Review Game: PPT or Text
Class Grades for Fourth / Fifth
|This theme will
focus on the important ways conformity (going with the mainstream
values of society) and rebellion (fighting against the mainstream
values and power in society) have shaped United States History and
Literature. Major areas of focus include:
- Puritans and the Great Awakening
- Social Reform movements of the early 1800's
- Sources of religious and political conformity
- The Labor Movement from its origins through the 1950's
- Conformity and rebellion in the 1920's, especially as it
relates to prohibition, women's liberation, new mass media, and the
- Conformity in the Post-WWII United States, especially as it
relates to the fear of Communism (HUAC, McCarthyism, etc.) and the
growth of suburbs and mass culture through TV
Here are the specific State Standards we
will cover in this unit:
Describe the Enlightenment and the rise
of democratic ideas as the context in which the nation was founded.
Analyze the ideological origins of the
American Revolution, the Founding Fathers’ philosophy of divinely
bestowed unalienable natural rights, the debates on the drafting and
ratification of the Constitution, and the addition of the Bill of
Analyze the great religious revivals and
the leaders involved in them, including the First Great Awakening, the
Second Great Awakening, the Civil War revivals, the Social Gospel
Movement, the rise of Christian liberal theology in the nineteenth
century, the impact of the Second Vatican Council, and the rise of
Christian fundamentalism in current times.
Cite incidences of religious intolerance
in the United States (e.g., persecution of Mormons, anti-Catholic
Analyze the political, economic, and
social ramifications of World War I on the home front.
Analyze the international and domestic
events, interests, and philosophies that prompted attacks on civil
liberties, including the Palmer Raids, Marcus Garvey’s “back-to-Africa”
movement, the Ku Klux Klan, and immigration quotas and the responses of
organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the
Anti-Defamation League to those attacks.
Examine the passage of the Eighteenth
Amendment to the Constitution and the Volstead Act (Prohibition).
Describe the Harlem Renaissance and new
trends in literature, music, and art, with special attention to the
work of writers (e.g., Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes).
Discuss the rise of mass production
techniques, the growth of cities, the impact of new technologies (e.g.,
the automobile, electricity), and the resulting prosperity and effect
on the American landscape.
Trace the advances and retreats of
organized labor, from the creation of the American Federation of Labor
and the Congress of Industrial Organizations to current issues of a
postindustrial, multinational economy, including the United Farm
Workers in California