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Category: Social Studies/ History

This three credit graduate level course is designed to provide educators with an in-depth exploration of American history during the 1400s and the 1500s through the creation of a federal union and the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787. This is an online Moodle class, and each session contains a series of lessons, videos, written responses, and other activities. This course is designed for teachers from grades K-12. The course has no prerequisites or prior requirements.

Participants will be able to:
1. explain how the first Americans discovered and settled a new world.
2. analyze the ways in which Great Britain was able to expand its power in North America.
3.summarize the major role that the Indians played in colonial American history.
4. develop a project-based learning activity to use in their own classrooms related to colonial American history.
5. investigate the major reasons why the American colonists chose to move toward becoming independent from Great Britain.
6. justify how the American colonists were able to defeat Great Britain in the Revolutionary War despite overwhelming odds.
7. determine how the former American colonies created new state governments.
8. describe how the American colonists were able to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America and create a federal union.
9. create a PowerPoint presentation on the significance of a person or event from the colonial era of American history.

Registration for this course must be done online.