Social Studies

They Ruled: History's Best, Worst, and Weirdest Leaders

Each week we will examine a different king, queen, president, or other leader from history, using images, primary sources, & discussion to examine their life and evaluate their leadership qualities.
Nelson Dean, M.Ed.
193 total reviews for this teacher
New class

35 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Thu Jun 9

Meets Once per week
12am - 12:35am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.

Next on Fri Jun 17

Meets Once per week
4pm - 4:35pm

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Class Experience

I have taught AP World History, AP European History, AP Art History, and AP English for ten years in a brick-and-mortar high school, and I have worked with students on Outschool for three years ranging in age from 6 to 16, so I have a strong background in historical content knowledge and analysis, as well as experience working with a wide array of different learners. 
35 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
While this does not represent an exhaustive list of sources used, these are some of the main secondary authors used by the instructor to prepare for the course:

Michael Farquar's A Treasury of Royal Scandals
A. Adu Boahen's Yaa Asantewaa and the Asante-British War
Jung Chang's Empress Dowager Cixi
Alison Weir's Queen of the Crusades, Isabella: She-Wolf of France
Catherine Roehig's Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh
Richard Huscroft's The Norman Conquest
Franz Herre's Ludwig II, Maria Theresa: the Great Habsburg
Modern Europe: Sources & Perspectives (ed. Swanson & Melancon)


Nelson Dean, M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Teaching Art, History, and Music!
193 total reviews
70 completed classes

About Me

I have been a high school music teacher for seventeen years, and a high school history and English teacher for the last thirteen years. In that time, I have taught a wide variety of classes including Percussion Methods, Geography, U.S. History, AP... 
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