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US History I

US History I

Sophia's US History I course builds student knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from American prehistory through the era of Reconstruction. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and consideration of multiple perspectives through the analysis of primary sources. Students will learn how to think like a historian and apply a historian's lens to real-world situations. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Description

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This course uses problem-based learning and relatable real-world situations to help you understand historical events and eras. By evaluating multiple sources of information and points of view, you'll learn to think critically and contextually about history and its impact on the present.

Overview
This course encompasses key events and era in US History from prehistory and early settlers to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Themes, eras, and events include:

  • The First Settlers
  • Growth of the Colonies
  • The American War for Independence
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests), with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you'll know how to analyze primary and secondary sources to form and defend your conclusions. You'll be able to think more like a historian by using different contextual lenses to understand events and eras through a variety of perspectives.

For more course details and Learning Outcomes, download the syllabus.

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12 Student Reviews
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by Jonathan U. on November 8, 2017
Sophia classes are the best!!! I’ve taken classes with straighterline and the content and resources available do not come close to Sophia. Thank You !!!
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by Marcus G. on November 5, 2017
Took me longer than 60 days, but not by much. Working full time while taking course.
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by Jessica S. on October 31, 2017
So much content..! It felt impossible but I did it!!
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by Christina R. on October 26, 2017
I enjoyed the course. I thought the test questions were a bit obscure. Points I thought were important were not tested on but little details seemed to be. Overall a good course and I will be taking US History II as well.
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by Katrina O. on October 23, 2017
This was an easy and very interesting course. It reviewed basics of american history that I have forgotten. I would recommend this course to someone who needs a humanities class to complete a degree.
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by Rebecca L. on October 15, 2017
There is a ton of information to read...the test questions are difficult. I had to get an extension on this course. It has great information, but is very intense.
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by Rose T. on October 6, 2017
I like video tutorials better
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by Brett L. on September 29, 2017
Great history course. I learned a lot! The only concern I have is some of the text in certain sections. In one challenge, the phrase "in other words" is used multiple times; three almost back-to-back which was a little distracting. There is a lot of great information.

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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?
    A: Your overall score is derived from how you do on two types of assessments: Challenges, which are formative assessments, and Milestones, which are summative assessments. Sophia’s English Composition I, Foundations of English Composition, and Public Speaking courses also include written assignments, called Touchstones, that also contribute to your overall score.
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