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Social Studies

A Young People’s History of the United States (Flex)

This course teaches U.S. history from a different perspective, using Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States as the text book.
Beth Foster
265 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 23 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
No live meetings
Over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

The learning goal of this course is to understand a different perspective of history than one learners are most often presented. It is also to develop critical thinking skills and to question from what perspective historical information is being presented. 
This flex class is for learners who just want to learn more about the Zinn's book and people's history, as well as students who want to get a letter of competition. For learners who are just seeking to learn, homework is optional but highly recommended. For those learners seeking a letter of completion, there is about 4-5 hours of homework to be completed each week. See the rubric below for how the learner will be evaluated. For those students seeking a letter of completion. I will provide an assessment each weekend of the previous week’s assignments. 
A hard copy or electronic copy of Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Weekly Evaluation Rubric 
- Comprehension Quiz 30 Points
- Classroom Discussion Question Participation 35 Points
- Writing Assignment 35 Points

Final Assessment for the class is based 50 percent on the weekly evaluation and 50 percent on the final research paper. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
We will be discussing historical and political events as presented by Howard Zinn. Students are encourage to agree and disagree with what they read, and to question perspective. Obviously, students will come to the classroom with their own opinions and political allegiances. While students may introduce partisan conversation into the discussion, I will work to ensure that conversations stay civil and rooted in discussion, analysis and historical events. 


Beth Foster
Lives in the United States
The Foster Woods Folk School, Teaching Social Studies and English Language Arts within an EcoSocial Justice Framework
265 total reviews
205 completed classes

About Me

Stories are the beginning of understanding ourselves and the world, our place in history, and how we can create a better time and place for ourselves and those who will come after us. I love stories — reading stories, writing stories, hearing... 
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