This course teaches history by encouraging students to walk in the shoes of a plantation owner, a slave, a freeman, a middle class northerner, and a very poor southerner. How did the United States come to be a simmering pot of conflict which eventually erupted into the bloodiest American war. Students are encouraged to learn from the past so they can realize how they themselves are also a part of history today. This course focuses on the causes or war, the war itself and the aftermath, known as “Reconstruction”.
Recommended series for grade 8: completes 8th grade CA Social Science Standards
- Birth of a Nation
- The New Republic
- Reforming America
- The Nation Divides and Reunites