I teach a cross-disciplinary course that combines history and Language Arts. Does anyone teach American Studies? I teach American Studies I specifically, which encompasses colonization to Reconstruction. If anyone else teaches this class, I would be interested in the kinds of books, short stories, or poetry you might include in your curriculum.
Interested in your thoughts.
I teach American Studies and I have for 14 years. Our class goes from the Puritans through modern day. (Theoretically) I can talk to my teaching partner for a list of all of the materials we use but if you have a unit in mind I can tell you what we have assigned.
I teach American Literature and U.S. History. For this time period, you can use Native American myths, slave narratives, The Red Badge of Courage, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, Anne Bradstreet poetry, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Abigal and John Adams's letters...there is so much. You can also find American literature textbook websites, and look at what they include for this time period.
Chris - I am the English teacher in a 10th grade Interdisc course combining American History (like yours, colonization to Reconstruction). We pair the timline with thematically related texts and focus on literacy across both disciplines. Here is the rough curriculum of our first year http://kennettenglish.blogspot.com/p/period.html
Hope this helps - would love suggestions from anyone!