This course trace the social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual development of American society from its roots through recent times. The set up for US History is unusual in that it offers two very different options for families, depending on their needs. One option will cater to families who prefer a more traditional, text-based course, and the other option will cater to families who prefer a more ‘literature-based’ approach to American History. Regardless of the option chosen, all students will be mastering historical content and learning to question, think, and argue like historians.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, some of which will be common to students signing up for either option, and others will be custom-made for their particular needs. My choices for assignments are well-considered and my classes are very lively. I do everything I can to overcome the limitations of the ‘virtual divide.’ Families can visit my website, www.questcourses.com, for more information.
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. So, for example, students following the textbook track take weekly quizzes. Students who follow the literature track do some, but not quite as much, textbook-like coverage (via an online textbook) but spend more time reading the related literature for that unit and answering essay questions. All students have a substantial assignment based on analyzing primary documents each month.
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.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
This is not a writing-intensive course. Optional additional writing-focused assignments can be added to a student’s workload if requested. Homework prioritizes content mastery and exposure, although some assignments, notably the ‘primary document assignments’ allow the students to practice higher-level thinking and writing skills.
Parents do not need to contact me before registering for this class, unless they have a younger student. Communication with parents and students happens on a regular basis, either individually or as a group, via our Canvas website. More information can be found at my website, www.questcourses.com.