US History I

Course Description: 

This course covers history through 1877, taking students from pre‐Columbian events through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The course introduces students to the major themes that have defined the United States as a nation and culture while showing students how these times remain relevant in their everyday lives.​

Course Information

Interpret timelines of key historical events, people, and periods; locate significant historical places and events on maps.

Bloom’s level 3

Analyze the importance of context and point of view in historical interpretation; recognize that historians interpret the same events differently due to personal values and societal norms.

Bloom’s level 4

Identify and understand elements of historical cause and effect; recognize and understand patterns of change and continuity in history.

Bloom’s level 2

Develop journal entries that address open-ended historical questions that can be addressed through historical research and interpretation.

Bloom’s level 6

Apply terms relevant to the content appropriately and accurately.

Bloom’s level 3

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

2 Year Public College
4 Year Regional Public University #1
4 Year Private Research University
4 Year Regional Public University #2
 Lesson   Quizzes
64 Variable Variable Variable N/A
 Written  Assignments

1 Research Essay

4 Mini-Assignments

1 Writing Assignment 8 Discussions

2 Cumulative Reviews

8 Written Assignments

1 Research Essagy
 Module   Quizzes
14 6 8 8 Variable
Midterm Exam
Final Exam
4 Exams Final Exam Final Exam Midterm Exam
Final Exam
N/A Participation N/A Journal Assignments for Each Unit N/A

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

Purchasing Options


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Courses on Demand

This option is perfect for homeschooling parents and students as well as independent learners. A single license grants a student access to a single course — offered by a TEL Partner Institution utilizing TEL Curriculum. Start learning today!