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Alabama Course of Study: US History from 1877 to the Present, Grade 11

Below you will find the 2004 version of the ALCOS for Social Studies, grade 11. Beneath each standard are links to web resources that may be useful to you and your students.

  1. Explain the transition of the United States from an agrarian society to an industrial nation prior to World War I.
    • Who Made America?
      Includes profiles of inventors from the early days of the U.S. up until the modern era, organized by name, chronological timeline, and geographic region.
    • Building Big
      Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG™, a five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH Boston. The Website provides brief historical and scientific information about skyscrapers, bridges, domes, and tunnels as well as a teacher's guide for using the series and the activities found online in the classroom.
    • The Iron Road
      PBS website designed to accompany “The Iron Road,” a show devoted to the growth of railroads. Includes online videos, summaries, and a teacher's guide.
    • Best History Websites
      This websites provides a list of websites on topics related to life, politics, and economics during the Gilded Age.
    • Twain's The Gilded Age
      Free online e-book version of Mark Twain’s novel The Gilded Age.
    • The Gilded Age Webquest
      This website contains an excellent Webquest about the Gilded Age which charges students to create a documentary of the era.
    • Culture and Society of the Gilded Age
      In this lesson plan from the Kennedy Center, students will learn about the culture of high society during the Gilded Age. They will explore the manners and etiquette associated with the Gilded Age and then create dialogues, monologues, or short plays relating to the areas and various persons researched.
    • Arts of the Gilded Age
      In this lesson plan from the Kennedy Center, students will research the various fine and performing art forms that were popular during the Gilded Age.
    • Gilded Age Era Lesson Plans
      Teaching Future Historians collection of lesson plans which use primary documents to teach students about politics and life during the Gilded Age.
    • "The Public Be Damned": A Thematic and Multiple Intelligences Approach to Teaching the Gilded Age
      A scholarly article from Organization of American Historians which includes a unit plan overview for teaching secondary students about the Gilded Age.
    • Digital History
      Digital History page for the Gilded Age, which includes a lesson plan and links to learning tools, primary sources, and online resources for teachers.
    • New York City Films
      This collection contains forty-five films of New York, dating from 1898 to 1906, from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining twenty are Edison Company productions.
    • History of the American West: 1860-1920
      American Memory collection of photographs of the American West, along with background information on famous photographers and three presentations of selected photographs with narrative captions ("Native American Women," "LC McLure and Denver, the Beautiful City," and "The 10th Mountain Division")
  2. Describe social and political origins, accomplishments, and limitations of Progressivism.
    • Theodore Roosevelt on Film
      Library of Congress American Memory collection featuring Teddy Roosevelt. It includes a timeline, essays, photos, and documents discussing his being the first president to have had his life and career documented on film.
    • Political Cartoons Illustrating Progressivism and the Election of 1912
      Lesson plans and resources from the National Archives Educator page, which teach progressivism and the presidential election of 1912 by examining political cartoons.
    • Thomas Nast Cartoons
      HarpWeek's Gallery of Thomas Nast cartoons, some of which comment on Progressives, as well as Reconstruction.
    • Digital History Documents
      A collection of primary sources on the Progressive Era including documents on the Muckrakers, Women's Suffrage, Conservation, Prohibition, and Cities.
    • Timeline
      A useful timeline of the major events of the Progressive Era, from 1879 to 1917.
    • Progressive Era Resources
      Digital History's page for the Progressive Era, offering background information, recommended documents and resources, and links to lesson plans and fact sheets.
    • Triangle Factory Fire
      Online exhibit detailing the Triangle Factory Fire, with primary source documents, photographs, and political cartoons.
    • Eleanor Roosevelt
      Archive of Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal papers from the Progressive Era with lesson plans and further resources for classroom use.
    • Progressivism
      Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History online learning module on the Progressive Era with links to primary documents.
  3. Explain the impact of American imperialism, including the geographic changes due to the Open Door Policy and the Roosevelt Corollary, on the foreign policy of the United States between Reconstruction and World War I.
    • Immigrating to America Lesson Plan
      Students will learn about what it was like for new immigrants to come through Ellis Island—a symbolic heart of American immigration—at the turn of the century. Through first-hand accounts, students will discover where the immigrants were from, the reasons they fled their homelands, and why they came to America. By performing dramatizations and taking an interactive tour of Ellis Island, students will relive the immigrant experience.
