Responsible citizenship entails a firm understanding of the nation’s past and its basic institutions. This 11th-grade course is an in-depth survey of the major political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, social, and intellectual trends in American life from the 15th through the 21st centuries. Major themes include the nature of leadership, the relationship between culture, economics, and politics, the ways in which the benefits and responsibilities of society are distributed in different periods and among different groups, the development of foreign policy, the use and abuse of force, and the blending of many cultures to create a great nation. Materials include a college-level textbook, music, videos, primary sources, and a variety of Internet resources. Organizational and note-taking skills are refined. Regular research opportunities present practice in computer and library literacy. Written, oral, analytic and synthetic skills are honed. (Full year, 1 credit)