Independence students will have 3 choices for their US History credits in the coming school year. Each of these courses will run one single trimester and students will have to take 2 of the 3 options in order to gain their full US History credits for graduation. The following are simple descriptions for these course choices.
Option 1: Modern American History Through Music
This modern American history course would center on examining major events from the 1950s through today by evaluating the music of the time period. Historical events greatly shaped the music of our country and we can learn a lot from looking at specific songs and the times that they reflect. This course will start with looking at major changes during the 1960s and how the Vietnam War greatly influenced music of the time. From there we will examine the birth of many new genres during the 1980s and how these genres reflected the political and economic issues of the times. During our 1990s unit, we will analyze how technology began to play a much larger role in the music industry and how American culture was shaped by this new merger. Finally, we will end with examining the music of the 2000s, and how dramatically the industry has changed from previous periods.
Option 2: American History Through Film
This course will attempt to explain some of the most important parts of American history by looking at historical films. Our first major film will be analyzing the movie Glory and the role that African American soldiers had during the Civil War. We will examine the history of the Civil War and specifically the background of the 54th Massachusetts regiment and compare their experience to the film on their achievements. Next, we will learn about the issues on the Great Plains between the American Government and the Native Americans over land ownership. We will watch Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee to compare actual historical events and Hollywood depictions.
Option 3: Independence in World War II
If you have ever wanted to learn about a major historical event through a more local focus this is the class for you! This course will be using the book "A Small Town Goes to War: The History of World War II Veterans of Independence, Wisconsin" to learn about the major events of WWII and the Independence veterans who were a part of them. Independence veterans were a part of some of the most important battles in the war and were even featured in LIFE magazine and make an appearence in the movie Hacksaw Ridge. This course will center on several research projects about these individuals and the artifacts that we have in the Indee Museum and hopefully making their stories more accessible to our community.
Length: (1) Trimester
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Cum Laude Points: 0
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