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American History: Middle School Social Studies Class 2 Of 2

In this semester long course, students will examine American history from industrialism to modern day current events 1830s - 20th century.
Jennifer Gerber, MBA, MAT
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45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 13 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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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
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   1.) Students will develop compelling questions related to the development of the United States between 1800s - present.
2.) Students will generate supporting questions, using the disciplines of social studies, to help answer compelling questions in U.S. history between 1800s-present.
3.) Students will evaluate the types of supporting questions each of the social studies disciplines uses to answer compelling and supporting questions.
4.) Students will analyze the origin and purposes of rule of law, popular sovereignty,
federalism, separation of powers and checks and balances.
5.) Students will analyze the impact of the issue of slavery and how it led to the civil war in the United States.
6.) Students will explain how a system of checks and balances is intended to prevent a concentration of power in one branch.
7.) Students will analyze the role of citizens in the U.S. political system, with attention to the definition of who is a citizen, expansion of that definition over time and changes in participation over time.
8.) Students will analyze expansion of and restriction on citizenship and voting rights on diverse groups in the United States from Reconstruction through the Voter's Registration Act of 1965.                                                                                                                                                                             9.) Students will analyze how groups in the United States have challenged Constitutional provisions, laws and court rulings denying them the rights of citizens.
10.) Students will describe the impact of supply and demand on equilibrium prices and quantities produced in the United States from the period pre Civil War through Reconstruction and into the 20th century.
11.) Students will assess the ways factors of production are combined in innovative ways resulting in economic growth and increased standards of living.
12.) Students will analyze how cultural and technological changes influenced how people interacted with their environments in the United States from the period of industrialism through the 20th century.
13.) Students will construct arguments by drawing on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how multiple perspectives, diversity and conflict and compromise impacted the development of the United States.
I am a certified secondary teacher and have been teaching Social Studies and English Language Arts to middle school and high school students for the past 12 years.  In addition, I have a Masters degree in Teaching with a concentration in English Language Arts and History.  Also, I am a published author and beta writer for other published authors in both academic writing and fiction writing.
Students will be assigned reading that they will be expected to have completed before the next class time.  In addition, they will receive short answer and open response questions to help guide their reading and to demonstrate mastery of the content.  
Class Materials: 1” - 3-ring binder (optional) Set of notebook tab dividers (at least 5 dividers) (optional) Set of Pencils and Pens (blue, black and red) Assorted Highlighters Markers Colored Pencils Loose-leaf paper Post-Its Textbook: "The Story of Civilization: The History of the United States" Volume IV By: Phillip Campbell
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I will be giving a formative assessment each week through google forms, as well as a summative each month.  Any writing assignments will also have a corresponding rubric that students work will be graded against.  They will receive feedback from me on a regular basis for all assignments submitted.  I can grade by either standards based grading or provide a numerical grade/ letter grading 0-100; A-F at the parents request.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
During this class, students will be discussing slavery in the United States, issues that sparked the Civil War, Jim Crowe Laws, Segregation, Trail of Tears and US policies that impacted Native Americans, WWI, Women's Rights, WWII and the Holocaust, Brown vs The Board of Education, the Civil Rights Movement, and other 20th century political issues that impacted our country.
We will be using excerpts from the textbook "The Story of Civilization: The History of the United States" Volume IV By: Phillip Campbell during both semester 1 and 2 of this course, as well as, History Alive.  In addition, I will be using non fiction articles, memoirs, and documentaries.  Primarily, I will be using primary source documents from Guilder Lehrman when teaching this course.


Jennifer Gerber, MBA, MAT
Lives in the United States
Certified teaching professional with a passion for kids and unlocking their hidden potential.
79 total reviews
69 completed classes

About Me

Hello students and families,

My name is Jennifer Gerber, and I have been teaching middle school, high school, and college level classes for the past 12 years. I have experience teaching English, History, Chemistry, Physics, Earth/ Space Science,... 
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