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U.S. History I

U.S. History I

Sophia's US History I course builds your 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. You 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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Category: Social Science

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Description

U.S. History I

Course Description
Sophia's US History I course builds your 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. You will learn how to think like a historian and apply a historian's lens to real-world situations.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must 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

At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Interpret or analyze a primary source to draw conclusions about a historical event
  • Apply different historical lenses in order to critically analyze historical events through a variety of
    perspectives
  • Understand the events, people, and motivations involved in the settling of the Americas
  • Recognize the events and factors that lead up to the American Revolution
  • Analyze the political, social and economic climate during and after the drafting of the constitution
  • Evaluate the events leading up to the Civil War and understand the key players, battles, and rationales
  • Analyze how historians have interpreted the era of reconstruction and the causes for the collapse of reconstruction
  • Trace the evolution of slavery and examine the experience of slaves from the age of exploration
    through the era of reconstruction

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

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by Darla M. on September 20, 2020
Very interesting course, note taking did not help. But it was very informative and enjoyed it.
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by Dakota B. on September 20, 2020
Overall a wonderful course with a lot of knowledge.
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by Carlo D. on September 20, 2020
Took me forever to finish
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by Miranda A. on September 20, 2020
great class
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by Jon A. on September 19, 2020
While an audio option is better than just a written curriculum, it is just a word for word read of the course. It's pretty dry. Combine that with no option to speed up the audio, folks that don't learn well from simply reading text will be at a disadvantage. However, the course is less focused on "memorize these dates" and more concerned with explaining how and why things are related, which is a huge relief if you're bad a memorization (like me).
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by Reginald H. on September 19, 2020
I believe this is a very good course, however, you must have the time to completely study the material that is presented. It is very challenging and thought provoking, I have learned things in this course that I had no ideal of, and today I use some of it to educate others.
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by Mike M. on September 18, 2020
This course was tough!
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by Otavio M. on September 18, 2020
This course is extremely interesting and makes an effort to share all perspectives on a fact, even the ones deemed controversial. It has a lot of content, and by that I mean A LOT, which is good because if you pay attention, memorize and understand the reasons behind events you get to enrich your interpretation of current events in a way that might even surprise yourself. My only suggestion would be to break down the course until its third chapter, as it is disproportionally bigger than the other Sophia courses I've taken. Other than that, very interesting and thorough course, I'm not an US native and was surprised by how rich US history is.

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