History 7 – The Birth of U.S. Democracy: Voices of the People, Perspectives, Identity and Struggles

This 7th grade course will focus on examining early American history and the conflicts that arose from a young country’s search for identity and the struggles the country faced in its pursuit of the ideals of justice and equality for all. The objectives of the course are to engage students in critically thinking about the identity of the United States as a nation, to present various perspectives on history, and to highlight the historical struggles for justice that the country has gone through, and continues to today. The perspectives and experiences of enslaved people, women, the poor, the indigenous, immigrants, and workers (groups who traditionally receive little attention in history books) will be brought to the forefront in our studies. We will examine the interactions and roles various groups of people have played in shaping the history and identity of the United States.