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Identity/Agency in U.S. History 1-2 (P) (6579, 6580)

Grade Range:
 Course co-requisite: American Literature 1,2 (or comparable recommended)
 Course duration:
 One Year.
Subject area in which graduation credit will be given:
 U.S. History
 UC subject area satisfied:
 a - History
 This course meets the Ethnic Studies graduation requirement.
Course Description:
 In this course, students will examine U.S. history from the nationís beginnings to the 21st Century from the perspectives of groups that have been marginalized due to ethnicity, race, class, gender, and sexual identity.

Students will analyze primary and secondary sources to develop arguments and use historical thinking skills, including contextualization, comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time, to evaluate instances of oppression and progress towards equality. They will study the influence of legal, political, philosophical, and technological forces on issues of equity and access, as well as the contributions of individuals to the fight for social and racial justice. Through their investigation of U.S. history, students will explore the American identity and learn to appreciate and respect the similarities and differences that characterize the people of this nation. They will also understand that individuals can make a difference, and can become agents of change by challenging prejudice, exclusion, and injustice in society.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 Danzer et al. The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century, McDougal Littell, 2006.