High School US History - Winter Quarter
Teacher: Stephanie Berry
Cost: $330 or $310 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments
two hour class
Mat Fee: $30
Homework: reading and some writing. This class that is designed to last a full year. Reading must be done weekly at home and there weekly homework assignments.
This class is designed to cover all of the US History High School requirements, but also ensure that students have a fabulous foundation in the pivotal events in our country. It is designed as a year long course covering the migration of Native Americans to present time. Because we will only get to be together for 32 weeks, and we will be watching several movies in the class, there will be learning that is done outside of the class. In the textbook that we will be using, there will be about 40 pages of reading assigned each week. However, there are many textbooks available that cover the same time period. Feel free to use a different textbook that covers the same time period (that is approved by your charter if you are in a charter!), and you will be fine. The presentations done in class will cover the same information that is in the assigned textbook. Please note that the assigned textbook also comes in an audio book if that is preferred. The class is designed to be multi-media in approach with an emphasis on reading & interpreting complex text and writing. The movies we will be watching in class will be a combination of Hollywood movies and documentaries. When we watch Hollywood movies, we will be looking at the impact of the movie, how accurately they portrayed history, and the impact of learning history using this medium. In each quarter, we will be working on both group projects and individual projects with an objective of helping students support their ideas with historical knowledge, synthesis of information, and an understanding of historical patterns. In short, the class will support students starting to make connections between all of their historical studies.
Week 1 Post- Independence; Constitution & Bill of Rights, Hamilton vs. Jefferson, National vs States Rights battles, Federalists vs Anti-Federalists
Week 2: HAMILTON! A look at the Musical and what Hamilton stood for!
Week 3: Jefferson's Administration; Jefferson’s revolution of 1800, Louisiana Purchase, Diplomacy, War of 1812
Week 4: Growth of Nationalism: Rise of Nationalism and comparison to current events, Westward expansion, Missouri Compromise, Marshall Court, Monroe Doctrine
Week 5: Jacksonian Era in America – The American Lion - Andrew Jackson’s rise to the Presidency, the new Democratic Party, Trail of Tears
Week 6: Slavery Grows in America - Frederick Douglass, Events leading to the Civil War, Uncle Tom’s Cabin vs. Gone with the Wind, the Economics of Slavery, Missouri Compromise, Harper’s Ferry
Week 7: Slavery and the Civil War - Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott, John Brown and the Election of 1860
Week 8 Civil War; Lincoln & the Civil War; military strategies, the failures of the Northern Generals, differences between the north and south, major battles
Week 9 – Civil War continued - Lincoln & the Civil War continued; focus on the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg, Sherman’s March to the Sea, Appomattox
Week 10 –Reconstruction Begins - Reconstruction, Carpet Baggers, Freedom from Slavery, rise of the KKK, economic recovery of the South,