What does it mean to be an American?
Is the use of violence ever justified?
How is history remembered?
History of the United States to 1865, with units of study focusing on Early Humans and Migration to the Americas, Native American Civilizations and the Encounter, British Colonial America, Road to the Revolution, the Constitution, the Early Nation, and Slavery and the Divided Nation.
As all courses at this school, this is designed to develop language skills through the curriculum in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Interdisciplinary course credit for meeting ELA standard for English for Critical Analysis and Evaluation.
Course is aligned to meet Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12 in Reading and Writing.
U.S. regional geography
Mystery of "the starving time" in Jamestown colony
Native American cultures
outside research for essays and projects
Work together to analyze slave narratives and create a presentation to the class, then create a piece of historical fiction based on the presentations
Letter to the Mayor: Should we celebrate Columbus Day?
Create a presentation to the class focusing on one Native American culture
Create complete paragraphs explaining John Locke's beliefs and evaluating them from your own point of view
Effectively debate the American colonies' future in February 1776
Debate issues at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and evaluate their resolution
Debate the ratification of the Constitution from the point of view of either Federalists or Anti-Federalists
Work together to create a presentation that convinces the audience to support either Hamilton's or Jefferson's vision for the new nation
Class trip to Philadelphia and Washington, DC
Speech: Was John Brown a hero or a villain?
Project: What does it mean to be an American?