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United States History (Full Year) - Part 1 of 4 - Self-Paced

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Nicole Trusky
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(455)
In this 8 week course, students will study US History through the American Revolution. This is part 1 of a full year of US History.

Class experience

8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Intro - Thinking Like an Historian
-Topics covered: Why do two people have different stories of the same event? Why might two people remember a story differently? How do we determine who is more trustworthy? Do stories change over time? -We will learn or review what primary and secondary sources are -The Lunchroom Fight: Part 1
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Intro - Thinking Like an Historian
-Topics covered: How to source, contextualize, and corroborate a resource. How can we determine which stories are more reliable? Students will work to corroborate information from multiple sources. -The Lunchroom Fight: Part 2 -Homework will be assigned this week and will be due in Week 3 Suggested Reading prior to Week 3: "Columbus and the Indians" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Intro - Thinking Like an Historian
-Topics covered: This class will also focus heavily on corroboration. This is such an important skill to have when researching for history papers and will help students in the future when writing research papers. -Students will share their homework with the rest of the class and we will discuss the corroborating facts in each student's homework assignment -Evaluating Sources worksheet -Make Your Case activity *Suggested Reading prior to Week 4: "Black and White" chapter in A Young People's Hist
 Week 4
Lesson 4
The Middle Passage
-Topics covered: slavery, racism, social order in early America, indentured servants -Middle Passage activity Suggested Reading prior to Week 5: "Who were the Colonists?" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Colonists & Salem Witch Trials
-Topics covered: 13 Colonies, Bacon's Rebellion, indentured servitude, class lines, Puritans -Examining Passenger List activity -Salem Witch Trials activity Suggested Reading prior to Week 6: "Tyranny is Tyranny" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Lead up to the Revolution
-Topics covered: Events leading up to the American Revolution, Boston Massacre -13 Colonies map work -Stamp Act simulation -Loyalist Lesson Suggested Reading prior to Week 7: "Revolutions" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 7
Lesson 7
American Revolution
-Topics covered: Events leading up to the American Revolution, Stamp Act, battles of American Revolution -Declaration of Independence Lesson -American Revolution map work Suggested Reading prior to Week 8: "The Women of Early America" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Hamilton and Jefferson
-Topics covered: Federalists/Anti-Federalists, Hamilton and Jefferson, women in early America, Abigail Adams -Federalist & Anti-Federalist activity -Hamilton vs. Jefferson activity
When students complete this class, they should be able to look at any historic document and "source" it. They will be able to determine who the author is, what the author's authority is, when the source was written and if that date impacts the source's reliability. 
They will also know how to take two accounts of the same story and pull corroborating facts out.
They will know how to determine which sources are reliable and which are not.
They will know what primary and secondary sources are.
They will know how to determine which sources should be used for a research paper and which should not.
They will learn who was traveling to the colonies, whether by choice or by force.
They will learn key events and concepts in early America including the Middle Passage, the American Revolution, the 13 Colonies, the Boston Massacre, Federalists and Anti-Federalists, and more.
My Masters degree is in American Studies and I spent a great deal of my graduate studies focusing on the Civil War, Westward Expansion, and the Industrial Revolution. I have been teaching this course in person to homeschoolers for a year and have been teaching History on Outschool for almost as long. 
Homework Offered
Each week, students will have work to do that would have been considered "in class" work if this were a live class. Instead, this could all be considered homework and students should expect there to be work to do each week. All work will be given in pdf form so that students can print the worksheets or they can upload the pdf to kamiapp.com and type directly onto the pdf. Students are strongly encouraged to read A Young People's History of the United States throughout the class. If they are participating in the reading, all reading will be done as homework.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Student progress will be assessed through their in-class work and homework.
Grades Offered
Grade provided by request at end of class.
Students will be given pdfs each week that contain the in-class work and homework. These pdfs need to be printed or if the student prefers to type answers, pdfs can be uploaded to the Kami App website and students can type directly onto the pdfs.

Students are strongly encouraged to use A Young People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, though another US History book that covers all of these topics can be substituted.
As with any US History course, we will be covering topics like death, war, racism, slavery, and sexism. I will not shy away from these topics, but will help the students understand that though racism, slavery, sexism, etc. are part of the fabric of American History, they are not acceptable by our standards today. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(455)
Profile
Hi everyone! I'm Nicole Trusky, a homeschooling mom of three and lover of all things history and pop culture! I have a Master in Humanities with a concentration in American Studies and have been studying history for as long as I can remember (my... 
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