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CHA3U American History – Grade 11 (University)

  • Grade 11

PREREQUISITE: Canadian History since World War I, Grade 10, Academic or Applied

GRADE: 11 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, Blyth Academy Online

THE ONTARIO CURRICULUMCanadian and World Studies

Course Overview

CHA3U online explores key aspects of the social, economic, and political development of the United States from pre-contact to the present. Students will examine the contributions of groups and individuals to the country’s evolution and will explore the historical context of key issues, trends, and events that have had an impact on the United States, its identity and culture, and its role in the global community. In CHA3U online, students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating various forces that helped shape American history.

Discovery & Settlement

Essential Question: How did the relationship between Native Americans and European settlers develop with the expansion of colonization? What persuaded colonists to move away from Britain to make a new life in the American colonies?

In this unit, students will explore the initial discovery of the New World and the beginning of settlement. There are many different people and countries that were involved in this process, and they all had different impacts on the United States as we know it today.


Essential Question: How did ongoing conflict with the British Empire generate American nationalism? What international relationships were forged and broken during the revolution?

In this unit, students will explore the causes of the American Revolution, important historical figures involved and events that took place, as well as the aftermath and repercussions while forming an independent nation.

Civil War and Expansion

Essential Question: What were the short and long term effects of slavery? What impacts are still felt in modern American society from this time period?

In this unit, students will explore the causes and significant battles of the Civil War, and the reconstruction required following the war.

World Wars

Essential Question: Under what circumstances did the United States shift from practicing isolationism to becoming an integral power in foreign conflicts? How can we evaluate the ethics and deciding factors that led to the use of atomic bombs in warfare?

In this unit, students will explore the United States’ involvement in World War One and World War Two, including the “between” years of the Roaring 20’s and the Great Depression.

Cold War and Civil Rights

Essential Question: How did domestic and foreign conflicts inform social perspectives and political initiatives in the United States during the 1950s and 60s?

In this unit, students will focus on American involvement in the Cold War and the rise of Communism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Kennedy Years.

Modern America

Essential Question: How will the American government and its citizens be able to affect change and tackle issues such as social equality and threat of domestic and foreign terrorism?

In this unit, students will explore Modern Day United States, evaluating issues the United States experienced in the 1990’s, International Terrorism, and current events.

Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions Page or the Exam section within your course for more details on final exams and the exam fee. More information can also be found in our Student Handbook.

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