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8Th Grade US History: Semester Class (Part 1)

Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(388)
A 16-week course exploring US history from colonial settlements to the Industrial Revolution.

Class experience

US Grade 8
I have been teaching at Outschool for 2 years. I strive to teach social studies, civics, and history in a way that inspires and entertains while fostering curiosity and critical thinking. 

I love teaching and Outschool allows me to share my passions for various subjects with young minds. I've taught (as a guest) both middle, elementary, and high school social studies, government civics, technology, and history. I’ve taught at the University of Maryland and am currently an adjunct law professor at Catholic University School of Law in Washington, DC. I have also taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in Brunswick, Georgia and have published in several academic legal journals and publications    
Homework Offered
Completion of several worksheets and essay questions will be required. Reading assignments will be assigned weekly..
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessment will be by letter grade. There will be two graded exams and several quizzes. Upon completion there will be a written report with a final grade for the course.
Grades Offered
Students will be given pdfs each week that contains the in-class work and homework. 
The class will address armed conflicts. Class discussion will focus on the lasting legacy of these conflicts and how they continue to shape the world today. Students will be expected and required to respect different views and experiences. To this end, we will look at events from varying perspectives, with a focus on objective and provable facts. 
Sources for the class include:
Source material such as the US Constitution, Federalist Papers, and documents from the U.S. National Archive, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resource library, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 
Black Reconstruction in America, W.E.B. Du Bois (1935).
American Memory collection - historical collections for the National Digital Library, at the Library of Congress. 
History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web. (n.d.)., from http://historymatters.gmu.edu.
Edward Ball, Retracing Slavery’s Trail of Tears. Smithsonian, 2015.
Immigration to the United States, 1851-1900. 
Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900, U.S. History Primary Source Timeline: Classroom Materials at the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. 
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(388)
I am a judge, former federal prosecutor, policy counsel, and college and law school professor. My bachelor's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany in Political Science and History, with a minor in Economics. I also earned a... 
Group Class


for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
55 min

Completed by 4 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-14
1-5 learners per class

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