Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades K-2

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Comprehensive Common Core curriculum for United States History, Grades K-2

The Alexandria Plan is Common Core's curriculum tool for the teaching of United States and World History. It is a strategic framework for identifying and using high quality informational texts and narrative nonfiction to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) while also sharing essential historical knowledge drawn from the very best state history ...

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Overview

Comprehensive Common Core curriculum for United States History, Grades K-2

The Alexandria Plan is Common Core's curriculum tool for the teaching of United States and World History. It is a strategic framework for identifying and using high quality informational texts and narrative nonfiction to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) while also sharing essential historical knowledge drawn from the very best state history and civics standards from around the country. The curriculum is presented in this four volume series: Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades K-2; Common Core Curriculum: World History, Grades K-2; Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades 3-5; and Common Core Curriculum: World History, Grades 3-5.

Features of each book include:

  • Learning Expectations, which articulate the key ideas, events, facts, and figures to be understood by students in a particular grade span.
  • Suggested anchor texts for each topic.
  • In depth text studies, comprised of text-dependent questions, student responses, and assessments based on a featured anchor text.
  • Select additional resources.
  • Concise Era Summaries that orient both teachers and students to the historical background.

The curriculum helps teachers pose questions about texts covering a wide range of topics. This volume, Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades K-2, introduces lower elementary students to 18 key eras in our country's history, from the original Native American people to modern times, through stories that they will treasure forever.

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Common Core, Inc. (commoncore.org) is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to advocate for a content-rich liberal arts education in America’s K-12 schools. To improve education in America, Common Core creates curriculum materials, conducts professional development, and also promotes programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences. Common Core, Inc. is not affiliated with the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Use the Alexandria Plan vii

Text Studies

Era 1 Across Beringia: Original People of North America (ca.20,000 bce to ca. 1600 ce) 1
Text Study: Native Homes by Bobbie Kalman

Era 2 Driven to Discover: Europeans Establish the New World(Late 1400s to Late 1600s) 7
Text Study: Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus byPeter Sis

Era 3 Uniquely American: The Beginnings of a New Nationality(1607 to Late 1600s) 15
Text Study: The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward

Era 4 Taxation without Representation: Tension Mounts (ca.1660 to 1763) 21
Text Study: If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern

Era 5 Independence: America Gains Its Freedom (1763 to 1783)27
Text Study: A Picture Book of Paul Revere by David A. Adler

Era 6 We the People: Building an American Republic (1776 to1789) 33
Text Study: D Is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet byElissa Grodin

Era 7 Democracy Made Real: America Passes the Torch (1789 to1800) 39
Text Study: George Washington: Soldier, Hero, President by Justineand Ron Fontes

Era 8 Going West: Opportunity and Peril on America’sFrontier (1800 to 1830s) 47
Text Study: How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis andClark by Rosalyn Schanzer

Era 9 Freedom for All: American Democracy Begins to Transform(1820s to 1840s) 57
Text Study: The Listeners by Gloria Whelan
Text Study: The Bobbin Girl by Emily Arnold McCully

Era 10 A House Divided: North versus South (1820 to 1859)67
Text Study: “When I Reach the Promised Land . . .” bySusan Buckley, pages 11–13, Appleseeds, March 2004
Text Study: Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from theUnderground Railroad by Ellen Levine

Era 11 Blue versus Gray: Civil War and Reconstruction (1860to 1877) 75
Text Study: Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, Leader, Legend by Justine andRon Fontes

Era 12 Resistance and Recovery: Rebuilding a War-Torn Nation(1870s to 1890s) 83
Text Study: Journey of a Pioneer by Patricia J. Murphy

Era 13 The Next Benchmark: America Is a Global Leader (1890sto 1920) 89
Text Study: A Weed Is a Flower: The Life of George WashingtonCarver by Aliki

Era 14 The Great War: Rallying American Patriotism (1914 to1929) 95
Text Study: Bessie Smith and the Night Riders by SueStauffacher

Era 15 Prosperity Has Its Price: Economic Collapse and WorldWar II (1929 to 1945) 103
Text Study: Finding Daddy: A Story of the Great Depression by Joand Josephine Harper

Era 16 The New American Dream: Freedom from Tyranny (1946 toLate 1950s) 111
Text Study: Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: A True Story of theBerlin Airlift and the Candy That Dropped from the Sky by MargotTheis Raven

Era 17 Communism and Counterculture: The Challenges of the’50s and ’60s
(1950s to Late 1960s) 117
Text Study: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington byFrances E. Ruffin

Era 18 Modern Times: Presidential Scandals, Conservatism, andUnrest
(1968 to Present) 125
Text Study: America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven

