Volume 1
A History of the United States: Precolonial to the 1800s

Volume 2
Modern Times–Late 1800s to the 2000s


Engaging, Challenging, and Thought-Provoking New Features!

The Student Volumes provide traditional narrative text and high-quality images. Interspersed with the text and images are three new features:

  • Think Twice boxes pose questions for students to answer, either in writing or in oral discussion. These questions prompt a deeper analysis of the text.
  • Find Out the Facts boxes prompt students to conduct research on a specified topic.
  • Writers’ Corner boxes present students with writing tasks, such as essays, reports, and creative compositions.

The Teacher Guide, contains the already established elements, such as the Daily Check For Understanding and Additional Activities. In addition there are also new features.

  • The Learning Lab provides additional time for students to complete the new Student Volume features, before the chapter is wrapped up.
  • A Talk it Over opportunity encourages discussion or debate, either in the Guided Reading Support, or in the Additional Activities.
  • When Primary Source documents are used within a lesson, the importance of such resources is highlighted.
  • Finally, select American History chapters offer opportunities for Civic Action and involvement.  This part of the CKHG series feature, “The Pathway to Citizenship,” focuses on the foundational knowledge students need in order to become literate citizens.

These materials are designed for a full year use in Middle School. The complete U.S. History text can be used in either 7th or 8th grade for schools following the Core Knowledge Sequence.


Meet the Authors

Dr. Andrea Oliver

Dr. Oliver was awarded a Doctorate in History, with a concentration on 20th Century Intellectual and African American History, at Florida State. Dr. Oliver is an award-winning educator, with over twenty-five years of experience.  For five years, Dr. Oliver was the Coordinator of Teacher Education at Tallahassee Community College. Dr. Oliver was recognized as one of sixty community college professors nationwide with the Excellence in Teaching Award at the National Institute for Organizational and Staff Development (NISOD). Dr. Oliver is currently working on a book about the first Black valedictorians and salutatorians of formerly segregated Southern schools.


Dr. John Recchiuti

Dr. Recchiuti studied at Wesleyan University and at Warwick University, U.K., before earning a Doctorate in History at Columbia University. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and New York University. He is the Saffell Endowed Chair in Humanities at the University of Mount Union, and a member of the National Council for Education. His 2007 book, Civic Engagement, was nominated for the Bancroft and Parkman prizes.


8 comments on “New Middle School U.S. History Curriculum Coming Soon!”

  1. 1
    kelly thompson on March 3, 2021

    very excited to check it out

  2. 2
    Liese Rhodus on March 3, 2021

    We will be adopting new texts and materials for next year. Do you have desk copies available or an example unit we could take a look at?

  3. 3
    Core Knowledge on March 3, 2021

    Thank you for your interest in CKHG middle school!

    While we do not currently have any desk copies in stock, we anticipate that we will begin posting unit materials online (www.coreknowledge.org/curriculum/download-curriculum/) in the late-spring.

    If you would like to schedule a call for our team to walk you through materials, please contact us (www.coreknowledge.org/about-us/contact-us/).

  4. 4
    Laura on March 3, 2021

    Is there a table of contents that we can review to see what is covered?

    1. 5
      Core Knowledge on March 3, 2021

      We will post a TOC in the near future. In the meantime, please review the topics below. Each chapter will focus on one of these topics.

      The First Americans
      European Exploration and Colonization
      The US Constitution
      The New Republic and The War of 1812
      Westward Expansion Before the Civil War
      The Civil War and Reconstruction
      Westward Expansion After the Civil War
      Native Americans: Cultures and Conflicts
      Immigration, Industrialization, and Urbanization
      Social Movements and Reform
      World War I
      The Twenties and the Great Depression
      World War II
      Postwar America and the Cold War, Vietnam, and the Age of Civil Rights
      The United States at Home and on the World Stage
      The Challenges Ahead and Powerful Voices

  5. 6
    Simon Johnson on March 3, 2021

    How many units per Volume?

    1. 7
      Core Knowledge on March 3, 2021

      The design of the American History CKHG middle school program differs from earlier grades in the series. Instead of individual units, the program is divided into two large volumes. Volume 1 contains nine chapters that span from the earliest known migration to the Americas to westward expansion after the U.S. Civil War; and, Volume 2 is comprised of eight chapters and continues the American story through to current events. The chapters are extensive (i.e., 20–30 pages in length), with each volume is totaling approximately 200+ pages.

      We anticipate that we will begin to post materials starting in late spring.

  6. 8
    Heather Ullrich on March 5, 2021

    As a PK-8 charter school, we highly anticipate this new curriculum-can’t wait to see it!!

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