Social Studies

US History: The Hidden American Empire!

From Saipan to Thule Air Base, learn all about America's territories, islands, military bases, and more!
Lee Ruark, M.S.Ed.
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Completed by 8 learners
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45 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 10 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

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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
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Class Experience

Students will be able to identify modern and former American territories and how each came to be under the influence or control of the United States. Students will also examine the location and strategic influence of overseas military bases as well as the cultural exports which the United States has contributed in the post-World War II era.
I am a Maryland-certified history educator with over a decade of classroom teaching experience with both elementary and secondary students. I also hold a B.A. in History from St. Mary's College of Maryland, the state's public honors college and teach history courses at the local community college. I know you'll love my course!

It is my mission to help students become lifelong learners. I develop a good rapport with each student with my sense of humor, enthusiasm, and the ability to relate scientific concepts to students' everyday lives. While many students enter my class thinking science is boring, it is rare that they leave still believing so. I've won numerous awards and accolades for my highly-effective teaching strategies, and I know your young scholar will thrive in my classroom!
Students will examine primary sources to gain insight in the acquisition of American territories, possessions, and military bases as well as cultural exports.  Homework should take no more than 15-30 minutes per week.
Students should be prepared with notebook paper, pencils, scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Students should also have access to a printer.
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Students are assessed through information teacher questioning and discussion. A letter or certificate of completion will gladly be provided if requested at the end of the course.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will learn about imperialism, military conflict, and cultural exports in a culturally-sensitive and age-appropriate manner. We will discuss relocation of native populations as well as warfare.
We will refer to multiple teacher-provided primary sources throughout the lesson that give insight into American history as it relates to its expansionism and acquisitions. 


Lee Ruark, M.S.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Energetic and Engaging Science and Social Studies Teacher!
879 total reviews
456 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I am so excited to teach Science and Social Studies classes here on Outschool! As an enthusiastic Maryland and Vermont educator with over a decade of teaching experience, I have been blessed to teach a wide range of subjects to both... 
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