US History; American Revolution to WWI (12-14)
Teacher: Lynnette Bedard
Day/Time: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:30
Cost: $256 or $64/month for 4 months
Material Fees: $30
Learn about our nation's history in this engaging study of the events leading to our Revolution and up to WWI. This class begins by studying the ideas, issues, and events leading to the separation of the British colonies from Britain and the beginning of the United States. It is tied to the 8th grade US History standards. Students will explore the deep roots of Anglo-Saxon’s demands that The People be included in Government; they will explore the evolution of that idea by examining and comparing primary documents such as the Magna Carta, the Articles of Confederation, and the US Constitution as well as engaging in role-play to debate Federalist and Anti-Federalist arguments.
We will trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy, relating them to the emergence of major regional differences that can be seen today. Because 2014 is a mid-term election year, we will have an excellent opportunity to explore major regional candidates and how these candidates reflect their regions. Additionally, examining the much debated issue of States rights and the many Constitutional crises that have occurred over differing opinions. Students will research, examine, draw conclusions, and create a campagn poster regarding a States Right issue from the past and present.
Students will learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of Slavery and its economic and regional growth and the impact of the Civil War, including the long-lasting effects of Southern Reconstruction, specially constrasting the pros and cons of the different opinions about how to handle Reconstruction. Students will investigate the connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions with an emphasis on America’s role in WWI.
Students will engage in cooperative learning through journal entries on the classroom website. To understand US system of checks and balances, students will engage in a Mock Supreme Court Case and Congressional session as problem solving exercises. This class will focus on the emerging critical thinking skills of this age group, as well as collaborative problem solving, speaking, listening, writing, and presentation skills throughout the course.
Homework: Students will have reading and/or video viewing homework regarding the topic for the next class and should expect an average of 2-3 hours of homework each week. Student interaction with the class website will be an important part of the class, therefore instructions and assistance will be provided to assure everyone can use the website.