American History for All Educators

EDZU 9699 (3 credits / 45 hours)

Location: Online
Instructor: Richard Acritelli

Start Date: 03/23/2022
End Date: 04/26/2022
Course Objectives (there will be assignments that will be tailored towards the needs of elementary, middle, and high school teachers – not every posted assignment, subject, objective will pertain to each one of these three types of different teachers and their content, instruction, goals, etc.)

Course Syllabus

American History for all Educators is designed to give teachers from the elementary and secondary levels information on the major historical events of our nation.  We will look at the formation of America through the major war, presidencies, reform period movements, civil rights, Supreme Court decisions, and the strengths and weaknesses of the United States.  The class will utilize DBQ's, Set I and Set II essays, and Regents multiple choice questions that are based upon historical documents.  We will analyze assessment and questioning techniques that are best suited for the new changing standards that have occurred in states like New York.  There will also be a needed sense of collaboration amongst social studies teachers to address the changes in curriculum and direction for this major subject and how we go forward with these new mandates. Interesting film clips, excellent primary and secondary source readings, documentaries, content from the colonial period to that of today, and much needed information for our students to handle the rigors of a new testing requirements and skills for social studies teachers.



Teachers enrolled in this course will...


  1.  The students will be able to know the importance of American History and its relevance within our own classrooms
  2. Determine the success and failures of American presidential leadership
  3. Importance of American domestic and foreign history that pertains to current events
  4. Role of race and ethnic issues that have seen struggles of American citizens to accept the assimilation of new immigrants and the Civil Rights Movement
  5. And explain the role of sports within American history (Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Billy Mills, Jim Thorpe, etc.).
  6. The importance of writing for our students to be able to clearly express themselves through the expectations that are required of them through state testing
  7. Describe the negative actions of Americans that opposed the United States and threatened the security of this country from the Revolutionary War to recent times




  1. The connections in how history for this country can and will repeat itself
  2. The importance of using primary and secondary source documents that demonstrate the decision-making rationale of our main leaders
  3. And explain the major causes of the wars/conflicts that the United States has fought from 1789 to present times
  4. The contributions that have been made by American citizens to defend this country during every type of conflict, especially since 9/11/01
  5. And explain the role of music, famous historical pictures, and quotes that relate to American history
  6. And describe the serious economic and social concerns that have posed challenges to the domestic peace, stability, and wealth of this nation
  7. The connection of reform towards the needs of our people from the Constitution to the economic, social, and political concerns of today

and Be Able To

  1. Determine how history, can and will repeat itself
  2. Explain the most pressing domestic problems that have impacted this nation since 9/11/01
  3. Connect history to media, film clips, the news, and movies
  4. Create assignments that are aligned with new state standards that rely a great deal on reading passages, documents, and the ability to connect historical actions to primary documents
  5. Identify the earliest exploration and colonial attempts by the Europeans to settle in North America
  6. Understand the different tribes in North America, there ways and customs, location, and issues that plagued their growth (Cherokee and Andrew Jackson, Dawes Act, Reservation System).
  7. Explain the security changes that the United States has faced since 9/11/01 and its relation to our citizens

and much, much more!

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