Honors U.S. History
*Recommended: PSAT Verbal score of 28 or better
At the Honors level, students should be adept at writing essays and taking notes. This class builds upon these skills and presents a survey course in American history. It is more detailed and accelerated than the college preparatory U.S. History. The first semester will cover American history up to the Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War. The spring semester will focus on post-Reconstruction developments and cover major historical events into the modern era. Students will be expected to read historical essays, biographies, and primary source materials. Research projects and papers will also be required. In addition, students will be expected to master map skills for the periods studied. All students will construct a major research paper in the second semester. Summer reading is required.
There is no need to purchase a textbook for this course. Materials will be provided by the instructor. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by OpenStax from Rice University