Social Studies

A Young People’s History of the United States

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.
239 total reviews for this teacher
30 reviews for this class
Completed by 124 learners

45 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 12 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Sep 26

Sep 26 - Dec 21 (12 weeks)
Mo, We
5:15pm - 6pm

Tue Sep 27

Sep 27 - Dec 22 (12 weeks)
Tu, Th
5:15pm - 6pm

Tue Sep 27

Sep 27 - Dec 22 (12 weeks)
Tu, Th
8:15pm - 9pm

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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. 
Reading and project assignments will take learners two to three hours per week outside of class to complete. 
— Weekly reading assignments: two to four chapters per week from A Young People’s History of the United States. This is an ambitious reading goal and reading guides will be provided to help learners access information as efficiently as possible.  
— Weekly writing, art or research project based on the reading assignment
— Weekly quiz
— Final quiz 
— Final project 
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:
This class is for learners who just want to learn more about Zinn’s book and people's history, as well as learners who want to get a letter of competition. There is about three hours of outside classroom reading and homework per week. See the rubric below for how the learner will be evaluated if they are seeking a letter of completion.

Evaluation Rubric 
- Weekly Quiz-10 Points (1 Point Per Quiz)
- Final Quiz-10 Points 
- Weekly Project- 20 Points (2 Points Per Project)
- Final Project -20 Points
- Classroom Discussion and Participation-40 Points 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
We will be discussing historical and political events as presented by Howard Zinn. Students are encouraged 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. 
Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States.


Beth Foster
Lives in the United States
Social Studies and English Teacher at The Foster Woods Folk School
239 total reviews
195 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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