Social Studies

A Young People’s History of the United States

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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. #academic
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(319)
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
$11 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 12 weeks
45 minutes per class

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Class Experience

US Grade 7 - 9
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 completion. 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.

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(319)
From ancient times, humans have used stories to better understand themselves and their place in the universe. Stories explain our past and how we can create a better time and world for ourselves and those who will come after us. This is the heart... 
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