United States History for Middle School Students: From the Panic of 1837 to the Progressive Era – Winter 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 8
Wednesday, January 10 2024 @ 11:00AM – Wednesday, March 20 2024 @ 12:30PM EST
Grade/Level:6 – 8
Day of Week:Wednesday
Class Times:11:00AM – 12:30PM (ET)
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 II covers the time starting with the Panic of 1837 and ending with the rise (and fall of) the Bull Moose Party in the Presidential Election of 1912. We will examine the political, economic, and social changes that occurred during this period of American history, including the rise of the Democratic Party and the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, the Gilded Age and the rise of industrial capitalism, and the Progressive Era and the reform movements of the early 20th century. Learners will explore key issues such as westward expansion, immigration, labor, and women’s rights, and will study key figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Theodore Roosevelt. The course will use a variety of primary and secondary sources, including speeches, court cases, and newspaper articles, to gain a deeper understanding of this dynamic period in 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 30-week full year course if you prefer. Please look on the website if you prefer registering for that option.
NOTE: This class must reach the minimum of five students by December 15th to run. If we do not reach this minimum, parents will be notified by email.
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