unalienable rights
  • summarize rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights
  • identify examples of responsible citizenship, including obeying rules and laws, staying informed on public issues, voting, and serving on juries
  • summarize the criteria and explain the process for becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States



Last Modified on August 18, 2015