United States History for Middle School Students: From Woodrow Wilson to Present Day – Spring 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 8
Wednesday, March 27 2024 @ 11:00AM – Wednesday, June 26 2024 @ 12:30PM EDT
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 III covers the period starting with the election of Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and ending with the midterm elections of 2022. This course will examine the political, economic, and social changes that occurred during this period of American history, including the World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and recent events such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the 2008 financial crisis, and the aftermath of the Presidential elections of 2016 and 2020. Learners will explore key issues such as the rise of the United States as a global superpower, the Cold War, Civil Rights, and the role of the US in international politics. 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, and the impact of these events in shaping the United States today.
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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