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Social Studies

U.S. History: Pre-Columbia to the U.S. Civil War. FULL Course - Part 1 of 8

This FULL COURSE (Part 1 of 8) on U.S. History class meets weekly covering the standard topics from Pre-Columbian America to the Civil War. Excellent for late middle / early high school learners and people looking for enrichment. I'm flexible on times and scheduling more classes, just ask!
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60 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will gain a better foundation in U.S. History and social studies in general. In part 1 of 8 students will ... 

1: Connect the "weird" geography of the U.S. to current events like air travel. 
2: Describe the impact of geography and biomes on the Native people of the Americas and their development.  
3: Evaluate the effects of the Columbian Exchange to a shift in trans Atlantic trade and resource diversity. 
4: Analyze the impact of the Spanish on the Americas in terms of the Native Americans. 
5: Summarize the major differences between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres before 1500. 

Mr. Layman has a B.A. in History and is a multiple award winning history teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience in Social Studies. His enthusiasm and professionalism makes learning engaging and invigorating.
None, this is an enrichment class where students are free to attend as their schedule or interest permits. There are feedback and thinking questions, though they are optional.
None. All notes and handouts are included. Any links are to free public domain books; since this is a history class, most of what we would read is in the public domain.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
None, though there are enrichment and thinking questions that students can do for feedback. My students frequently tell me my classes push them into AP classes. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Content / Trigger warning: I will say that U.S. history as a subject matter does have elements in it that many people find triggering. It is difficult to teach U.S. history without talking about slavery, war, or the genocide of the Native Americans. These topics, when they come up, are not glorified or reveled in, but exist to give an honest account of the past so we can better understand our present and build a more perfect future, just as the first sentence of the Constitution says we should do. If that's going to be an issue, then this class might not be the best fit, but such elements are tragically unavoidable in a topic such as this. If this was simply a math class, it would be a non-issue, but it's U.S. History and the Trail of Tears happened. Let's talk about what we can learn from it and how we can prevent those sorts of atrocities from further staining the pages of the history we're writing right now.    
None, all notes and handouts are provided to the learners so they do not need to buy materials. 

The notes of the class are built out of primary and secondary source documents, but the bulk of the material is written by me, the teacher. That base that forms my educational experience includes a vast array of work and perspectives, but major works that are directly sited include the following. These sources are also read in class and will be presented to the students. 

Two Treatises on Government by John Locke
The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
The U.S. Constitution
The Federalist Papers 
The English Bill of Rights
The Pirate Code by Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass 
The Magna Carta 
The Treaty of Ghent 
Common Sense by Thomas Paine 
The Iroquois Confederation (the league of peace) 
The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta

Other sources include archaeological, cultural, and geographic primary sources that include: 
Excavations of the Wicomico Native Heritage site 
Topographic rivers and mountains surveys 
Paintings, lithographs, art, cultural traditions and customs, etc. 



Mr. Layman
Lives in the United States
Social Studies made simple
1 completed class

About Me

Hi there, 

My name is Mr. Layman and I've been a classroom teacher for over 15 years. I have a B.A. in History and teach Ancient, Medieval and U.S. social studies/history; I'm the class the parents want to take because my classes are fun,... 
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