American History

Do you love history? If not, you may have been taught history by memorizing dates and facts in a way that was boring. History is not boring! We do our students an injustice when we teach it in a boring way. History is exciting, scary, funny and bizarre. The study of history is a window into the past that provides understanding of the present-day, and how individuals, nations, and the global community might develop in the future. Historical study instructs how societies came to be and examines cultural, political, social, and economic influences across time and space. It teaches us where we come from and where we are likely to be going. We learn not only from our mistakes, but also from the mistakes of others. It inspires us as we learn about ordinary men, women and children who do great things often in difficult circumstances against great odds. And it lets us know that we are not alone, that others have succeeded in similar circumstances.

In this 32 week, 1-1/2 hour class we will explore American history from the time Native Americans were the main inhabitants of America to modern times. Special emphasis will be given to important documents that led to the development of America and to current events. We will look at how events from our past are currently impacting today and how decisions we make today are likely to impact those of the future. Different forms of media will be used to address events and people in our country’s history. Students will also be given opportunities to develop their creative writing and presentation skills. We will debate and discuss and learn from viewpoints different from our own.

For this class you will need to purchase the Notgrass Exploring America curriculum volumes 1 & 2. We will only cover the history portion of this curriculum, not the American Literature or Bible portion. However, you can do these on your own.

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Class Homework requirements: 1-2 hours per week

Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 9-12
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $50
Tutor: Michelle Stevens

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2020-21 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.