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
you and your students.
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
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
Best History Websites
This websites provides a list of websites on topics
related to life, politics, and economics during
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
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.
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.
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.
Digital History page for the Gilded Age, which
includes a lesson plan and links to learning
tools, primary sources, and online resources
New York City Films
This collection contains forty-five films of
New York, dating from 1898 to 1906, from the
Print Collection of the Library of Congress.
Of these, twenty-five were made by the American
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")
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.
Thomas Nast Cartoons
HarpWeek's Gallery of Thomas Nast cartoons, some
of which comment on Progressives, as well as
Digital History Documents
A collection of primary sources on the Progressive
Era including documents on the Muckrakers, Women's
Suffrage, Conservation, Prohibition, and Cities.
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
Archive of Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal papers
from the Progressive Era with lesson plans and
further resources for classroom use.
Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History
online learning module on the Progressive Era
with links to primary documents.
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
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.
History Channel website on Ellis Island, including
background information, a timeline, and videos.
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
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
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
America Becomes A World Power
A Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History
online learning module on American Imperialism
and the Spanish-American War.
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.
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
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.
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
immigration, the Red Scare, Susan B. Anthony,
Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the Harlem
the Great Migration, W.C. Handy, the Jazz Age,
and Zelda Fitzgerald.
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
such as "How to Dance the Charleston" or "Shopping by Mail
in the 1920's."
American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular
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.
A website featuring popular music from the 1920's. Requires RealAudio player.
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.
Article from the website for the PBS program Culture Shock which summarizes
the segment on jazz, "the devil's music."
Brief description of jazz in the 1920's, from PBS's Culture Shock.
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.
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.
Describe social and economic conditions
from the 1920s through the Great Depression, factors
to a deepening crisis, and successes and failures
associated with the programs and policies of the
A website devoted to information on the Great Depression and its international
Depression and World War II
National Archives' "Teaching With Documents" Lesson plans which use
primary source documents to teach students about the Great Depression and WWII.
National Archives collection of photographs from the Great Depression and the
PBS website dedicated to the construction of the Hoover Dam
Ideas for the Great Depression
Article for teachers from Michigan's state website which gives lesson ideas
for teaching about the Great Depression in the context of Michigan history.
Many ideas could be modified to reflect life in your own state.
Dust Bowl Days NEH lesson plan on the Dust Bowl and the government's
response to the Great Depression. Grades 3-5.
The New Deal
The New Deal Network from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, with
lesson plans and resources for use in the classroom.
Surviving the Dust Bowl
Interactive website from PBS based on the program “Surviving the Dust
Bowl,” with interviews, photographs, and videos available online.
The Great Depression: What
Would It Be Like Today?
In this lesson, students calculate the percentage decline in factors affecting
the quality of life such as wages and unemployment, from before the Depression
to the beginning of the New Deal. Students then calculate what the same percentage
decline for these factors would mean for their lives if it happened today.
Adaptable for grades 6-12.
Information and lesson plans for the film “Riding the Rails,” which
discusses the plight of many teenagers during the Great Depression who lived
on the railways, hopping freight trains across the country.
America's Great Depression
Helpful source of information about the depression from an amateur historian,
with book and video lists, a timeline, and links to online collections of
The Depression News
Michigan's History, Arts, and Libraries' gallery of information on the
Great Depression Cooking
Website of 94 year old woman who keeps a blog, a YouTube channel, and has
recently published a cookbook of frugal recipes and cooking techniques
from the Great
Depression era which she learned from her mother.
America and the Holocaust
PBS’s “American Experience” website on America and the Holocaust,
with timelines, maps, and other teaching resources.
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.
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.
Online article on the history of Japanese-American internment from history.com.
Includes a few historical photographs.
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.
Questions and links to sources of information for completing an online scavenger
hunt about Japanese Internment Camps.
War Relocation Camps
Website devoted to the history of relocation campsin
Arizona, from 1942-1946. Includes many photos and articles on life in
Describe the international role of the United States
from 1945 through 1960 relative to the Truman Doctrine,
Marshall Plan, Berlin Blockade, and NATO.
Cold War WebQuest
WebQuest in which students act as advisors to various
presidents as they make decisions concerning the
atomic bomb, the power struggle in Iran, the Cuban
Missile Crisis, the Vietnam conflict, and dealings with the Soviet Union.
the Brink of War
An 11th grade WebQuest in which students search
for examples of how the Cold War affected American
The Red Scare
Wikipedia article which gives a quick overview
of the two major US Red Scares.
and the Cold War
Provides high school lesson ideas using primary
source documents and photographs to study academic
freedom at Rutgers University in NJ to understand
Lesson plan on the Red Scare for grades 9-12 from
discovery.com. Students will investigate the
Rosenberg case and compare it to other more recent
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
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.
Timeline of the Civil Rights Movement from CNN
Archive of news and photographs of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement compiled
by the Seattle Times, with biographical information, study guides, and teaching
on the Prize
Historical video clips from the Civil Rights Movement provided by the PBS
documentary "Eyes on the Prize" website.
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 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
Trace significant foreign policies and
issues of presidential administrations from Richard
Nixon to the present.
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.)