Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades 3-5

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Comprehensive Common Core curriculum for United States History, Grades 3-5

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 3-5

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 3-5, introduces upper 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: The Discovery of the Americas: From Prehistory throughthe Age of Columbus by Betsy and Giulio Maestro

Era 2 Driven to Discover: Europeans Establish the New World(Late 1400s to
Late 1600s) 7
Text Study: Exploration and Conquest: The Americas after Columbus,1500–1620 by Betsy and Giulio Maestro

Era 3 Uniquely American: The Beginnings of a New Nationality(1607 to Late 1600s) 13
Text Study: We the People: The Thirteen Colonies by Marc TylerNobleman

Era 4 Taxation without Representation: Tension Mounts (ca.1660 to 1763) 19
Text Study: Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600–1740, chapter 38“A Nasty Triangle” by Joy Hakim

Era 5 Independence: America Gains Its Freedom (1763 to 1783)25
Text Study: A History of US: From Colonies to Country:1735–1791, Chapter 11 “A Taxing King” by JoyHakim

Era 6 We the People: Building an American Republic (1776 to1789) 31
Text Study: We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by LynneCheney

Era 7 Democracy Made Real: America Passes the Torch (1789 to1800) 37
Text Study: The Revolutionary John Adams by Cheryl Harness

Era 8 Going West: Opportunity and Peril on America’sFrontier (1800 to 1830s) 43
Text Study: A History of US: The New Nation: 1789–1850,chapter 22 “Going Places” by Joy Hakim

Era 9 Freedom for All: American Democracy Begins to Transform(1820s to 1840s) 49
Text Study: Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and theRight to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone

Text Study: I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women theVote by Linda Arms White

Era 10 A House Divided: North versus South (1820 to 1859)57
Text Study: Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young FrederickDouglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Text Study: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, anAmerican Slave, chapter 7 by Frederick Douglass

Era 11 Blue versus Gray: Civil War and Reconstruction (1860to 1877) 63
Text Study: A Civil War Scrapbook: I Was There Too! by HistoryColorado

Era 12 Resistance and Recovery: Rebuilding a War-Torn Nation(1870s to 1890s) 73
Text Study: Chief Joseph’s “Lincoln Hall Speech,”1879

Era 13 The Next Benchmark: America Is a Global Leader (1890sto 1920) 79
Text Study: Ellis Island by Elaine Landau

Text Study: At Ellis Island: A History in Many Voices by LouisePeacock

Era 14 The Great War: Rallying American Patriotism (1914 to1929) 89
Text Study: Henry Ford: Putting the World on Wheels by the Editorsof TIME For Kids with Dina El Nabli

Era 15 Prosperity Has Its Price: Economic Collapse and WorldWar II (1929 to 1945) 97
Text Study: “World War II: An Overview” byScholastic

Text Study: Franklin and Winston: A Christmas That Changed theWorld by Douglas Wood

Era 16 The New American Dream: Freedom from Tyranny (1946 toLate 1950s) 105
Text Study: The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain by PeterSis

Era 17 Communism and Counterculture: The Challenges of the’50s and ’60s  (1950s to Late 1960s) 113
Text Study: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

Era 18 Modern Times: Presidential Scandals, Conservatism, andUnrest (1968 to Present) 121
Text Study: September 11 by Mary Englar

Era Summaries 129

Era 1 Across Beringia: Original People of North America (ca.20,000 bce to ca. 1600 ce) 131
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) 133
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) 137
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) 140
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)143
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) 147
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) 151
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) 155
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) 159
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)162
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) 166
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) 172
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) 176
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) 180
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) 184
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) 191
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) 197
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) 203
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 215

Acknowledgments 217

Index 219

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