Era Summaries 131

Era 1 Across Beringia: Original People of North America (ca.20,000 bce to ca. 1600 ce) 133
Indigenous Peoples Arrive • Distribution, Diversity, andCultural Regions • Native American Civilization in NorthAmerica and Beyond • The Effects of European Contact in theAmericas

Era 2 Driven to Discover: Europeans Establish the New World(Late 1400s to Late 1600s) 135
Europe Discovers the Americas • European Rivals in theAmericas • Aims of British Settlement Differ by Region• The Colonists Encounter the Native North Americans

Era 3 Uniquely American: The Beginnings of a New Nationality(1607 to Late 1600s) 139
The Early Colonies: Regional Differences Abound • ReligiousTension and Tolerance • The Rise, Entrenchment, and RegionalPatterns of Slavery • The Rise of Representative Governmentand Popular Power in the Colonies

Era 4 Taxation without Representation: Tension Mounts (ca.1660 to 1763) 142
Britain Expands Its Rule over America • The Colonies BecomeMore Modern, British, and Like One Another • TheColonies’ Role in the Empire Grows and Becomes MoreComplex

Era 5 Independence: America Gains Its Freedom (1763 to 1783)145
The French and Indian War Prods Britain to Seek Revenue from theColonies • The Colonies Reject British Taxation and Respondto the Stamp Act • Crisis Builds toward Revolution •The Revolutionary War: America Stands Up for Freedom, Britain forIts Empire

Era 6 We the People: Building an American Republic (1776 to1789) 149
Democratic Experiments: The Articles of Confederation and the StateConstitutions • The Constitutional Convention of 1787 •The Battle for Ratification and the Call for a Bill of Rights

Era 7 Democracy Made Real: America Passes the Torch (1789 to1800) 153
Creating the National Government • The First Party Schism• The New Nation’s Parties and Politics • TheRevolution of 1800

Era 8 Going West: Opportunity and Peril on America’sFrontier (1800 to 1830s) 157
A Young and Fast-Expanding Nation • America Defies theEuropean Powers • The Economy Transforms as CommerceExpands

Era 9 Freedom for All: American Democracy Begins to Transform(1820s to 1840s) 161
The New Party Schism and the Jacksonian Era • A More PerfectSociety: Social Change and the Reform Movements • After ItsPost-Revolution Decline, Slavery Gains Strength

Era 10 A House Divided: North versus South (1820 to 1859)164
A Line in the Sand: Slavery in the Territories • TheSectional Divide Grows • The Divide Begins to Rend theCountry

Era 11 Blue versus Gray: Civil War and Reconstruction (1860to 1877) 168
Secessionists and Unionists • The War for the Union:1861–1862 • The War against Slavery: 1863–1865• The Rise and Fall of Reconstruction

Era 12 Resistance and Recovery: Rebuilding a War-Torn Nation(1870s to 1890s) 174
Industrialization, Immigration, and Expansion • The Strainsof the Gilded Age • The New South and the Rise of JimCrow

Era 13 The Next Benchmark: America Is a Global Leader (1890sto 1920) 178
The United States Looks Overseas • Social Strain at Home andthe Progressive Push for Reform • The Limits of Progressivismand the Call for Civil Rights

Era 14 The Great War: Rallying American Patriotism (1914 to1929) 182
America Enters Europe’s War • The War at Home: Growthand Government, Patriotism, and Repression • Post-WarAmerica: Prosperity and New Freedoms—for Some

Era 15 Prosperity Has Its Price: Economic Collapse and WorldWar II (1929 to 1945) 186
Crash, Depression, and the New Deal Response • TotalitarianEurope and Global Crisis: Alarm, Extremism, and Isolationism atHome • The United States Joins the Second World War •The World War II Home Front

Era 16 The New American Dream: Freedom from Tyranny (1946 toLate 1950s) 193
The Soviet Union and the Emerging Cold War • The Cold War atHome and the New Red Scare • American Life in the Post-WarEra • The Renewed Civil Rights Movement

Era 17 Communism and Counterculture: The Challenges of the’50s and ’60s
(1950s to Late 1960s) 199
The Superpowers Find an Uneasy Balance: Deterrence and the Battlefor Hearts and Minds • Cold War Tensions under Kennedy andJohnson • Reform at Home: The Civil Rights Revolution andLBJ’s Great Society • The ’60s: War,Counterculture, and Conflict

Era 18 Modern Times: Presidential Scandals, Conservatism, andUnrest (1968 to Present) 205
Global Conflict and Diplomacy: Détente, China, and the MiddleEast • The Cold War Ends, and European Communism Falls• The Changing Post–Cold War World • RecentTrends: Global Ties and Conflicts •
Postscript: Recent Events (1992 to Present)

Who Is Common Core 217

Acknowledgments 219

Index 221

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