    • Ellis Island
      History Channel website on Ellis Island, including background information, a timeline, and videos.
    • Scholastic.com Immigration Page
      Scholastic website with links to lessons and documents on immigration, including personal stories of immigrants and a virtual tour of Ellis Island.
    • Whose Land is This?
      PBS Online Webisode with interactive quizzes, games, and lesson ideas. This particular webisode deals with Immigration, but others that can be found on the main menu deal with other aspects of American history. Teaching guides are available for each webisode.
    • The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America
      Lesson overview for grades 6-8 linking the funding and construction of the Statue of Liberty with American attitudes towards immigration.
    • The White Man's Burden
      Free online text of Rudyard Kipling’s poem on Imperialism, “The White Man’s Burden,” from the History Matters website.
    • World Map, 1914
      This website provides color-coded world map of the colonial holdings of Belgium, Denmark, France, German, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the United States in 1914.
    • America Becomes A World Power
      A Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History online learning module on American Imperialism and the Spanish-American War.
  4. Describe the causes and impact of the intervention by the United States in World War I.
    • Photos of the Great War
      Online gallery of photographs from WWI which includes images from the trenches and the war at sea, as well as images of heads of state, politicians, military leaders, troops, and the weapons of war.
    • WWI Photographs
      Photos from WWI, including the battlefield and the home front.
    • WWI Lesson Plans
      A list of lesson plans dealing with WWI and the materials found in the Truman Library collection.
    • World War I
      History Channel website with links to actual letters written home from World War I soldiers.
    • The Great War
      Comprehensive PBS website for the program, “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century,” which includes background information, summaries, and educational resources. Appropriate for student exploration or as a helpful guide to teachers planning lessons.
  5. Describe the impact of social changes and the influence of key figures in the United States from World War I through the 1920's, including Prohibition, the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Scopes Trial, immigration, the Red Scare, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migration, W.C. Handy, the Jazz Age, and Zelda Fitzgerald.
    • The Roaring Twenties, The Jazz Age
      Website dedicated to 1920s fashions for men, women, and children. Includes scanned pictures from contemporary magazines.
    • Women's Suffrage
      Teaching module outlining the history of the movement for Women's suffrage from Alexis de Tocqueville's writings in 1840 through the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
    • How To Dance the Charleston
      A List of resources from the Homestead Museum includes 1920's Materials at the bottom of the page, with links to PDF versions of classroom activities such as "How to Dance the Charleston" or "Shopping by Mail in the 1920's."
    • The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
      A multimedia anthology from the Library of Congress that showcases popular entertainment forms, especially vaudeville, from 1870 to 1920. The materials include memorabilia documenting the career of Harry Houdini, English- and Yiddish-language play scripts, souvenir playbills and programs, theater posters, motion pictures, and sound recordings. Many items include the bawdy humor and ethnic stereotypes typical of the period.
    • Flapper Music
      A website featuring popular music from the 1920's. Requires RealAudio player.
    • Baseball and Jackie Robinson
      American Memory Collection compilation of photographs with a timeline of the history of baseball in America.
    • Negro League Baseball
      Official website of the Negro Leagues, with historical information,
    • Harlem Renaissance Gallery
      Art prints from the Harlem Renaissance on allposters.com.
    • Harlem: An African American Community, 1900-1940
      Online exhibition portfolio from the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which includes a timeline, linked resources, an online version of the exhibit, and teaching resources.
    • The Roaring Twenties
      Article from the PBS website from Ken Burns' documentary Jazz, which focuses on jazz in the 1920s. Includes audio clips and photographs.
    • Culture Shock
      Article from the website for the PBS program Culture Shock which summarizes the segment on jazz, "the devil's music."
    • Early Jazz
      Brief description of jazz in the 1920's, from PBS's Culture Shock.
    • Twenties Magazine Project
      Creative interdisciplinary lesson plan in which students design a magazine for 1920s America.
    • Jazz Talk
      Discovery Channel lesson plan in which students will analyze work songs, spirituals, blues, and gospel songs in order to develop an appreciation for the origins of jazz music.  Grades 6-12.
    • Hitler's Mutual Admiration Society - A 2003 discussion of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s praise for Hitler’s oratorical skills in the context of similar remarks made by other western leaders in the 1930's impressed by the economic turn-around in Germany.
