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U.S. History Semester 1 Class for Middle School (1607-1877): Part 1 Of 4

In this (4 week) U.S. History Class for Middle School students, learners will explore U.S. History from Pre-contact to the American Revolution through hands-on projects, games, activities & interactive lessons.
Miss Tamez, M.A. History Education| U.S. History
23 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 3 learners
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 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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Available Times


Wed, May 17, 2023

May 17 – Jun 7, 2023 (4 weeks)
1:30 – 2:15 PM
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
-Analyze & evaluate Historical narratives of U.S. History 
-refine writing skills
-Practice & master Social Studies skills 
-Practice Reading Comprehension
-Practice Critical Thinking
-Practice verbalizing & expressing ideas
-Learning Vocabulary
-Reviewing previously known Historical knowledge
-Develop tolerance at listening to other perspectives 
-Use evidence to support arguments & claims
*B.A. in History & Anthropology
*M.A. in History (with a focus on American Colonial & Environmental History)
*Internship experience working at a Museum (2 years)
*Taught History (public school) 10 years
*Taught History (University) 6 years
*Training New History Teachers 7 years
* Tutoring Students 10 years
*Experience with Research (Research Assistant 2 years) 
To support students in their understanding of the topics taught during the week, students will be offered bi-weekly projects/assignment to be completed outside of class. These activities do not require additional materials, and can be easily be adapted to whatever the student has readily available.  

If your learner is seeking to obtain credit or course feedback, students are urged to participate in completing their projects in a timely manner. Because our time together is relatively short, I may also share some videos to watch each week to further elaborate on what we're learning. 
Assignment for the week will be posted at the END of every class. Handouts for the next class meeting will be posted BEFORE the start of class; therefore learners are encouraged to check the Outschool Classroom after class and before their next class meeting. For any activity/project a variety of options and modifications will be presented so that learners can work with whatever they have available and are most comfortable with.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There are no formal assessments for this course, however, one can be provided at parent request. 
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
As this is a history course Historical sources, there may be mention of death, racism, gender, abuse, genocide, war, disease, religion, and other topics that may be sensitive to some learners. All topics will be taught in an age appropriate manner, in a Historical context. Students will be urged to interpret their own conclusions. Views presented in these primary sources are not my own, rather they are first hand accounts and based on the perspective of the writer. Resources used to create context for this history course are listed below and may be periodically updated; therefore parents are urged to save this page and revisit. 

This class is presented from an inclusive lens and will present a variety of perspectives for students to evaluate, particularly those of historically under-represented groups.

For this course, students may occasionally use the following tools, and they will be used as follows: 
-Kahoot: used for trivia questions (no student account necessary. Students provided a game code to join)
-Nearpod: May be used for collaborative activities. (no student account necessary. Students are provided a code to join OR resource may simply be used on screen as part of instruction without requiring students to access it)
-Quizlet: for trivia question team challenges (no student account necessary. Students provided a game code to join)
-Padlet:  Used for sorting games or as a student scaffold for responding (may be shared with student (no account required) or used on screen as part of instruction without requiring students to access it) a virtual buzzer that allows students to respond to questions (no student account necessary. Students are provided with a code to join)
-Canva: Used for projects/hands-on activities (students may also draw on their pdf document using kami or some other pdf writing tool, or print the assignment and draw by hand. This is only being listed as an option should your learner chose to work entirely online, however it is NOT required.)
-Khan Academy: Used for teaching or reviewing content (no student account necessary. Resource will only be used on screen during class as part of instruction without requiring students to access it)
-Flipgrid: Used as a hands-on project activity option (student account may be required. Using this tool is not required.) 

If your learner will be taking the course for credit or a grade, it is strongly recommended that student actively participate in this course, be in attendance as much as possible, and complete bi-weekly projects. 
This course will be guided by: Common Core Standards + AP College Board+ National Social Studies Standards
The book we will use as a reference for this course will be:
A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook:

Additionally this course will use primary source documents/readers/collections from:
>Nextext Historical Readers (a compilation of primary sources): 
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
Second Treatise of Government by John Locke 
Declaration of Rights and Grievances by the Stamp Act Congress
Speech to the Virginia Convention by Patrick Henry
Declaration of Taking up Arms by the Second Continental Congress
A Plea to the Continental Congress: by Gen. George Washington
Common Sense: Thomas Paine

*For the Record Vol. 1: A Documentary History of America by David E. Shi & Holly A. Mayer 
*Call to Freedom (Reading & Activities): Beginnings to 1877 by Holt, Rineheart & Winston
*National Archives, or other websites that give access to primary sources

Week 1: Effects of European Exploration in the Americas 
*Khan Academy
*An Indigenous People's History of the United States
*1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles Mann
*A People's History of the United States 
*Native Knowledge 360

Attitudes about the (U.S.) American Revolution from the perspective of the British: 
*Time Magazine (contains primary source excerpts from British citizens)
*The British Library (collection of Articles) 

Additional resources may be added as the class progresses. Parents are urged to save this page and revisit periodically.


Miss Tamez, M.A. History Education| U.S. History
Lives in the United States
Certified History Teacher & former College Professor
23 total reviews
50 completed classes

About Me

Hello Parents and Learners!👋 

My name is Miss Tamez and I'm passionate about Teaching future Historians👩‍🏫!
I want students to leave my classes feeling inspired, empowered, and confident!

*B.A. in History 
*B.S. in... 
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