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Course Syllabus: American Heroes and Villains


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Course Description

Just as there have been famous and infamous personalities that have arisen on the world stage through the ages, America has had its share of notable personalities--ranging from the very good to the very, very bad.  While not always at the forefront of people's conscious, it would seem unlikely that America would be what it is today without its "good guys" and, yes, even its "bad guys".

 

So what makes a person a national hero or villain?  What set of circumstances in a person's life and in the history of a nation need to coalesce in order to bring a person from obscurity to the level of fame or infamy where they are recognized by name?  Why is George Washington famous?  Why is Charles Manson?  How about Jesse James or Linus Pauling?  What makes each of them unique to such an extent that they are now household names?

 

This course will provide a brief biographical overview of many of America's most notable heroes and villains, along with an analysis of why each one is well-known in our history.  Further, it will provide criteria for better understanding why and how each of these persons became who they are in our collective lives.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: An Introduction to America's Heroes and Villains

Lesson 2: Early America

Lesson 3: Colonial America

Lesson 4: Revolutionary America, Part I

Lesson 5: Revolutionary America, Part II

Lesson 6: The Young Republic

Lesson 7: Expansion and Reform Era

Lesson 8: Civil War and Reconstruction

Lesson 9: The Wild West and the Second Industrial Revolution

Lesson 10: World War I

Lesson 11: World War II and Korea

Lesson 12: Post War to the End of the Century, Part I

Lesson 13: Post War to the End of the Century, Part II

Lesson 14: The New Millennium

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what it means to be considered an American hero or villain.
  • Know American heroes and villains in early America.
  • Know American heroes and villains in the Expansion and Reform Era.
  • Know American heroes and villains in the Civil War and Reconstruction.
  • Know American heroes and villains in The Wild West and the Second Industrial Revolution.
  • Know American heroes and villains in World War I, World War II and the Korean War
  • Know American heroes and villains in Post War to the End of the Century
  • Post War to the End of the Century, Part I, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1: An Introduction to America’s Heroes and Villains9
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2: Early America10
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3: Colonial America10
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4: Revolutionary America, Part I10
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5: Revolutionary America, Part II9
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6: The Young Republic10
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7: Expansion and Reform Era10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8: Civil War and Reconstruction9
Henry Ford Racist?20
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9: The Wild West and the Second Industrial Revolution10
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10: World War I10
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11: World War II and Korea9
Lesson 12 Assignment25
Lesson 12: Post War to the End of the Century, Part I10
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13: Post War to the End of the Century, Part II10
Lesson 14 Assignment25
Lesson 14: The New Millennium8
Total Points:504
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