    • The Theatre in Europe and the US Between the Wars
      A history of theatre and drama during the interwar period
    • America and Europe Between the Wars
      A workshop website from the Center for Teaching American History with links to interwar period websites and activities.
    • Norton Anthology: The Interwar Period
      The Norton Anthology of American Literature introduction to the interwar period in the United States, including historical background information and brief discussion of literary movements.
    • The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression
      Links to more sites on topics of interest during the 1920's and 1930's.
    • From the Great War to the Great Depression
      Lesson plans for grades 6-8 that uses video program of the same name to teach about the Interwar Period
    • Red Scare - Images and Information on the first Red Scare, which followed WWI.
    • Classic Film Pages
      Links to websites dedicated to classic films of the 20's and 30's
  6. Describe social and economic conditions from the 1920s through the Great Depression, factors leading to a deepening crisis, and successes and failures associated with the programs and policies of the New Deal.
  7. Explain the entry by the United States into World War II and major military campaigns in the European and Pacific Theaters.
    • Wartime Posters
      Discovery Channel lesson plan on propaganda posters during World War II
    • Battle of the Bulge
      PBS’s “American Experience” website on the Battle of the Bulge. Includes a teacher's guide, photo gallery, and interviews with survivors.
    • D-Day
      PBS’s “American Experience” website on Normandy and D-Day which includes a teacher's guide and other resources (maps, timeline, letters).
    • The Perilous Fight
      PBS teacher’s guide to “The Perilous Fight: America’s World War II in Color,” which includes lesson plans, viewing guides, and activities.
    • Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda? Analyzing World War II Posters
      A “read-write-think” lesson plan analyzing World War II propaganda posters. Grades 9-12
    • Learn about World War II
      Digital History lesson resources for World War II, including documents, photos, and lesson plans.
    • Gilder Lehrman Institute: WWII
      Module for teaching about WWII which includes background information and primary sources.
    • Mr. Donn.org
      Links to units and lesson plans on WWII, including life on the home front, foreign policy, and the Holocaust for various grade levels.
    • BBC History: WWII
      BBC links to various World War II topics
    • Heroes Among Us Webquest
      Oral history project in which students interview family or community members who served in WWII.
    • War of the Worlds Webquest
      Webquest for high school students which investigates the causes of WWII.
    • The Decision to Drop the Bomb
      Activity which has students take on and discuss four perspectives on the decision to drop the atomic bomb. The webquest provides links for researching each perspective.
    • WWII Map Collection.
      Collection of WWII military situation maps from the LOC American Memory Collection
    • Battle of the Bulge
      Interactive essay on Battle of the Bulge from the American Memory Collection
    • WWI & WWII Links
      Links to web resources and lesson plans on WWI and WWII from Kennesaw State University
    • World War II Remembered
      Scholastic.com WWII page, which offers activities, lesson plans, and resources for teaching about WWII.
    • EyeWitness History
      Eyewitness accounts of various events from WWII.
    • Library of Congress-WWII
      LOC Learning Page for teachers, with an overview and documents from WWII..
    • World War II in Posters
      Collection of WWII posters from the Truman Library website, with links to analysis activities for most.
    • A Guide to World War II Materials
      A guide to all of the Library of Congress' online collections and exhibits dealing with WWII, which includes links and brief descriptions.
    • Dr. Seuss Went to War
      Political cartoons drawn by Dr. Seuss during WWII.
    • America from the Great Depression to WWII
      Black and white photographs from Great Depression through WWII from the American Memory Collection.
    • Women Come to the Front
      Library of Congress online exhibit of women photographers, journalists and broadcasters during WWII.
    • Arthur Szyk Cartoons
      US WWII political cartoons of Arthur Szyk.
    • Douglas MacArthur Photographic Collection
      Small collection of photographs, including several of MacArthur during WWII.
    • History Place.com Photos
      Includes links to photo collections of WWII Battles and African Americans in WWII
    • What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?
      Oral history project completed by Rhode Island high school students who interviewed  women who lived during.
    • Continuing the Fight: Harry S. Truman and WWII
      Man page for the Truman Library's information and resources about WWII.
    • Atomic Bomb Museum
      Online museum covering the history of the atomic bomb and its impact.
    • The Race to Build the Atomic Bomb
      A- bomb lesson plans, timeline and other resources for teachers and students.
