U.S. History Survey - Rebels and Resisters

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.

Readings: 
Howard Zinn "A People's History of the United States"
"Encounter" by Jane Yolen
The Journal of Christopher Columbus
The Tainos: Men of the Good by Jose Barreiro
"Open Your Hearts" by Bartolome de las Casas
African American Resistance by Bill Fletcher, Jr.
The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
"Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells"
"Letter From Birmingham Jail" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Research: 

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

Media Used: 
"In Whose Honor"
"In the White Man's Image"
"Race: The Power of an Illusion"
"PBS: John Brown's Holy War"
"The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow"
We also have the research portal which has all the websites we use: bcs448.org
Interim Assessments: 

Position papers and debates based on the research topics listed above.

Significant Assignments: 

There are four major position papers in this course and one is extended into the student's PBAT.

Significant Activities or Projects: 

The People v. Columbus, et al trial

The War With Mexico Tea Party

Sample PBATs: 
Is Violence Ever Justified? Choose one of the issues we've examined this term to research in depth. Present your thesis and evidence to support your argument.
John Brown: Hero or Villain?