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A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to Spanish-American War (to 1900)

Heather DeGeorge, MAT, PMP
Average rating:4.5Number of reviews:(238)
This young teen course uses the Howard Zinn text to learn US history from a the perspective of those we never hear about...

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 10
Students will have a clear understanding of the major eras and events in US History with strong exposure to the voices of the marginalized and oppressed in our nation.
Trained in Shared Inquiry discussion through Great Books Foundation, multiple coaching certifications (coaching is the facilitation of a discussion through difficult, challenging and uncomfortable realizations) and Master's of Teaching Secondary Education in a program heavily focused on the challenges of urban education and class/race/culture disconnects.  Instructor was also raised in a biracial family, currently part of a transracial family and takes great care to "do the work" of trying to be a better person in a diverse world. 
Homework Offered
Students will be assigned reading each week. This is usually not more than 25 pages. Parents who would like their students to participate in the additional assignments (writing and research assignments) can note this upon registration and students will be added to a learning management system where assignments will be assigned and reviewed.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Upon request, parents can be given a paragraph summary of their student's performance in the course including which components their student participated in.
Grades Offered
“A Young People’s History of the United States” found on Amazon or your favorite bookseller.  We will be using the single volume version.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
This course is meant for students starting high school/early rhetoric stage (ages 13-15).  Themes and topics are more challenging in this text, which is directed towards teens in families that embrace open communication around privilege, bias, racism and varied cultural experiences. Conversation will challenge students to see history from the perspective of the underprivileged and marginalized populations in history.  If your student would be uncomfortable and possibly inappropriate in discussing some of these topics, this may not be a good fit for them.
STUDENTS NEED THEIR OWN COPY OF THE TEXT.  We will be using Howard Zinn's "A Young People's History of the United States".  We will be using the SINGLE BOOK version which has some additional pages here and there.  Please be mindful that this is the YOUNG PEOPLE'S edition of the book and therefore skips some topics (ie: Salem witch trials).  The reading is relatively light but the discussion is more mature.
Average rating:4.5Number of reviews:(238)
Hello!  Everything I teach is driven with the goal of making students THINK rather than memorize and repeat.  My own ability to navigate the changes of life successfully have everything to do with having critical thinking and analytical skills.  I... 
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for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
50 min

Completed by 21 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-16
5-12 learners per class

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