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American History: Semester Course Part 1 Pre-Contact to the Civil War

Social Studies

History of the United States of America-The Early Beginnings Through Early-1800s

In this mini-course, students will learn about the beginnings of North American history from the first Indigenous People through the Jacksonian era (the 1400s-1820s).
Wendy Wawrzyniak
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Students will chronicle the events that characterized the early history of America.
Students will be able to recall and describe:
The effects the Europeans' arrival had on the Indigenous populations, including, but not limited to Iroquois, Pueblo, Chinook, and Plains.
The impact of English settlements and the subsequent conflict that would follow.
The inspiration and causes of the American Revolution
The weaknesses of the first plan of government in the US
The process of writing the US Constitution and the problems in doing so
The various influences on the writing of the Constitution.
How the early political parties developed and what their differences were.
The major events of the presidencies of Jefferson through Monroe
The moral reforms of the early 1800s.
Why the Presidency of Andrew Jackson was a turning point in US history.

I have over 30 years of experience teaching, including over 20 years of teaching history. I am well-versed in helping students to develop historical thinking skills, as well as using evidence to back up their claims.
I am able to present history in an unbiased fashion, using factual information, primary sources, and other data that allow students to arrive at their own conclusions. 
I have over four decades of classroom experience teaching students a variety of controversial or sensitive topics and have honed the craft of creating boundaries of acceptability for my students. They must always have evidence to back up claims. The same is true in my lessons. All content that is taught is backed up by either unbiased sources of information or multiple perspectives. 
Students will be asked to read from text provided in pdf format so they have some advance, background information to contribute to the discussion.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Student progress will be assessed using a mid-term and end of course assessment in the form of multiple-choice and written answer questions. Additionally, class participation will be taken into account.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Please note that in covering the early history of the United States of America, there are many sensitive topics, including marginalized groups (i.e. the forced migration of Africans for forced labor) and references to war (The Revolutionary War, the 7 Year War, and the War of 1812). 
Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States"
"National Museum of the American Indian"
Princeton Review- College Board (C) AP curriculum/content
Florida Sunshine State Standards


Wendy Wawrzyniak
Lives in the United States
AP History Test Success Coach M.S. Education
63 total reviews
130 completed classes

About Me

With many years of teaching experience and a Master's Degree in education, I can pretty much teach anything to anyone! My students have ranged from beginners through AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) high school... 
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