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US History Herald: United States U.S. American History~ Middle & High School

Courtney Murray, M. Ed, M. Hist. World US History
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In this ONGOING class, upper middle and high school students will learn the fascinating history of the United States in a FULL YEAR of U.S. American history curriculum. Perfect for homeschoolers and independent learners that love the past!

Class Experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Beginner - Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)
  • Students will improve their understanding of U.S. history and work to strengthen their critical thinking skills through historical analysis. They will discover the major events of U.S. history and how they worked to create the United States today. We will use historical sources to dive into the past and do so in fun, engaging ways!
For the past decade, I have been encouraging students through education and personal development to explore the challenges of the past. Through my own personal education and professional development, I create a safe environment for students to learn about challenging topics of the past. My undergraduate is in history, focusing on United States and European integration, past cultures, and empire. My first master's degree is in education with a focus on English/Language Arts and History. My second master's degree is in history with a focus on world empires and United States/Europe during the premodern era and modern era. I am currently pursuing my PhD in history focusing on immigration and relations with indigenous peoples and cultures. 
I have taught Ancient Civilizations in World History classes as well as classes on the history of Africa, Asia, and Australia, Ancient and Medieval Europe, and Early American history. I have taken and taught classes on world religions and practices starting with the ancient traditions of prehistoric cultures through modern day transitions of religions such as druidism. I have also taught about episodes of religious hysteria such as the Inquisition and the Salem Witch Trials. I also teach classes on the myths and legends that have defined these cultures. This extensive background will be utilized to create a well-rounded and thorough explanation of the topic.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: 1-2 per week
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Optional activities will be given each week.
Letter Grade
Frequency: available upon request
Weekly readings, notes, and activities will be given to the students weekly (optional).
History is often ugly, and we do discuss topics that are extremely sensitive such as genocide, slavery, war, and sectional conflict. Please be advised that some content might be disturbing for some learners (i.e. The Holocaust and American Slavery). 
A vast collaboration of sources will be utilized to create this content to provide the students with a multi-faceted explanation of events from differing perspectives. Some sources utilized to create the content of the course:

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn 

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People  by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The Constitution of the United States and The Declaration of Independence by Delegates of The Constitutional Convention

A Little History of the United States (Little Histories) By James West Davidson

A Documentary History of the United States by Richard D. Heffner and Alexander B. Heffner

A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (For Young People Series) by Ronald Takaki
Joined June, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in History from Arizona State University
Master's Degree in Education from Fayetteville State University
Bachelor's Degree in History from Duquesne University
I am so excited to join you on this education adventure! I absolutely love teaching and learning and believe it can be exciting for every student! I am a certified classroom educator with a master's degree in education and a second master's... 
Group Class


1x per week
45 min

Completed by 131 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
3-18 learners per class

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