Uncovering History: A Student-Led Journey of Discovery – Year-long Course
NEW Course! “Most history classes start in the past and work toward the present day. In this class, we’re going to move in the opposite direction. We’ll start in the present day and work our way backward to discover how our world today was shaped by events in the past. By exploring history in this way, students will be better equipped to understand and analyze the world around them. Let’s get started!”
~ Dr. Kirsten Stein
|Instructor||Dr. Kirsten Stein|
|Content Levels||Grades 7-8 • Junior High|
Grades 9-10 • Lower High School
Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
|Course Length||32 Weeks - Year-long|
|Live Webinars Held On||Tuesdays, 1:00 PM Pacific - 50 - 80 minute webinars - 8/15/23 - 5/18/24|
Do you crave a deeper understanding of the past and how it impacts the present? Are you looking for a more meaningful and exciting way to delve into the past and its impact on today’s world? If so, come join us on a student-led journey of discovery through history!
This course empowers you to take ownership of your learning and explore the people, events, and ideas that have shaped our world.
We will begin our journey in the present day and work backward through time to recognize and discover the events that helped form the world we know today. Each one of us will begin with a single concept, item, or event, and follow the web-like events that brought about that concept, item, or event.
Our focus is to inspire you to ask meaningful, thought-provoking questions, connect the dots between present & past, and cultivate a deep understanding of the complex narratives that make up history. Join us for a dynamic journey of discovery, where you’ll conduct your own research, unleash your creativity, and participate in dynamic group discussions to expand your knowledge of the past and enhance your analytical thinking.
Get ready to uncover hidden truths and see history in a whole new light!
Note to Parents:
This course is for self-motivated, self-starters. It is for students who thrive on exploring topics in-depth on their own. It is designed for students who are interested in history and want to delve deeper into the subject matter, rather than just memorizing dates and facts. This course is also well-suited for students who enjoy taking ownership of their own learning and are comfortable working independently, while also being able to collaborate and engage in discussions with others. Students who are open-minded, willing to think critically, and eager to explore new ideas and perspectives with others will thrive in this course.
Due to the explorative & interactive nature of this course, this class is limited to a small number of students. Every week, students will be expected to research information about their chosen trajectory, share & discuss their findings, and engage in discussions about their classmates’ findings. Although the breadth and depth of their exploration are up to you and your student, students should be prepared to put in weekly effort into this class.
Your student should embody the characteristics above before signing up for this course. Parental support is needed for this course.
This course can be taken once or repeated in order to deepen exploration.
What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:
- Engage in weekly exploration of a topic of the student’s choice, discovering connections within a certain time period. The exploration will include their home country, another country of choice, and the global stage.
- Working on a course-based project highlighting the theme of study. This project will be continuous–students will add to it every week and share their findings with the class in each webinar. Project and historical depth will vary by student. Students will be encouraged to follow their passions to discover history based on their interests.
What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:
- Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
- Additional resources will be found by students who will share them with the class.
What to expect during the weekly webinar:
- Weekly webinars are 50-90 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
- Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
- Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
- Ask fellow students questions about their discoveries.
What to Expect During the School Year:
- Work on a course-based project highlighting the theme of study. This project will be continuous–students will add to it every week and share their findings with the class in each webinar. Project and historical depth will vary by student. Students will be encouraged to follow their passions to discover history based on their interests.
Before taking this course, students should be able to:
- Read at a strong 7th grade level or above.
Students should be willing to:
- Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
- Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
- Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.
To get the most out of this course, students should be able and willing to:
- Create a long-term, history-based project/presentation, adding information to it every week.
- Possess the skills and desire needed to explore and research information on the Internet.
- Parents: See the full description for more details.
Required books & materials:
- Direct access to a Google Drive.