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United States History for Middle School Students: From Prehistoric Times to the Jacksonian Democracy – Fall 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 8

Wednesday, September 13 2023 @ 11:00AM Wednesday, December 13 2023 @ 12:30PM EDT


Jonathan Meola

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6 – 8

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11:00AM – 12:30PM (ET)


Fall 2023


Wednesday, September 13 2023 @ 11:00AM EDT
Wednesday, December 13 2023 @ 12:30PM EDT
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This three-part course explores the rich and diverse history of the United States, from its earliest days to the present.  We will cover key themes such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, and more recent events such as 9/11 and the 2020 Presidential Election. The course will explore the American experience and experiment.

Part I delves into the earliest eras of American history, from the pre-Columbian period to the post-Revolutionary era. The course will examine the diverse cultures and societies that existed in North America before the arrival of Europeans, and how these were impacted by the arrival and colonization of the continent. Students will explore the political, economic, and social developments of the colonial period, and the causes and events of the American Revolution. Additionally, the course will investigate the formation of the new nation, including the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the early years of the Republic. The course will make use of primary sources, such as letters, diaries, and government documents, to gain a deeper understanding of the people, events, and ideas that shaped this crucial period of American history.

Highlighting important events and their historical consequences. The class will be less concerned with memorizing dates and cities and will instead focus on how we can relate to the history of our country as well as feel the courage, passion, and political genius of the founding of our great nation.

Students will gain an appreciation for the United States and the people who fought for it. They will, through discussion and debate, begin to forge and express their opinions, and gain an insight into  how events, ideas, and people shaped our country, over this period of early American history.

The textbook for the course, “Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story” by Wilfred M. McClay, provides a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the people, events, and ideas that have shaped this great nation. Using primary sources, historical maps, and other multimedia resources, the textbook offers a deeper understanding of the American story and the forces that have shaped it. Use of this textbook, along with other materials during the course, will help learners to develop critical thinking and analytical skills, and encourage them to engage with the issues and debates that continue to shape the United States today.

Please note: Your child can take the full version of this course. Please look for the 30-week option on our website.

NOTE: This class must reach the minimum of five students by August 20th to run. If we do not reach this minimum, parents will be notified by email.

Great Class!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

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!

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TC, Florida

Wish I Started Earlier!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 31, 2023

I hesitated long and hard about Open Tent Academy and my only regret is not trying it sooner. Both of my kiddos are taking history, math and writing classes. These classes are truly a gift. Ms. Eva’s IEW Writing Classes and literature are out of this world. Eva might be a tough writing teacher; however, she is fair and loves the children and her work. Jonathan’s United States History classes are amazing! I couldn’t be more pleased with OTA and plan on having my children take classes for years to come!

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