Enroll in Advanced US History with Dolphin STEM Academy
This online course is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to think critically and to
gain factual knowledge about US history. Students will learn to analyze and critique historical
materials and evaluate historical interpretations presented in research. This course will help
learners acquire the necessary skills to come to conclusions based on informed judgments and
provide sound reasoning and evidence for those judgments.
Each of the units in the course provides students with a survey of US history topics in which they
analyze problems and themes for each era through supplementary readings while developing and
deepening their understanding of the events, people, and places that were relevant during the
time period. Students will also learn to assess primary and secondary sources. This course is
meant to have students think conceptually about the issues facing the United States and how
those issues have influenced our history, rather than just memorizing facts and dates.
Students will write often in this course in the form of both short answers and essays. These
writings will require students to think critically and thoughtfully on different topics and on
different interpretations of history. Students will encounter frequent prompts to analyze and
interpret a wide variety of original source documents. In addition, students are asked to read the
works of historians, to answer questions about how those historians present events, and to
compare and analyze how the historians’ approach affects readers’ perceptions of the events and
people involved (see especially “Nixon’s ‘Imperial’ Presidency” in unit 7, semester B).
By the end of the course, the student will
• have gained knowledge of US history that will help them on the college-level exam;
• understand the dynamic nature of history;
• be able to analyze and synthesize primary source documents;
• be able to discuss and analyze varying and, in many cases, conflicting interpretations of history; and
• be able to write essays that are focused on the critical analysis of historical events, places, and people.