U.S. History (Second Semester)

From: $90.00 / month for 5 months

Grades: 9th–12th (8th graders can join with prior permission)

Live Class:  Mon 4:00–5:15 p.m. ET

Dates: Jan 2–April 28

Price: $399

Instructor: Lisa Hawkins

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Course Description

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Students may join this in progress, full year history course at the beginning of second semester (Jan. 2) for a .5 high school history credit.

This live graded online U. S. history class for high school credit traces the social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual development of American society from its roots through recent times. Students will be mastering historical content and learning to question, think, and argue like historians. I incorporate a lot of question-asking and student input into the courses in meaningful ways. Students will engage in a variety of learning methods.

Students master a lot of historical content. But they also have plenty of opportunity to think critically about what they are learning as well. I build of our time together around questions that I pepper our live sessions with. So, when we discuss early English immigration to the colonies, I ask them: “what reasons would people have to leave their homes and travel to an entirely new place?” When we’re talking about the economy of the Southern colonies, I ask them, “What would cause only a few Southern individuals to gain a lot of wealth, leaving the majority of Southerners as poor?” When we’re talking about the Civil Rights Movement, I ask them, “Why do you think the Civil Rights Movement coalesced in the 1950s, rather than before or after?” Student contributions get woven in meaningful ways into the class material. My aim is to make my course as interactive and thought-provoking as possible. But I’m also interested in all of us having a good time together while we learn history. From the feedback I’ve received over the years from parents and students, I am confident that I’ve been able to create a class environment where we have a lot of fun while exploring the past and improving critical thinking skills.

Course Structure

The course is built on a pattern of eight Units, each containing four weeks: Week A, B, C, and D. Certain assignment types fall dependably on particular weeks each Unit so that students and parents can rely on a regular, repeated schedule of work throughout the year.

Live class sessions are designed to engage students at different levels. Homework assignments are designed to meet the needs of the average student. However, for families who wish a more challenging, honors-level course, additional homework and testing expectations can be added to the course. Parents simply have to contact me to opt their students into the honors-level track. For the typical student, weekly workloads should average about 4 or 5 hours.

For families who are interested in a more detailed “tour” of my classes, along with an excerpt of an actual live meeting, please click on this link.

Who should enroll?

This course is primarily for 9th-12th graders, although parents of advanced 8th graders can contact me about the possibility of their son/daughter joining.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

The course is designed to improve critical thinking and historical reasoning skills particularly during our live class sessions. Regular homework assignments promote mastery of content. If parents want to opt their children into more writing-intensive or project-based assignments, they can contact me and we can work those aspects into the course for their children.


Parents are encouraged to contact me through the Canvas messaging system.

Required Texts

Instead of using a traditional textbook, this course will have students learning historical material from a variety of sources, both written and audio-visual.   One of them is study.com, a company that has compiled thousands of educational resources,  created by professional educators.  In addition, the teacher will upload customized history readings to serve in the place of a traditional textbook, containing both secondary material (that is, material written by historians about the topics we are studying) and primary material (that is, documents written in the time period we are studying).

Students will be able to read this material directly from the course website or, if they prefer, print out.


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Instructor Bio

Lisa Hawkins

I love history, I love teaching, and I love students. I put a great deal of thought and time into constructing courses that are engaging, challenging, and well-organized. I also care a great deal about humanizing the on-line experience, and you will see that priority woven into many aspects of my course. I majored in history at Swarthmore College, where I also earned my high-school teaching certification. I also did graduate work at Widener University with a focus on English and education. I worked for four years at an inner-city classical high school, where I taught American History and American Literature and served as Dean of Students. In 1997, I earned my Masters in History at Temple University, and soon began teaching college courses for Drexel University and Peirce College for adults returning to school. In 2005, I began teaching online, and to date have independently created nine different online college courses, ranging from survey American History courses, to the History of American Business, Colonial History, Revolutionary History, and Western Humanities surveys. I have been awarded “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” by one of the universities I currently teach for. I am also an official grader of AP US History exams, receiving extensive training in the process and participating in College Board and ETS seminars. Despite all my experiences at the high school and college level, and despite my appreciation for the more profound academic and cultural expressions, I am nevertheless a shameless fan of English Premier League soccer, The Simpsons, Napoleon Dynamite, and MST3K.

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Email: lhawkins@aimacademy.online

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