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American History


American History in Films

High School, 1 Credit Course 

Meets: 2023 – 2024 | Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST

Instructor: Angie Ferrell

Required: Access to films listed for the course


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American History 

Course:  American History in Film 2023-2024

Full Name of Teacher: Angela Ferrell

Semester or Full Year: Full Year

Age Group/Grades: 9th-12th grades

Day: Mondays

Time: 2:00 PM CST

Class Description:

American History is a full-year high school-level course. Students will study United States History using videos and films as the primary “texts.” Films will include award-winning full-length feature films, dramas, comedies, documentaries, and educational shorts, such as YouTube videos. We will examine a wide range of topics, including politics, economics, war, religion, culture, sports, and technology. We have selected films that present history in an entertaining and memorable way—worth watching for their own sake. This course is not an easier alternative to a textbook-based history course. It will be as challenging as any other history course, but more engaging.

Students of American History in Films will practice watching carefully and critically, honing skills of observation and interpretation. Most of the films are free and can be viewed online, and a variety of instructional shorts will be used to supplement topics each week. Not every film is mandatory. All of the films will be rated G, PG, or PG-13. This class will challenge your student to think deeply about history and examine the role of culture in American history.

Assignments will include keeping a timeline notebook to record key historical events throughout American history, written discussions with classmates to encourage critical thinking, a year-end presentation of a historical speech, and two-semester exams over the key themes and big ideas of the studied time periods.

Required texts:

  •         Blank timeline notebook (provided)
  •         TNHA American History in Films study guide



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