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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.

Reviews

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164 Student Reviews
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by Eva C. on January 20, 2020
A lot of back and worth. Very interesting course, it refreshed my memory on US History.
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by Tashambreia K. on January 16, 2020
Honestly speaking from a person who sucks at history... Sophia has been excellent with helping me. They allowed me time and even stopped me from making the decision to reset a milestone before finishing up everything. I was really nervous I wouldnt pass but I thank them because I just did! I'm more than happy & grateful & if I can do it... SO CAN YOU.
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by Marvin P. on January 15, 2020
I really enjoyed this course and learned so much!
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by Jessica N. on January 13, 2020
I am not at all a fan of history, while I did learn some things it was not as easy to pass as I thought it might be. Thankfully it's open book so I was able to use all of the resources to get through this course.
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by Amanda M. on January 12, 2020
This was a hard class but informal.
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by Jimmi M. on January 12, 2020
This mis a tough class. However if you really are interested in History, This is an Excellent course. Things I had forgotten from my early days of school were brought back and reinforced. You will also find the parallel pattern of the past in todays society and politics.
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by Frank R. on January 12, 2020
I thought it was ok. Focuses mainly on slavery and racism, not history. Milestone question seem to be deliberately wrote to trick or undermined learner, not educate.
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by Vincent P. on January 7, 2020
I enjoyed the storytelling approach to setting up each challenge. The challenges and milestones were very interesting and helped me recall periods of history I hadn't studied in a long time.

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    A: The Free Trial allows you to access the course of your choice, or multiple courses. It gives you access to the first unit ("Challenge 1") in the course. This will let you meet the course instructors, sample the instructional content, and answer a set of assessment questions in the Challenge. You can also read the Student Guide and watch an Orientation Video to learn more about the course format, requirements, and resources.

    Any work you complete in the Free Trial is saved, so if you decide to register, you do not need to repeat it. Of course, we also let you reset it and start over if you wish.

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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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