US History

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, Guiding Questions and Essential Questions (TOIGQEQ)

  1. Protest movements
    1. How do we fight for our rights? 
    2. When is protest justified? Is protest ever not justified?
    3. What factors contribute to protests becoming revolutions?
    4. Are protests effective?
    5. How do we know when a revolution is justified?
    6. How do we know what the best way to govern is?
    7. What freedoms are necessary for voices to be heard?
    8. What makes a protest effective? Are protests effective?
    9. To what extent does the media influence protest movements?
    10. What role do non-profit organizations play in sustaining and promoting protest movements?
  2. Equality
    1. Is equality desirable? 
    2. What does equality look like? 
    3. How do concepts of equality change over time? 
    4. What factors in society create resistance to equality?
    5. Is equality a function of economics, culture or policy?
  3. Oppression
    1. Is culture or government the main oppressor in society? 
    2. What is the role of government in oppression? 
    3. What does it mean to be oppressed?
    4. In what ways do economic factors contribute to oppression?
    5. What methods do governments use to oppress its citizens?
    6. How can history inform us about issues of oppression?
    7. To what extent should governments take steps to remedy or repair past oppression?
    8. Is oppression of the few for the benefit of the many justified?
  4. Societal Change 
    1. How do we know when change is needed? 
    2. what are effective strategies for change?
    3. How are economic change and societal change related?
    4. How do we pursue political progress? 
    5. Are governments or culture the major engines of societal change? 
    6. To what extent can individuals create societal change 
    7. What role does the media play in societal change?
  5. Art & Literature
    1. What role does art and literature play in societal and cultural change? 
    2. In what ways are artistic movements linked to historical events and vice/ versa? 
    3. How can historians use art to inform understanding? 
    4. To what extent is art a faithful source of historical knowledge? 
    5. What is the role of art and literature in change movements?

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. 
Application: 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

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

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