Middle School U.S. History B

Enrollment Message:

Students require access to YouTube

This is the second segment of a year-long course. In this course, students will explore the history of the United States and analyze the cause and effect in historical events. They will investigate history by using the tools of a historian to examine the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events that influenced the development of the United States. Students will imagine what it was like to live in the past by reading the stories from the people who experienced it. This course begins with the engaging stories of what brought the earliest American colonists to the New World and ends with the struggles to repair the United States following the Civil War. Engaging in this study allows students to recognize the themes of history that span across centuries and leads to a greater appreciation of the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Identify major ecosystems of the United States
  • Describe how humans have depended on and affected the environment of the United States
  • Identify and compare the relationships among the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch during the colonization of North America
  • Identify and locate the Southern, Middle, and New England colonies
  • Analyze the impact of slavery on America’s economy
  • Examine the impact of the Columbian Exchange
  • Describe the effects of the French and Indian War on the French, British, and Native Americans
  • Examine the Declaration of Independence
  • Investigate the effects of the outcome of the American Revolution
  • Describe contributions of Africans, Native Americans, women, and children to colonial American society
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • Examine the experiences and significance of the Lewis and Clark expedition
  • Analyze the meaning of Manifest Destiny
  • Describe the impact of the Trail of Tears
  • Examine the role of women and children on industrial growth
  • Compare principles of U.S. constitutional government
  • Analyze the impact of the Second Great Awakening on social reform
  • Analyze the significance of the Underground Railroad
  • Explore trials and tribulations surrounding women's right to vote
  • Explain the causes of the Civil War
  • Understand varying points of view related to slavery
  • Explain the policies of Reconstruction and describe how these events affected life in the United States

Course Outline:

Module 5: Movement

Module 6: Advances

Module 7: Ideas

Module 8: Conflict

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/

The Middle School US History course v14.3 is mobile friendly, meaning largely free of flash, but is not 100% flash free. It contains four lessons with flash assets and uses a learning object throughout the course that is flash based. Lessons: 01.02.02 (module 1, lesson 2, page 2); 04.01.05 (module 4, lesson 1, page 5); 07.05.01 (module 7, lesson 5, page 1); 08.04.03 (module 8, lesson 4, page 3).

Lightweight devices such as Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, and tablets have limited support for Java which still appears in a small percentage of FLVS courses. FLVS has worked to de-Flash its courses. Students may need extra work-around steps or alternate browsers to engage with some portions of select courses or may be required to utlize text-alternatives for some interactive objects. FLVS recommends students have a Windows or Mac based computer available to complete coursework in the event that your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course. Fully supported Operating Systems for FLVS courses include Windows (7 or higher), Mac OS X (10.8 or higher), and MacOS (10.12 or higher). Supported Browsers include the most recent versions of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari on devices that support Java and HTML5. Browsers need to be up to date, and some FLVS courses may require installation or enabling of the following Plug-ins: JavaScript enabled, Cookies enabled, Java installed. https://www.flvs.net/student-resources/system-requirements

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: None


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Michigan K-8 Grade Level Content Expectations
NCAA Approved: N/A - Grade Level
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Michigan Virtual (Brightspace)
NCES Code: 04101
MDE Endorsement Code: CC - History
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus