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Course Objectives 

Mission For The Class

From the Alabama Course of Study--Social Studies, updated Fall 2004  The educational program of all Alabama high school students 
includes a  comprehensive curriculum of essential social studies content that prepares  students to be knowledgeable, responsible 
citizens capable of applying  social studies knowledge and skills in their daily lives.  The emphases of  the Grades 10-12 social studies 
program are civic competence and  participation and economic, geographic, and historical awareness.  Careful  consideration has been 
taken to align the social studies content at the high  school level with standards addressed by national social studies  organizations.  
All Alabama high school students must earn four credits in social studies  for graduation.  As part of these requirements, students 
must complete  United States History to 1877 (one credit), United States History From 1877  to the Present (one credit), United 
States Government (one-half credit), and  Economics (one-half credit).  The content of these core courses requires  students to 
examine the period from prediscovery to the present, looking at  the issues explored in Grades 8 and 9 from the perspective of 
the United  States.  The United States History to 1877, United States History From 1877  to the Present, United States Government, 
and Economics courses described in  this document provide fundamental content to be learned by all high school  students that 
enables them to become responsible citizens and active  participants in local, state, national, and global societies.  In addition  to 
the World History course required in Grade 9 and the four courses  required for Grades 10-12, local school systems may offer elective 
social  studies courses.  These may include, but are not limited to, further study  of current events, geography, sociology, and 
psychology.  Elective courses  such as these enrich students' development of civic responsibility.  In addition to increasing factual 
knowledge, tenth- through twelfth-grade  students are developmentally capable of abstract reasoning, critical  thinking, and 
sophisticated problem solving.  The courses required in Grades  10-12 foster the growth of productive citizens as students engage 
in  opportunities for analyzing complex issues.  The instructional environment  also provides opportunities for active civic participation, 
social science  research, and authentic learning through a variety of methods and tools such  as the use of primary sources, written 
analysis of information, debate,  presentation, simulation, technology, and experimentation.  Although not all  strands are indicated 
for all content standards, teachers are encouraged to  incorporate the perspective of each strand into each standard where  applicable.  
 
================  ELEVENTH GRADE United States History From 1877 to the Present ========================  
The study of the history of the United States in Grade 11 continues the  journey begun in Grade 10 through the economic, geographic, 
social, and  political development of the United States.  Beginning with the post- Reconstruction United States and its shift into a 
more industrialized  society, the course continues through the twentieth century to the present.   Students are involved in a 
chronological study of major events, issues,  movements, and leaders of the United States through the present from both a  
national and an Alabama perspective.  Students are actively involved in and  are challenged by the level of expectation inherent 
in the required content  of this course.  With more fully developed skills in abstract thinking,  students compare, analyze, and 
explain events and developments rather than  simply list or identify them.  In order to provide a classroom environment that 
encourages all students to  reach their potential, teachers employ various instructional methods to  facilitate students' pursuit of 
knowledge about the United States.   Instruction that includes individual and group research, debate,  presentation, and the 
employment of current technology such as interactive  digital video software and Internet sources provides students with extensive  
opportunities to explore and analyze historical topics and interpretations.  
--From the Alabama Course of Study--Social Studies, updated Fall 2004