    • July 1942: United We Stand
      Website for the Smithsonian Museum of American History's collection of magazine covers from WWII.
    • Battle for Bataan
      Website from New Mexico State University recounting the Battle for Bataan in the Phillipines through timelines, artifacts, maps and online videos.
    • On the Homefront
      Photo Gallery and lesson activities from the Library of Congress detailing life on the home front during WWII.
    • Untold Stories of D-Day
      Article on D-Day from National Geographic Magazine.
    • Normandy, 1944
      Encyclopedia Britannica's online guide to D-Day, including oral history, combat videos, and a photo gallery.
    • Experiencing War: Stories from the Veteran's History Project
      D-Day stories from veterans, compiled for the 60th anniversary of the invasion in 2004.
    • World War II Resources
      WWII resources and links to primary documents from Ibiblio.org.
    • Women and World War II
      Lesson plan from TeacherVision for grades 8-12, in which students will learn how WWII impacted the advancement of women in U.S. society.
    • Holocaust WebQuest
      WebQuest for grade 12, in which students investigate the Holocaust from different perspectives.
    • The Diary of Anne Frank
      Middle School WebQuest covering Anne Frank, antisemitism in Nazi Germany, and the Holocaust. (Intended for students who are studying the book.)
    • Holocaust Links
      Holocaust resources and links from Trumball County, Ohio's Educational Service Center.
    • US Holocaust Memorial Museum
      US Holocaust Memorial Museum website, with resources for teachers and students
    • America and the Holocaust
      PBS’s “American Experience” website on America and the Holocaust, with timelines, maps, and other teaching resources.
    • Japanese Internment Webquest
      Webquest in which students form an international tribunal that charges the US government for human rights violations following the internment of Japanese-American citizens during WWII.
    • Ansell Adams' Photographs of Manzanar
      Library of Congress collection of Ansell Adam’s photographs of the Japanese-American  internment camp at Manzanar. Includes photo gallery, essay, and timeline.
    • Japanese Internment
      Online article on the history of Japanese-American internment from history.com. Includes a few historical photographs.
    • Japanese-American Internment Camps During WWII  
      University of Utah collections of photographs of the Tule Lake and Topaz internment camps.
    • Children of the Camps
      Website for the documentary, "Children of the Camps," with a history of the internment camps, a timeline, and links to primary source documents.
    • Department of Justice Search
      More links from the US Dept. of Justice on Japanese Internment Camps
    • Go For Broke.org
      Website of the Japanese-American WWII veterans, dedicated to their history. Includes oral histories and resources for teaching about Japanese-Americans' involvement in WWII and Executive order 9066.
    • Online Scavenger Hunt
      Questions and links to sources of information for completing an online scavenger hunt about Japanese Internment Camps.
    • War Relocation Camps in Arizona
      Website devoted to the history of relocation camps in Arizona, from 1942-1946. Includes many photos and articles on life in the camps.
  8. Describe the international role of the United States from 1945 through 1960 relative to the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Berlin Blockade, and NATO.
  9. Describe major domestic events and issues of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.
  10. Describe major foreign events and issues of the Kennedy Presidency, including the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
    • Cuban Missile Crisis
      US Department of State for Youth Website's page on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Includes a summary, teaching activities, lesson plans, and relevant documents and multimedia.
    • Bay of Pigs & Cuban Missile Crisis Resources
      List of documents and resources useful in teaching about the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
    • Berlin Wall Online
      Online history of the Berlin wall, with links to photographs, timelines, and important facts and events.
  11. Trace the course of the involvement of the United States in Vietnam from the 1950's to 1975.
  12. Trace events of the modern Civil Rights Movement from post-World War II to 1970 that resulted in social and economic changes, including the Montgomery bus boycott, the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, the march on Washington, and the Freedom Rides.
    • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
      Website for BCRI, with extensive resources page, searchable archive, photo gallery, and online exhibits on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
    • Dr. Carter G. Woodson
      Brief biography of Woodson from the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
    • Civil Rights Movement Veterans
      Great site on the Civil Rights Movement, with histories, timelines, photos, and personal stories.
    • The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
      Online guide to the PBS film “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow,” with videos and interactive activities.
    • Powerful Days in Black and White
      Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement taken by Charles Moore.
