Who Tells Your Story: Interdisciplinary U.S. History

kim haynesSocial Studies
Instructor: Kim Haynes
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 13+
Meets: Wednesdays at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Pacific time


History is a story. Our understanding of history depends largely on who tells the story. Even nonfiction accounts of history are shaped by the historian creating them.

This class focuses on the "story" of the American Revolution and the early years of the United States. We will explore various events, people, and topics, considering different versions of each. We will discuss why these different versions exist, encouraging students to think critically about each version. These versions will include primary source documents and nonfiction accounts, as well as poetry, films, songs, and visual art, including the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.

Some materials used in this class may have content ratings of PG-13.

Required materials:
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis
1776 (musical film)
Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack*
*Hamilton does have explicit language, but a "clean" version can also be obtained. However, both plays have some adult content. Parents who are concerned may wish to preview the materials before signing up for the course.

Prerequisites: none

American history
Week 1: Welcome and Overview
Week 2: The Boston Massacre
Week 3: Paul Revere’s Ride
Week 4: Lexington and Concord/The Continental Soldier
Week 5: The Declaration of Independence
Week 6: Crossing the Delaware
Week 7: The Founding Fathers and Slavery
Week 8: The Stories that Weren’t Told: Other Perspectives on Revolutionary America Week 9: Hamilton, Act I
Week 10: Telling the Stories that Weren’t Told
Week 11: Hamilton, Act II: The Room Where It HappensAmerican history
Week 12: Hamilton, Act II: One Last Time and George Washington
Week 13: Hamilton, Act II: Weehawken and Legacies
Week 14: Project Work Time (no class attendance required)
Week 15: Project Presentations (longer than usual class for presentations)

US history

Semester-long classes are $245 each. Members pay $230!
We accept charter school funds

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