CSI: American History – 1920’s and 1930’s – Grades 5 – 8 – Spring 2022 – 10 Weeks
Thursday, March 31 2022 @ 1:00PM – Thursday, June 16 2022 @ 2:30PM EDT
Instructor Email:[email protected]
Grade/Level:5 – 8
Day of Week:Thursday
Class Times:1:00PM – 2:30PM (ET)
Have your learner join us this spring for a fun-filled, hands-on investigations into some great American History topics from the 1920’s and 1930’s!
In this ten-week course, we will:
- Study a variety of source materials
- Analyze possible scenarios, and
- Work together to answer questions from a variety of disciplines
— all in an attempt to uncover the true stories behind these historical events.
Weekly topics to be covered will include:
- The Origins of the “Red Scare” (1919-1920)
- What Caused the Tulsa Race Riots (1921)
- The “Teapot Dome” Scandal & the death of President Harding (1920-1923)
- What Caused the 1920’s “Consumer Revolution?”
- Prohibition & the Rise of Organized Crime (1920-1933)
- The Harlem Renaissance – Who Created & Contributed to it? (1920’s-1930’s)
- “Murderer’s Row” – How the New York Yankees Dominated Major League Baseball (1921-1939)
- From Boom to Bust: What Caused the 1929 Stock Market Crash? (1929)
- FDR, Fireside Chats, and the Dust Bowl (1933-1938)
- Wrap-up: Class Project/Presentation
Students can expect approximately one hour of homework weekly.
NOTE: Registration deadline is March 1, 2022.
There must be a minimum of FIVE students to run this class.
Learning to love the past
History. This was definitely not my strongest area as a homeschool mother. I knew to provide my kids with what they needed, I had to look at outside resources. Taking a leap of faith, I registered both my 7th and 8th grader for U.S. History with Jonathan Meola.
Learning history through simple short stories using. “A History of US,” has been fun to read-a-loud. With a subject I once disliked myself, I’ve been able to power through, and engage with my children learning to love the past. Mr. Meola is a phenomenally fair instructor, and has allowed our kids to use their creativity for the semester project. The kids have enjoyed this area most about the class. Seeing their creations from the past come to life is a gift in itself. Thank you, Jonathan! You have lit a fire for history within my children!
Thanks for making homeschooling so much easier for us parents
We have absolutely loved Jonathan’s Ancient Civilizations class this year.
He is so organized, and his classes are expertly taught – my son usually makes me leave the room but I will often go back and listen to the recordings and watch some of the videos because they are so interesting.
We are thrilled that OTA is now a vendor with our charter school, and since Z will be in middle school next year, we plan on signing up for a lot more classes.
Keep up the excellent job and thanks for making homeschooling so much easier for us parents!
During our family new year’s celebration, everyone completed a year-in-review questionnaire. One question asked, “What are you most proud of that you accomplished this past year?”
Without hesitation, our daughter blurted out “I learned to write a five-paragraph essay!”
Our daughter, who up until this past semester would only write science lab reports, should be proud of this accomplishment. She willingly dedicated days to completing required essays, and we owe this success to Lights! Camera! Action! class.
The instructor’s enthusiasm, instruction, encouragement and feedback all generated a newfound level of confidence within our daughter. Plus, the course spurred everyone in our family (including grandparents) to watch incredible movies, which normally would not be in our Netflix queue. The impact of this course reached beyond our daughter.
I would like to say thank you. My daughter, Laura, was so inspired by OTA’s Lights! Camera! Action! class. She WANTS to improve at writing instead of shying away from the process that she finds so difficult. She is putting her heart and soul into trying. I am seeing improvement and I am seeing enthusiasm that just were not there before. You have no idea how joyful that makes me. This latest essay was really, really hard but a bit less overwhelming than the prior two. Slowly the elements that Laura is learning in class are sinking in.
I appreciate all that you do for the class! Thank you!
Great class !!
Great class. Highly recommend for middle school, high school and college students too! Great topics to help anyone get organized and various ways to study!!!