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Thematic U.S. History: Exploring History by Asking Big Questions, Part 1 Of 2

Darby Kennedy, MA
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(131)
In this 15 week course, learners will explore major questions and themes that occur throughout U.S. history.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Intermediate Level
This class is taught in English.
Students will develop skills of historical interpretation and critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of why it is important to study the history of human interaction in the world. Class discussion promotes good communication skills, and encourages mutual respect for people with different opinions. 
I have a BA in Political Science, History, and Secondary Education and a MA in American Studies. I have over 10 years of experience teaching high school and college students social studies and critical thinking skills, and have been developing curriculum for homeschooled students for the last 6 years. I am currently serving as an Education Ambassador for the Council on Foreign Relations and have been selected as a Teacher Ambassador for Retro Report. My expertise in teaching is in helping students see the many ways that history, geography, politics, and economics intersect. 
Homework Offered
Each week, students will prepare for class meetings though reading, watching assigned videos, and responding to a journal prompt. Homework will take 1-2 hours weekly, and serves to prepare students for class discussion and activities.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students who choose to take the class for a grade will be expected to complete a summative project due the last week of class. There will be an opportunity for students to present their project to the class, though that is not required. Project options will be provided and will include both research-based and creative options. Projects are graded based on a provided grading rubric. The final project is work 30% of the final grade.
Grades Offered
All students will be provided with a summary of topics and skills covered in class. Students who wish to receive a grade for their work in this class will be assessed using the following: - Class Participation 35% - - Weekly Journal submission 35% -- Final project 30%
The study of human history is full of potential controversy. In my classes, I welcome civil, informed discussion. This class will cover the reality of the history of the United States, including topics that some students and their families may find uncomfortable. As most historians will tell you, studying history should make you uncomfortable.
Some Of The Sources That Will Be Used To Inform This Class:

“History Lessons.” Stanford History Education Group, sheg.stanford.edu/history-lessons.

JSTOR Daily. JSTOR Daily. daily.jstor.org.

Lepore, Jill. These Truths: A History of the United States. United States of America, Norton, 2019.

Metro, Rosalie. Teaching U.S. History Thematically: Document-Based Lessons for the Secondary Classroom. Kindle ed., Teachers College Press, 2017.

Meyer, Raoul, and John Green. “Crash Course - USHistory.” YouTube, uploaded by The Crash Course, https://thecrashcourse.com/topic/ushistory/.

“The American Yawp.” Stanford University Press, www.americanyawp.com.

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, www.gilderlehrman.org.

Star Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(131)
Hello! I am a longtime teacher and a lifelong learner. I am passionate about helping middle and high school students find meaningful connections within the social studies. I strongly believe that learning happens more easily when students see how... 
Group Class


for 30 classes
2x per week, 15 weeks
55 min

Completed by 29 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
3-12 learners per class

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