American History I

American History I 

Teacher: Amy Wallen

Room: 412

Contact Information

School Phone #: (919) 242-3400 (ext. 2049)


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Times available for tutoring or parent conferences:  Mon.–Thur. 3:00–4:00pm  


The Americans (McDougal Littell)  

Course Content

American History I: The Founding Principles will begin with the European exploration of the new world through Reconstruction. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States from European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of colonial America and the outbreak of the American Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the U.S. Constitution. The course will guide students as they study the establishment of political parties, America’s westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, how that sectional conflict led to the Civil War, and the consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction. 

Course Outline

  1. European Exploration, Settlement, and Colonialism
  2. American Revolution 
  3. The Young Republic 
  4. Political Conflict, Industry, and Reform 
  5. Manifest Destiny
  6. A House Divided 
  7. The West

Class Format/Evaluation

Vocabulary Class Discussions Quizzes

Primary Source Analysis Readings Homework

Reports Lectures Tests

Videos Maps

Grading Scale


Final Average:

1st Nine Weeks Average: 40%

2nd Nine Weeks Average: 40%

NC Final Exam: 20%

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