US History

Course Number: 202/203

Open To:
Grade 11

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: History/Social Science “A” requirement. Satisfies one year of Social Studies graduation requirement.

Course Description:

United States History is a full-year course for juniors. In this course, students will acquire knowledge of American history from the colonial period to present-day, with major emphasis on the development of American ideals and institutions. Students will use primary source documents and other resources to supplement the text as they study the social, cultural, intellectual, economic, political, and diplomatic history of our country. Current events will be discussed frequently to enable students to make informed decisions as responsible citizens. The geography of the places studied will be stressed as well.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Lapsansky-Werner, Emma J., et al. California United States History: The Twentieth Century. Pearson  Education Inc, 2019. ISBN 9780328986910

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the textbook directly from the Pearson Website. Please follow these instructions for purchasing:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the school zip code 92116
  3. Select Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select your course

For each course, you will see two options listed. The more expensive option is for the print textbook + the e-textbook/digital courseware access. The less expensive option is for the e-textbook/digital courseware access only. Either option is fine and is up to the student’s preference.  

If purchasing the e-textbook, please forward your order confirmation to the Librarian, Mrs. MacManus ([email protected]), so she can create your student account.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes