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U.S. History for High School

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This course analyzes political, social, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and intellectual factors to study the people, events and movements of America’s past and present, ultimately connecting the events and issues from the past to the concerns of the present. It considers the whole picture of U.S. history, 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 textbook chosen for its thoroughness and balance in this regard. The teachers add to the text by bringing in photo archives, historical speeches, literature excerpts, videos, and source documents, to make this a content-rich course that fosters dynamic class discussions around and beyond the textbook. The teachers also provide the biblical foundation for understanding the challenges, victories, and failures of our history. America is a continual work in progress, and understanding our past will prepare students to more effectively participate in and even influence the continued unfolding of our history.

Grade Levels*:
9, 10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Notes and Conditions

Scope: This course surveys Colonial to Present, and emphasizes the period from Civil War Reconstruction to Present. TPS U.S. History for Middle School surveys Colonial to Present, and emphasizes the period from Colonial to Reconstruction.

“This course offers so much more than simply reading a textbook and hearing a lecture. Students do historical research on their own and present it in class, and read intriguing primary resources. Plus, the presentations are always engaging and detailed.”

Rachel F

“This course gave me a better understanding of the progression of U.S. history, in the context of what was going on in the entire world. The workload prioritizes learning without being overwhelming.”

Julianna W

“Before I took this course, I just accepted all the information I read in history books… However, this course has helped me open my eyes and identify the biases in history textbooks. Because of this, I can go deeper into history and break through the surface which is where I started at the beginning of this course. Now I can better recognize what in history is fact and what is opinion. This course is REAL history.”

Noah M

“I would recommend this course because the assignments are designed to learn what is needed, in a fun way. The weekly videos are presented in a very understandable way and the content in the book can be more easily understood with the Pearson on-line resources.”

Daelyn V

“This course is great! I learned more about U.S. History in this course than I thought possible. The class time is mostly discussion, which I found really helpful. The homework is not too bad. I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and learned a lot!”

Halena H
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