US History & Civics 8 is designed to challenge students to embrace American History through a survey of American “conflicts” and the study of the “character” of those who have served and impacted our nation. While the course focuses on the conflicts and events that have directly affected our nation, it will also go into limited detail on how America has affected the world and how the world has affected America. Students will utilize a variety of learning activities to gain a deeper understanding of the conflicts, wars, characters, and events that have shaped our nation. These conflicts and events include: the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the formation of our government, the War of 1812, the Westward Expansion and the Mexican-American War, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrialization and the Spanish-American War, Immigration, the World Wars, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the conflicts of the 21st century. The primary content for the Civics portion of the course pertains to the principles, functions, and organization of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights, responsibilities of United States citizens; and methods of active participation in our political system. This course will challenge students to expand their own skills as they complete a variety of projects and assignments (individual and cooperative) designed to improve their research, analytical, and presentation (both written and verbal) skills as they put to practice the knowledge gained by the chronological narrative. These projects include poster board representations, a five-paragraph American history report, debates, digital presentations, and newspaper productions. The twice-weekly class component will allow for additional project time to be utilized in the classroom as well as adequate lecture and lesson time for note taking. This approach is designed to help middle school students learn how to “study” material presented and master it in preparation for high school history courses. Weekly use of Circle’s eLearning Campus (online classroom component) will be required. This course serves as a core academic middle school course. This course meets twice a week.
10 Jan 2017