Early American History {Honors option} (9th-12th)

Teacher: Amanda Post

Description: This course takes students from the Age of Exploration through the Reconstruction Era. Students will learn about America’s early history by using online sources. The information is presented in readings and videos; students will respond with written work and discussions. Student readings pull from a variety of websites with a focus is on primary sources. Christopher Columbus’ journal, Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Plantation, letters between Washington and Madison, treaties, court decisions, speeches (including Washington’s inaugural and farewell speeches and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”), Federalist Papers, the Constitution, Sage American History by Henry Sage, First Across the Continent by Noah Brooks, and if choosing the honors option, either Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr. or Oregon Trail: sketches of prairie and Rocky-Mountain life by Francis Parkman.

This class will have weekly homework assignments that must be completed outside of class.

Please Note: The honors part is optional. The curriculum is designed to be an honors credit but I am cutting one book, the research paper, and some smaller writing assignments to make it work for a shorter, regular level co-op class. If a student wants to have the honors credit on their transcript, they will have the option of completing the assignments I have cut. If they are not interested, they will only complete the assignments on the regular syllabus.

Class Length: 16 weeks, year long

Prerequisites: Students must be able to handle high school level reading and writing assignments. Students choosing the honors option should be proficient readers and writers.

Book: All readings for this class can be found at https://allinonehighschool.com/early-american-history/

Supplies: Pencil/pen, binder, home internet access

Fees: $10