This course will explore the growth of American society and the emergence of the United States as a world power. The course covers the significant developments in America's past from Reconstruction to World War I with brief connections to early settlement, colonization, and the development of America as an independent nation. The student will focus on American political, economic, and social history from a chronological point of view. Activities in this course are designed to develop the student's abilities to question, read, analyze, interpret, and evaluate different forms of information, as well as to communicate his or her ideas to others. Geography skills will be interwoven in the lessons, as the student makes connections between the evolution of America's geography and its historical impact. This course will continue the study of American history, tracing the changes in American society from World War II through the present. This course will continue to follow the chronology of American political, economic, and social history. Every unit will provide practice with critical social studies skills, including analyzing primary sources, recognizing point of view, identifying cause and effect, evaluating different forms of information, and communicating ideas to others. Geography skills are interwoven in the lessons, as the student makes connections between the evolution of America's geography and its impact on historical events.