Welcome to US History ! This course will be an exploration of historical issues, ideas and events in the context of the United States from its inception until modern time. The course will be unique to many of you as it is not organized chronologically, but rather THEMATICALLY around the themes, guiding questions, and essential questions found below!
But first, lets analyze the image above via utilization of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) via the PADLET LINKED HERE
Themes of Investigation and Essential Questions (TOIEQ)
- Protest movements
- Societal Change
- Art & Literature
1. When is protest justified? Is protest ever not justified?
2. What rights and freedoms are required for a maximally beneficial society?
3. How do concepts of equality change over time?
4. What factors in society create resistance to equality? Increase equality?
5. What does it mean to be oppressed?
6. Is culture or government the main oppressor in society?
7. Is oppression of the few for the benefit of the many justified?
8. What is the major catalyst of societal change? i.e. governments, individuals, economic systems
9. To what extent can individuals create societal change?
10. What role does art and literature play in societal and cultural change?
Our Grade Breakdown and Assessment Stuff
Your grade will be determined by your performance in the following categories:
Knowledge (20%): Students demonstrate the foundational information necessary to conduct analysis, evaluation & application.
Analysis (30%): Students can accurately articulate and elucidate the component parts – whether conceptual or factual.
Evaluation (20%): Students are able to articulate and synthesize a variety of perspectives and weigh them against one another based on a critical judgment of whether or not a concept, theory or action is supported by valid evidence. When evaluating, students take a position and arrive at a conclusion via a stated thesis.
Application (30%): Students can utilize (apply) learned knowledge or concepts in (to) novel situations. Students are able to select and use skills and/or concepts appropriate to a given problem/context/issue