US MODERN HISTORY
A unique look at US History from 1900-2010. Spending time in each decade, we’ll learn about world events while creating hands-on projects and exploring the architecture, music, primary sources, photography, and art of the era. This approach will help history come alive in a way that a typical textbook struggles.
For example, while studying the 1930’s we will learn about the Great Depression, the Dustbowl, the migration of workers, and The New Deal through a wide range of primary sources. We’ll look at the work of the CCC and photographer Dorthea Lange. We will look at WPA-era public murals created in this time period, focusing on Texas, and the students will draw their own in the same style. We’ll listen to big bands and swing music. We will chart the rise of aviation and automotive technology and we will also discuss happenings throughout the world - both of which help us build a timeline that will bring us into the 1940s and understand America’s involvement in World War II. Most decades will take three weeks of study to complete.
This class will average 2.5 hours of homework a week, with a mix of graphic novels, selected readings, videos, and worksheets to complete at home. Class time will maximize group learning and projects. Supply costs include a student sketchbook and shared class art supplies during the class duration.
Students will be assigned a semester-end project each semester which is figured into the homework average. There will be ample time and abundant choice as to what project the student can choose to maximize their interest in the subject matter and medium they choose.
· Students must have computer access, able to research and write on historical subjects.
· Students must have Microsoft Word/ MS Word or some common word-processing program mainly for creating documents, such as handouts and students' homework assignments
· Students must have the ability to email papers to the teacher.
· Students must come to class on time, be seated, and be prepared to begin class
· Students must turn in assigned homework.
· While this is not a traditional history class, this is not a remedial class. Students will be expected to turn in high school-level work.
· Students must actively participate in class discussions and presentations.
Required text & supplies:
· Loose-leaf paper- brought to class
· 2” - 3 ring binder - to collect readings and primary sources
· A sketchbook (which will be provided on the first day of class and is included in your supply cost)
Grades: Mature 8th - 12th
Teacher: Mrs. Amy Moore
Cost: $19.50/week for 32 weeks and a one-time $75 material fee