History

Stevenson Summer US History

Type: summer Available to: high school students who have completed grade 10 Schedule: three and a half hours a day, five days a week for five weeks in the summer Special Notes: Students taking this course are still expected to take a full load of courses in the following year. The course is in-person and our dorms are closed, so students must provide their own housing and meals. In this survey course, students investigate significant events and people in United States history from the 15th century to the present. While organized chronologically, this course also focuses on several themes that reverberate throughout the American experience: American and national identity; labor­ both free and enslaved; migration and settlement; politics and power; and geography and the environment. Students learn to focus their analysis of vital social, cultural, political, and economic moments in history by examining how these moments shape our perspective [...]

US History / AP US History

Type: honors available Available to: grade 11 students, grade 12 students in special cases, for honors see placement requirements link on the History Department page In this survey course, students investigate significant events, individuals, and processes in United States history from the 16th century to the present. While organized chronologically, this course also focuses on several themes that reverberate throughout the American experience: American and national identity; labor–– both free and enslaved; migration and settlement; politics and power; and geography and the environment. Throughout the year, course concepts resonate with literary analysis and cultural themes discussed in English 3 and English 3 Honors. Students learn to focus their analysis of vital social, cultural, political, and economic moments in history by examining how they shape our perspective on current social, economic, and political issues. Students develop and use the skills and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources [...]

The Modern World / The Modern World Honors

The modern world, loosely defined as the last four centuries, from the global Renaissance to the present, has been defined by massive transformation––social and political upheaval and revolution, industrialization, urbanization, global exchange and conflict, migration, and imperialism and colonization. This course combines a chronological and thematic approach to explore the historical roots of modernity. In endeavoring to consider the dynamic changes that modernity brings, students critically examine diverse perspectives––including people of color, young people, and women––as well as multiple points of view––oppression as well as resistance, emigration as well as immigration, the enslaved as well as the enslavers. This course challenges students to think historically, objectively, and globally, to evaluate historical sources, and to grapple with a variety of complex textual, visual, and physical materials to explore the modernization of the world and its role in shaping our contemporary world.

Introduction to Historical Studies

Available to: grade 9 students, required for those students This course is a Stevenson student’s initial exploration of historical studies, and it is intended to ground each learner in the core historical and academic skills needed for success in the discipline. Using the core questions of: How do context and policy impact personal decisions?, How do we talk about people in history and how has this changed over time?, and How do people respond to their experiences?, we hope students will deeply understand the relevance of historical studies to themselves and the world around them. Our core skills of chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, crafting historical arguments from evidence, and historical interpretation and synthesis are carefully broken down so that students can demonstrate confidence and proficiency on the first stage of scaffolding within their History journey at Stevenson. Our content centers around 20th century events, and we begin with [...]

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