In U.S. History, we explore two units in depth. One unit is called “Rethinking Columbus” and the another unit is called “Inventing America: The Creation of a New Nation.” In units such as these, we work to further develop the skills necessary to write and present PBATs at the end of the semester.
Some recent topics chosen by students have included:
Resistance and Slavery
The most effective and humane methods to make social change
Civil Rights and Justice
Rockefeller Drug Laws and Mass Incarceration
How Revolutionary was the American Revolution?
Columbus and the Taino Indians
Position papers and debates based on the research topics listed above.
There are four major position papers in this course and one is extended into the student's PBAT.
The People v. Columbus, et al trial
The War With Mexico Tea Party