American History Class Information

Class Time: Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM

Class Dates:  September 13th to December 6th, and January 10th to April 25th.

Class Cost: $200/semester or $50/monthly
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The curriculum will include a Video Series from Compass Classroom and a book list. Below is the book list for the American History year and the reading schedule. All of the books have links and do not cost an arm and a leg. If you have access to a library you could see if yours has any of these titles and save even more. However, you may want to keep these books for yourself as they are all good youth books on history. Here is the schedule and list:

American History
September
October
Witchcraft of Salem Village (Landmark Books)
November
Liberty: How the Revolutionary War Began (Landmark Books)
December
The American Revolution (Landmark Books)
January
Our Independence and the Constitution, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
February
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
March
April
Gettysburg (Landmark Books)
Witchcraft of Salem Village (Landmark Books)
Liberty: How the Revolutionary War Began (Landmark Books)
The American Revolution (Landmark Books)
Our Independence and the Constitution, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Gettysburg (Landmark Books)
 
 
In addition to the monthly literature, we will be using Compass Classroom video curriculum. These are brief daily videos that last from 5-12 minutes each. There are many readings from original sources that come with the set. These readings are an excellent resource for more advanced students. They will not be required except a few which are essential to know, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address and other important writings. You will need to purchase the videos to access to the online streaming. Once you have it, it will be yours forever to view on any device with internet.
 
Here is a sample of our week:
 
Each day:
  1. The student will watch a 5-12 minute video and take notes
  2. The student will submit answers to a couple of questions that have to do with the videos.
  3. Once a week, they will create a page or two in their portfolio (this can be as simple as adding pictures to their note-taking or as complicated as making scrapbook pages, just be mindful that it should be their best work—best handwriting, etc.)
  4. Discuss the ideas from the videos and some of the student epiphanies from their reading—this is my favorite part!
 
Additionally, During each of the four terms there will be a project to complete, they will work on that particular term’s project during each school week, and on their own time.
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