Enroll in Middle School US History with Dolphin STEM Academy
In Middle School US History, Semester B, you’ll learn about major events that took
place in American history. In the first unit, you’ll analyze the importance of the Louisiana
Purchase, the War of 1812, industrialization, and the Monroe era. In the second unit,
you’ll examine the Jacksonian era, the impact of westward expansion, the reform
movements of the mid-1800s, and the abolitionist movement. In the third unit, you’ll
learn about the Civil War. You’ll analyze the factors that led to the Civil War and the
impact of the war on the United States. In the last unit, you’ll explore the Reconstruction
By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
Analyze the importance of the Louisiana Purchase.
Identify the causes and effects of the War of 1812.
Analyze the impact of industrialization on the United States in the early 1800s.
Explain the growth of the Monroe era.
Analyze Andrew Jackson’s actions as president.
Explain the effects of westward expansion.
Describe reform movements of the 1800s.
Explain the differences between the North and the South before the Civil War.
Trace the origins of the abolitionist movement in the United States.
Examine the causes, major events, and impact of the Civil War.
Analyze the Reconstruction period after the Civil War.
To participate in this course, you should be able to do the following:
Complete basic operations with word processing software, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
Complete basic operations with presentation software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint
or Google Docs presentation.
Perform online research using various search engines and library databases.
Communicate through email and participate in discussion boards.
For a complete list of general skills that are required for participation in online
courses, refer to the Prerequisites section of the Student Orientation document,
found at the beginning of this course.
Middle School US History, Semester B, is a 0.5-credit course.
pencil or pen
computer with Internet connection and speakers or headphones
Microsoft Word or equivalent
Microsoft PowerPoint or equivalent
Some course readings may require a visit to your school library or public library.
Course Pacing Guide
This course description and pacing guide is intended to help you stay on schedule with
your work. Note that your course instructor may modify the schedule to meet the
specific needs of your class.
Unit 1: A Young Nation
This unit focuses on the development of the United States during the early nineteenth
century. First you’ll explore how the Louisiana Purchase shaped the growth of the
nation. Next you’ll examine the causes and effects of the War of 1812. Then you will
analyze the impact of industrialization on the United States in the early 1800s. Finally,
you’ll learn about important foreign and domestic policies of the Monroe era.
Unit 2: The Nation Expands
This unit focuses on the development of the United States during the mid-nineteenth
century. You’ll learn about Andrew Jackson’s actions as the president of the nation.
Next you’ll examine the cultural, economic, and political impact of westward expansion.
You’ll explore important reform movements during the mid-1800s. You’ll analyze the
differences between the North and the South before the Civil War and trace the origins
of the abolitionist movement.
Unit 3: A Nation Divided
This unit focuses on the Civil War, one of the most significant events of US history.
You’ll examine the events that led to the Civil War and explore the major events of the
war’s early years. You’ll analyze the impact of the war on the Northern and Southern
economies and explore the last years of the Civil War.
Unit 4: A Nation Reunited
This unit focuses on the Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. You’ll
examine the different plans to reunite the North and the South after the Civil War. You’ll
analyze the political conflicts that took place over the Reconstruction plan. Finally, you’ll
explore the impact of Reconstruction on the nation.