LIVE COURSE DETAILS
- Age & Group Size
- Age: 14+
- Skills needed to start the course: 9th-10th grade reading level. The ability to read 3-5 pages of non-fiction text. The ability to write 1-2 pages.
- Group Size: 15-20 students.
- Term & Time:
- Term: Fall Semester
- Date Range: 16 Weeks - The week of August 30 - Week of December 20
- The Week of November 22nd = Thanksgiving Break
- Live Session: Mondays, 6:30-7:30 EST via Zoom.
- NOTE - Recorded Sessions: All LIVE sessions are recorded and posted for students in case they miss a class session or would like to review.
- Work Time: 4-5 hours (Time will vary based upon reading speed)
- PDF Schedule: Coming Soon
- Instructor: Michael Grether
- Required Curriculum Materials: There will be two books utilized for this course. Both area available digitally and through print. All other lessons are delivered online through the course Learning Management System (LMS).
- Required Books: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness through OpenStax/Bill of Rights Institute. (Cost: Free. Currently Digital Only) "400 Souls" - Edited by Ibram Kendi.
- Optional Reading Enrichment List: Coming Soon.
- Credits: ~60-80 Work Hours
- Who: All work will be graded by the instructor.
- Type of Work: Students will answer application questions in a short answer format based on readings, videos, maps, art, music, literature and primary source documents rooted in each era. The course builds towards a more formal research paper by the end of the semester.
- How it will be submitted: Students will submit their work through Canvas. Students may choose to complete their work on Google Drive and then submit the "Share" link.
- How the work will be graded: There will be three types of assignments - Daily Course Work, Unit Tests, End of Unit Activities. Daily work will be assessed as "complete" if it met the requirements or "incomplete" with any necessary feedback before the student resubmits. Unit Tests are automatically graded by the system. Unit Activities come at the end of the Unit, with the intention of demonstrating mastery of content and skill. These Unit Activities will have rubrics and be graded with the purpose of deeper/more intentional feedback. Unit Activities are intended to be saved/collected for portfolios for College Applicaiton or any state requirements.
- Parent Role: The parents role is to (a) make sure the student has continued internet access (b) provide encouragement during the week for the student's to be completing work (c) communicate with the instructor with any relevant information - such as illness, injury, or other prolonged absences.
American History. Is the story of the USA one of a City on a Hill, a Bastion of Democracy to the World, and the Champion of Industrialized Capitalism? Or is it the Global Empire built on stolen land and corporate corruption, using the tools of slavery, oppression, and genocide?
The answer is yes...and no. Well, maybe... it's complicated.
GAPro's American History is a social history that steps into the tension of this complexity. The course highlights the truly remarkable things that have happened in the USA and also the story lines that lurk in the shadows. From the heights of industrial ingenuity, phenomenal wealth, space travel, and the internet... to the depths of eugenics, redlining, Tulsa Riots, internment camps, and indigenous genocide. American History will take students on a truly unique and unforgettable historical journey that continues to shape and impact the modern world. In the process students will develop college-ready skill sets to prepare them for the "next level" of education or careers.
Particular attention is paid to amplify the "Lost Voices" that have been muted - the triumphs and tragedies of the Indigenous Nations, the long struggle of Black People in America, the painful journey of Women, the crashing waves of immigrants filling America's shores, and the fight of the LBGTQ community to emerge "from the closet."
Part 1 will take students from the Arrival of the first nations in ~30,000 BCE to the doorsteps of the US Civil War. American History will address elements of the US Constitution. However, the indepth exploration of the Constitution, political philosophy, and the government systems it created is being reserved for the US Government course.
LIVE: American History - Part 1 (M 6:30-7:30pm EST. Ages 14+)
All GAPro course are 100% secular. This means that courses work within the framework proven through science: A sphirical earth that is billions of years old, with all species resulting from the natural processes of evolution. All humans are equal, are valued, and have protected human rights no matter their race, religion, gender identity, or whom they love.
Many GAPro courses discuss religions within the context of the curriculum. The courses will focus on academic information about the religions and the impact of these ideas upon specified groups of people and places. No religion will be proselytized or promoted.