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

In this 15 week course, learners will explore major questions and themes that occur throughout U.S. history.
Darby Kennedy, MA
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Class Experience

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 5 years. I am currently serving as an Education Ambassador for the Council on Foreign Relations. My expertise in teaching is in helping students see the many ways that history, geography, politics, and economics intersect. 
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 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
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,

JSTOR Daily. JSTOR Daily.

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,

“The American Yawp.” Stanford University Press,

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History,


Darby Kennedy, MA
Lives in the United States
Connecting the past and present, meaningfully.
99 total reviews
37 completed classes

About Me

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... 
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