History of the United States

Course Overview:

Know the past. Engage in the present. Impact the future. This is the vision statement for social studies in PPS.

This course is designed to explore the question: "What does it mean to be an American?" Students will examine this question from multiple perspectives of race, gender, and social class as the country expands and develops from its pre-colonial beginnings to modern times. American ideals of democracy, equality, individual rights, justice and prosperity are examined alongside American realities. A variety of sources will be used including historical documents, literature, art, film, as well as other aspects of American culture, both historical and contemporary.

Projects

Weekly Assignments

Reflection Journals

Part of this course requires you to reflect on your learning and apply it to your own life. Each week you will compose a short reflective response based on your experiences in class. Think about discussions that stood out to you, things you would like to learn more about; questions, comments, or concerns are welcome. Try to be critical!

Responses are due SUNDAYS at midnight.

Close Readings are On Hold!

At this point you should have completed FOUR close readings. Use this time to catch up if you have not completed your close readings yet!

NO ADDITIONAL CLOSE READINGS ARE DUE UNLESS I ASSIGN THEM TO YOU IN CLASS

You may use one of our class readings available here, or a document of your own choosing. Acceptable documents include newspaper & magazine articles, book chapters, poems, movie reviews, etc. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask!

For an example of a well written close reading assignment, click here.