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African American History: The Legendary John Lewis || Black History

Social Studies

Super Smart Citizens: Talking About American Political Philosophy and History

In this 12 week course, students will learn how to discuss American History, the political philosophy that influenced the founding fathers of America, and how it influences American politics today.
Scott Steffens, M.A.
27 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 5 learners
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 12 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

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
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Students will know the history of the development of Constitutional government. 

Students will know the Divine Right Theory as it relates to the age of absolutism in Europe

Students will know the development of the English radical tradition as it relates to how some European thinkers reacted to the reign of absolute monarchs in European countries. 

Students will know the ideas of John Locke and how they influenced American political thinkers like Thomas Jefferson 

Students will know events in America that led to the Declaration of Independence 

Students will know the principles of government written down in the Declaration of Independence 

Students will know how to apply their knowledge to modern political issues. 
I am a credentialed social studies teacher in California with five years of experience teaching US history in public and private schools. I also have a Masters Degree in History from Sonoma State University. The way I teach subjects with political topics is to stay objective and not to bring any of my political beliefs into the classroom. I will not attempt to change any beliefs of the students. This class will be a safe place for students to openly discuss ideas and opinions related to the topic. 
There will be weekly homework assignments in between classes. However, they will be small as I do not believe in overwhelming students with lots of unnecessary busy work. Most homework assignments will only require at most an hour of time a week. The largest homework assignment will be an essay that will be assigned on week 8 and will be due on week 11. All homework assignments will be posted on the class google classroom page that all students will have access to as long as they have a google account. 
Notebook. I will provide all other handouts.
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I will give letter grades for the homework and essay assignment in this class. I will also do informal assessments during some weeks that will involve students playing a fun trivia game called Kahoot, which is an online app. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Modern day political issues will be a part of the class discussions such as equality, civil rights, and government authority. Since this is a US history course, sensitive issues related to the topic may arise, such as slavery, equality, and civil rights. 
This course will use historic documents such as the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, the US Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and other primary source documents written in the 17th and 18th centuries. 


Scott Steffens, M.A.History and English Teacher, Cook, Gardener, and Self-Proclaimed History Buff
27 total reviews
35 completed classes

About Me

Hello! Thank you for visiting my profile. My name is Scott Steffens. I am a fun loving, energetic, passionate teacher who loves to create a fun and fascinating learning environment. I am a credentialed History and English teacher from California... 
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