    • Timeline
      Timeline of the Civil Rights Movement from CNN
    • Martin Luther King
      Archive of news and photographs of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement compiled by the Seattle Times, with biographical information, study guides, and teaching resources.
    • Eyes on the Prize
      Historical video clips from the Civil Rights Movement provided by the PBS documentary "Eyes on the Prize" website.
  13. Describe the Women's Movement, the Hispanic Movement, and the Native American Movement during the 1950s and 1960s.
    • The Women's Movement
      Timeline and links to resources about the feminist movement of the 1960's and 70's, including the NOW and the ERA.
    • Timeline-Hispanic Movement
      Timeline of important people and events in the history of the Hispanic Movement from Washington state's department of education.
    • Brief History of AIM
      Summary if the American Indian Movement's history, by the organization of the same name.
    • The Tumultuous Sixties
      Links to summaries of major movements and social issues of the 1960's from Digital History. Includes feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, the American Indian Movement, and the Hispanic Movement.
    • The 1960's: A Time of Contrast, Change, and Controversy
      This lesson explores the 1960s and the contrasts, changes, and controversies that occurred during the period. The teacher will present an overview of the cultural and social aspects of the period. Students will choose a person, event, or area involved in the decade. Each student will research his/her topic and present the research in a brochure, flyer, newsletter, or PowerPoint presentation using the appropriate technology.
  14. Trace significant foreign policies and issues of presidential administrations from Richard Nixon to the present.
    • Digital History Timeline
      Timeline of important events in American history; scroll down for dates from 1970's.
    • Decade Timeline
      Timeline of the 1970's, with photos of important figures.
    • Revisiting Watergate
      Washington Post website that covers the history of the Watergate scandal in news articles and photos.
    • American Cultural History
      Overview of American culture in the 1970's, with links to online resources.
    • Watergate Anonymous Source 'Deep Throat' Comes Forward
      PBS News Hour article from 2005 discussing Watergate. A link in the left sidebar also gives information on how to use it in the classroom.
    • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
      Website on President Ford, with digital library and teaching resources.
    • Dear Presidential Diary
      Activity about presidents which looks at a diary entry from Gerald Ford.
    • Carter as President and ex-President
      Lesson plan from discover.com in which students examine Carter's inaugural address and discuss his goals.
    • Iran-Contra Affair
      Lesson plan that introduces students to the Iran-Contra Affair and analyzes its significance during the Cold War.
    • The Iranian Hostage Crisis
      Summary of US relations with Iran and the Hostage Crisis of 1979-81 from PBS's American Experience website.
    • In Pictures: The Iran Hostage Crisis
      BBC summary of the Iran hostage crisis, with contemporary pictures of events and key figures
    • 1980's Primary Sources
      Digital History links to documents from the 1980's which deal with news events such as the Challenger explosion and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan.
    • 1980's Timeline
      Timeline with links to more information about important events of the 1980's.
    • Project Topics
      Suggested project topics for the 1980's, with links to more information about each one.
    • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
      Website for Reagan's Presidential library, with online exhibits and documents detailing important events during his presidency.
    • Impeachment of Bill Clinton
      University of Missouri-Kansas Law School's "Famous Trials" page for Clinton's Impeachment trial. Includes documents, articles, images, and a chronology.
    • Teaching9-11.org
      A great source for information and lesson plans for grades K-12
    • September 11 Digital Archives
      Information, images, and documents concerning the history of 9/11.
    • America Responds
      PBS lesson plans on 9/11, the aftermath, and the War on Terror.
    • Teaching About War
      Lesson plans regarding Iraq war.
    • How Media Shapes Perception
      Lesson plan on 9/11 and the media for grades 10-12.
    • Dealing With Tragedy in the Classroom
      Lesson plan for grades 1-5 that seeks to help students deal with tragedy, in this case, September 11th. While students today are not dealing with shock in the immediate wake of the attack, this lesson could be modified for use in other tragic circumstances (more recently WV mining disaster, earthquakes, tornados, or the continuing war in Afghanistan, etc.)
    • War, Terrorism, and Our Classrooms
      Links to professional articles on how to deal with these issues in the classroom.
    • Scholastic Teacher's Guide - We have put together a collection of Katrina links, including some handy resources that encourage kids to help with the relief effort.
    • CNN Report
      Hurricane Katrina page on CNN.com, with photographs, articles, personal stories, etc.
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