Social Studies

Road to Revolution: A FLEX Class on the Causes of the American Revolution

This 5-week class, the second in a series on the American Revolution, will examine the context, the events, and the elites during the period leading up to the American Revolution.
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Over 5 weeks


year olds


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per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times

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Mon May 23

May 23 - Jun 24 (5 weeks)
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Mon May 30

May 30 - Jul 1 (5 weeks)
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Mon Jun 6

Jun 6 - Jul 8 (5 weeks)
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Mon Jun 13

Jun 13 - Jul 15 (5 weeks)
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Mon Jun 20

Jun 20 - Jul 22 (5 weeks)
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Mon Jun 27

Jun 27 - Jul 29 (5 weeks)
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Mon Jul 4

Jul 4 - Aug 5 (5 weeks)
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Mon Jul 11

Jul 11 - Aug 12 (5 weeks)
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Mon Jul 18

Jul 18 - Aug 19 (5 weeks)
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Mon Jul 25

Jul 25 - Aug 26 (5 weeks)
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Mon Aug 1

Aug 1 - Sep 2 (5 weeks)
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Mon Aug 8

Aug 8 - Sep 9 (5 weeks)
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Mon Aug 15

Aug 15 - Sep 16 (5 weeks)
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Mon Aug 22

Aug 22 - Sep 23 (5 weeks)
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Mon Aug 29

Aug 29 - Sep 30 (5 weeks)
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will become familiar with the context, events, and elites leading up to the American Revolution and gain background knowledge and rare-word vocabulary from a specific domain that will enhance their reading comprehension of nonfiction text.
I have taught this course for several years as a full-time, certified Elementary and Secondary teacher at the District of Columbia Public Schools.  I was a fellow in the Teaching American History program at the American University specifically focussing on the American Revolution.  Additionally, I received an Excellence Award from the Educational Testing Service for Outstanding performance on the PRAXIS II Test for Social Studies Content Knowledge. My unique expertise is in developing and teaching content-rich humanities units that integrate geography, history, literature, science, art, and music.  Additionally, I have developed a repertoire of strategies for teaching reading in the content area to intermediate-age students.
Each week, students will read and respond to a written text.  Assignments are designed to be completed as students read.  The amount of time necessary to complete the assignments will depend on the learner. 
All of the resources used for this class are available online at no cost. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I will provide feedback on all submitted assignments.  Completed work can be compiled into a portfolio.  If requested I will provide a letter grade and certificate.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
The content and resources for this class are age-appropriate for upper elementary students. If any content is inaccurate or culturally insensitive in any way, I will treat this as a teachable moment to clarify any inaccuracies or culturally inappropriate information or ideas. Students will use two outside resources, padlet and quizlet, both of which are on the Outschool approved list of outside resources that comply with COPPA.  Students will use padlet to pose questions, share images, and interact with each other. Students will practice vocabulary using quizlet.  Neither of these resources requires students to establish accounts.
The following are a few of the sources I used to develop the content for this class:

• Voices of the American Past: Documents in U.S. History, 5th ed. (J Chris Arndt with Raymond M. Hyser), Cengage, 2 vols., 2012. 

• Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early North America by Gary Nash.

• Africans in America by Patricia Smith and Charlies Johnson

• An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. 

• Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War by Eric G. Grundset

• The Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America's First Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers by Henry Louis Gates.

Additionally, we will utilize a wealth of original source documents that are available through the Library of Congress and National Archives online, including the Declaration of Independence, discuss relevant literature, and analyze iconic paintings.


Francesca G Dixon
Lives in the United States
Feasting on Knowledge With Ms. Dixon
23 total reviews
33 completed classes

About Me

Education should be a feast of knowledge and all students should be invited to a banquet that includes literature, history, geography, art, music, science, and math. I believe that rich content knowledge and a wide vocabulary greatly enhance... 
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