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United States History (Full Year) - Part 2 of 4 - Self Paced

Nicole Trusky
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(455)
In this 8 week course, students will study US History from the Trail of Tears, through the Civil War, and into the Industrial Revolution. This is part 2 of a full year of US History.

Class experience

8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Louisiana Purchase & Texas Revolution
Suggested Reading prior to Week 1: "As Long as Grass Grows or Water Runs" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States -Topics covered: Trail of Tears, Andrew Jackson, Indian Removal Act -Louisiana Purchase lesson -Texas Revolution lesson Suggested Reading prior to Week 2: "War with Mexico" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Manifest Destiny & Gold Rush
-Topics covered: Manifest Destiny, Louisiana Purchase, Westward Expansion, California Gold Rush, The Homestead Act -"American Progress" painting analysis -Manifest Destiny lesson and activity -Gold Rush and San Francisco activity Suggested Reading prior to Week 3: "Slavery and Emancipation" chapter (to page 148) in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 3
Lesson 3
John Brown
-Topics covered: John Brown, slavery, revolts, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, the beginnings of the Civil War -John Brown lesson
 Week 4
Lesson 4
The Civil War
-Topics covered: Civil War -Civil War mapwork -The Burning of Chambersburg lesson -practice transcribing historical documents Suggested Reading prior to Week 5: "Slavery and Emancipation" (from pg 148 to end of chapter)
 Week 5
Lesson 5
-Topics covered: Civil War, Reconstruction, voter suppression, Jim Crow Laws -Reconstructing the South activity Suggested Reading prior to Week 6: "The Other Civil War" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Sharecropping & Homesteaders
-Topics covered: homesteaders, railroads, labor unions, labor strikes -Sharecropping lesson -Great Plains Homesteaders photo analysis activity Suggested Reading prior to Week 7: "Robber Barons and Rebels" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Robber Barons and Captains of Industry
-Topics covered: Urbanization, Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, Populism, beginning of Industrial Revolution -Homestead Strike close reading activity -Robber Barons/Captains of Industry assignment - this will be homework but students will have time to start it in class Suggested Reading prior to Week 8: "The American Empire" chapter in A Young People's History of the United States
 Week 8
Lesson 8
The Immigrant Experience
-Topics covered: child labor, tenement housing, immigration -Child Labor Laws photo analysis activity -Jacob Riis lesson and photos
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 key events and concepts in early America including the Civil War, Indian Removal Act, Manifest Destiny, Westward Expansion, Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, the Industrial Revolution, 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 several years 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
Grades are provided by request at the end of the 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)
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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