This is a full year class. Students will receive a comprehensive survey of United States history.
U.S. History analyzes political, social, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and intellectual factors to study the people, events, and movements of the American past. At the same time, it connects events and issues from the past to the concerns of the present. It considers the whole picture of U.S. history, including the role of believers and non-believers, to paint the bigger picture of how Christian faith and Deistic worldviews collided and combined in the founding and building of our “One Nation Under God.”
The course uses a secular text, chosen for its thoroughness and relative balance. The instructor will add more by bringing in photo archives, historical speeches, videos, and source documents, to make this a media-rich course that fosters dynamic class discussions well beyond the text.
The instructor will also provide the biblical foundation for understanding the challenges, victories, and failures of our history. America is still God's work in progress, and understanding our past will prepare students to more effectively participate in and even influence the continued unfolding of our common history.
Students will be expected to read and take notes on approximately 30 pages of material each week, complete weekly open-book take-home quizzes, participate in one in-class debate, write one research paper, and complete six closed book non-cumulative unit exams.
On an average week, students should prepare to spend approximately five hours a week outside of class time working on this course. This course is taught at a college-prep level.
Parents are encouraged to engage their students in conversation on the history of the U.S. and its relevance to modern life. Parents should ensure that students complete the weekly reading assignments, take-home quizzes, and papers. Parents will also need to proctor the unit exams.
There are no prerequisites for this course. The course is targeted to students in 10th grade and above but advanced 9th graders may also take the course.
This course is worth 1 credit of high school social studies for successfully completing the entire year. Parents are responsible for managing the transcript for their student. The teacher will communicate the end-of-course grade within 2 weeks of the final class date.
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
U.S. History - Part I:
$125.00 - payable at Fall registration
U.S. History - Part II:
$125.00 - payable at Spring registration
Each Bristol Academy student must also pay for insurance and for use of the church.
These fees are per-student, not per-course.
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Text will be provided on loan from Bristol Academy.
The American Pageant
by Kennedy, David M. and Cohen, Lizabeth