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History of the United States Government (Full Year) - Part 1 of 3 - Self-Paced

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Nicole Trusky
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(450)
In this 10-week course, students will study and analyze various aspects of US government through historical documents and other primary sources. This is part 1 of a full year course.

Class experience

2 units//10 lessons//10 Weeks
Unit 1Democracy
5 lessons5 Weeks
Democracy
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Lesson One
-We will begin this week by briefly covering Greek and Roman ideas of democracy, as well as how the Founders of the US may have viewed democracy -Then we will discuss what democracy means to them and each student will write their own definition of democracy -How Ordinary Americans Define Democracy in the 21st Century lesson
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Lesson Two
-Haudenosaunee Confederacy's Influence on American Democracy lesson -Thomas Paine and Common Sense lesson
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Lesson Three
-James Madison and the Constitution lesson -Thomas Jefferson and the Main Responsibilities of Government lesson -Andrew Jackson and the "Common Man" lesson
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Lesson Four
-Frederick Douglass's Thoughts on Democracy lesson -Abraham Lincoln's Definition of Democracy lesson -Susan B. Anthony and the Constitution lesson
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Lesson Five
-John F. Kennedy and the US role in the World lesson -Ronald Reagan and American "Greatness" lesson -Barack Obama and Flaws in the Union lesson
Unit 2Equality
5 lessons5 Weeks
Equality
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Lesson Six
-We will begin this week by discussing what equality means and how ideas on equality have changed over time. -The Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage (2015) lesson --Equality is a concept that has changed so many times over the course of US history. I think it helps learners to have a more contemporary example of legal changes in equality to relate to before jumping in to the earlier historical documents. -The Constitution and Slavery lesson -Cherokee Nation and Equal Rights lesson
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Lesson Seven
-Sojourner Truth "Ain't I a Woman?" lesson -Dred Scott lesson -John Brown and Unjust Laws lesson
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Lesson Eight
-Is Separate But Equal Really Equal? lesson -Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Equality for Women lesson
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Lesson Nine
-Chinese Exclusion lesson -Hiram Evans and the KKK's Idea of "Americanism" lesson
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Lesson Ten
-Overturning Segregation lesson -Malcolm X and Racial Equality lesson -Closing thoughts on equality
When students complete this class, they should be able to look at any historic document and "source" it. They will be able to determine who the author is, what the author's authority is, and how reliable the resource is.
They will know what primary and secondary sources are.
They will be able to relate the historical sources we read to the aspect of United States government that we are studying.
They will be able to related historical sources to modern day issues.
They will understand certain aspects of United States government and how those aspects changed throughout the country's history.
My Masters degree is in American Studies and I spent a great deal of my graduate studies focusing on the Civil War, Westward Expansion, and the Industrial Revolution. I have been teaching this course in person to homeschoolers for a year and have been teaching History on Outschool for almost as long. I am constantly reading new works from prominent historians and I attend professional development courses each summer through The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which helps me keep up to date on historical scholarship. 
Homework Offered
Each week, students will have work to do that would have been considered "in class" work if this were a live class. Instead, this could all be considered homework and students should expect there to be work to do each week. All work will be given in pdf form so that students can print the worksheets or they can upload the pdf to kamiapp.com and type directly onto the pdf.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will be assessed through the work that they complete and turn in. I will respond to assignments that are turned in.
Grades Offered
Students will be given pdfs each week that contain the in-class work and homework. These pdfs need to be printed or if the student prefers to type answers, pdfs can be uploaded to the Kami App website and students can type directly onto the pdfs.
As with any US History course, we will be covering topics like death, war, racism, slavery, and sexism. I will not shy away from these topics, but will help the students understand that though racism, slavery, sexism, etc. are part of the fabric of American History, they are not acceptable by our standards today. 
I use almost entirely primary sources as the curriculum for my History courses. Students will be reading primary sources during class and working to analyze those primary sources. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(450)
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Hi everyone! I'm Nicole Trusky, a homeschooling mom of three and lover of all things history and pop culture! I have a Master in Humanities with a concentration in American Studies and have been studying history for as long as I can remember (my... 
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