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U.S. History 2: Early Republic to Civil War (1787-1865)

Mr. Marshall
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The class will cover U.S. History from the U.S. Constitution to the end of the Civil War for high school students #academic

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
This class is taught in English.
  • This is a "survey course" of this period of U.S. History designed to provide broad brush strokes of history. We will drill down more deeply during discussion of Destiny of the Republic. This course teaches history skills for high school and college students. These skills are reading critically, examining primary documents, conducting research, and gaining the sweep of American History from The Constitution to the end of the Civil War
I have a master's degree in history from Pepperdine University (2010), and I have taught U.S. History for four years in college. 

This course includes the history of marginalized groups in American Society and specifically African Americans and Native Americans. 

With regard to studying Native American History and heritage, https://www.tulsalibrary.org/research/american-indian-resource-center is a worthwhile site as it involves the Dawes Act of 1868 and the establishment of reservations and Tribal Roles in the West. Some mention might be made regarding advocacy because these issues are current and in the news, but this is a history class rather than a global studies. 

This course touches on the period of history known as Reconstruction, which led to Jim Crow laws in the Southern United States. With regard to African American rights and advocacy, https://www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org/ supports education with regard to challenges among the African American community in the Wake of Trayvon Martin's death and other examples of racial injustice. These issues may be included in the discussion of U.S. History since the Civil War. Examples of injustice are much in the news, and ties can be may be made to slavery, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow laws. 
Homework Offered
Every class will cover readings in the U.S. Narrative Volume I and Destiny of the Republic supplemental reader. Reading the material in advance is encouraged, but students will choose their own level of engagement. Unless specified in advance that it would make the student uncomfortable, I will ask a lot of discussion questions while delivering the lessons to keep the lessons interactive.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
About seven Kahoot quizzes based on the lessons in U.S. Narrative provide form of assessment but are more aimed at rentention of the material that has been covered.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
I take time to teach some research skills beginning with an encyclopedia search and proceeding to selecting sources to write an essay. We also use History.com, museum and monument websites, the Library of Congress Newspaper Archive, and short film clips such as: Garfield and Military Service: Committed to the Cause, https://www.pbs.org/video/american-experience-garfield-and-military-service-committed-cause/, from PBS.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
As a master's degree holder from Pepperdine University (2010) I have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant, College Instructor, and Summer Instructor to high school students at UCLA. 

U.S. History includes violence and genocide against Native peoples, slavery of African Americans, and other examples of systemic racism. The existence of these difficult subjects should be understood by the time a student reaches high school, which is the target age for this class. When these topics are covered, sensitivity will be exercised. I have dealt with sensitive or unpleasant topics many times in my classes, and I avoid gratuitous violence or sexual themes. 
Course Reader

Davidson, James West, Brian DeLay, Christine Leigh Heyrman, Mark H. Lytle, and Michael B. Stoff. U. S.: A Narrative History. 2015 (Volume I and Volume II are available as separate books.) 

The course lessons are based on Volume I of U.S. Narrative. There are newer versions of this book, but I own the 2015 edition.

Supplemental Reading

Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President. New York: Anchor Books, 2012.
Joined April, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree in History
Homeschoolers welcome! 

I offer interactive and fun social studies and history classes for learners from 8 to 18. Most of my classes are based on a high-quality Young Adult history book.

Before Outschool, I taught U.S. History and Culture at... 
Group Class


for 16 classes
2x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
3-6 learners per class

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