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U.S. History for Middle School

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This course walks students through the exciting history of the United States, using biographical and source documents, which are analyzed and discussed in class. We start with Colonial America through America’s westward expansion (1750-1850), focusing on the events and people that shaped the young nation, with emphasis on the role of biblical faith in the development of the colonies, states and movement west. Then we move to the Civil War and reconstruction, through the turn of the century, WWI, the depression, WWII, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the country through the Reagan years (1850-1988), and into the present day. To help students understand the events in greater context, we analyze the movements and ideologies that led to the colonization, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and reshaping of the nation, and then America as a global superpower, currently with some similar but also some changed views than those of our founders. As the year progresses, the readings, discussions and essays advance from more basic to slightly more sophisticated, as students develop their own analysis and expression skills.

Grade Levels*:
7, 8
* 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 Colonial to Civil War Reconstruction. TPS U.S. History for High School surveys Colonial to Present, and emphasizes the period from Reconstruction to Present.

“Take this course because you not only learn a lot, but you are also given the opportunities to write research papers that many students do not write until they are in late high school or college. This course was also fun and I always enjoyed it.”

Ashley S

“This course taught me so much and helped me develop an appreciation for the history of the United States. Along with learning about the different events in US history, I learned how to write book reports and research papers. The different topics were fun to learn about and explore, and the books were extremely interesting.”

Dianna P

“This class is amazing! I learned a lot about history and current events. History is now one of my favorite subjects. Thank you!”

Kohen R

“One of my favorite classes this year. I was challenged in both of my research papers, but I took it step by step and was very satisfied with the end result of the essays. The guideline for the research papers were very smooth and helpful in the process of writing. The assignment was stretched out over several weeks and gave week-to-week instructions so as to help me achieve the best essay I could write.”

Nate C
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