Establishing an American Republic 1492 – 1896
1. What Is History?
Essential Question: What is history, and why should we study it?
In an Experiential Exercise, students witness a staged event that they then reconstruct to help them understand the challenges historians face in interpreting and communicating information about the past.
2. Defining and Debating America’s Founding Ideals
Essential Question: What are America’s founding ideals, and why are they important?
In a Writing for Understanding activity, students examine placards that contain images and quotations spanning American history to discover the influence of the five founding ideals of the Declaration of Independence.
3. Setting the Geographic Stage
Essential Question: How has geography influenced the development of the United States?
In a Social Studies Skill Builder, students label features on thematic maps to determine how geography has shaped U.S. history.
4. The Colonial Roots of America’s Founding Ideals
Essential Question: How did