Course Description

This Early United States History course will trace the history from before the first European settlements on North American soil to the Reconstruction Era in post-Civil War United States. We will learn about the cultures of each of the European countries that would eventually collide in North America and the experience of their first settlements. We will also discover the development of the Revolution Era and learn how this led to the development of an independent country in the New World. Further we will dive into the terms of the constitution and how it relates to politics and law today. Lastly we will explore the beginnings of separation and succession, leading us into the Civil War and its effect on our history as a country. All the while we will be keeping up with current events, working on writing like historians and having fun doing hands on activities and debates. Because this class is an honors class, the level of difficulty and rigor will be higher than other standard level classes. I look forward to a rigorous and exciting year.

Course Goals and Objectives

  • Understand the development of the United States as an independent country.
  • Develop an understanding of the connection of history and present.
  • Become more knowledgeable of American government and policy.
  • Demonstrate and strengthen critical writing skills, leading to a final formal research paper.
  • Participate in class discussions and debates.
  • Work collaboratively with classmates to problem solve.
  • Build and maintain a comfortable and respectful learning environment for all students.