Students study, discuss and debate central issues in United States history between the 17th and 21st centuries. Readings include classic works on American political and literary life, contemporary social and cultural criticism, and significant primary and secondary historical sources. Sustained writing, research, and discussion deepen critical reasoning. One of the centerpieces of the U.S. History course is the students' completion of a semester-long, in-depth, largely self-guided research paper. The purpose of this paper is to solidify students' understanding of the historical process, to strengthen students' ability to conduct quality academic research, and to hone students' skills in the analysis, evaluation and interpretation of past events.
Students taking this class should be prepared for the rigor and intensive pace of this course and to complete significant reading assignments each evening. Students must be able to address complex historical theory. Students must be able to grasp these concepts and be comfortable writing formal essays.
United States History Honors, grade 11
Honors credit is available to any student who undertakes a rigorous program of additional reading and writing and discussion in addition to the regular work of the course. Honors assignments require longer or more difficult readings as well as more complex writing and thoughtful discussion. Students working for honors credit can expect to spend more time on work out of class than students who do not take Honors. Students must consistently maintain at least a B in order to receive honors credit and remain in the honors program.
Students are required to bring a laptop computer to class each day. If a student does not have a laptop, the summer programs office may be able to provide on loan for the summer. For more information, please contact us at 310-829-7391, ext. 506.
This is a UC/CSU/NCAA approved course.
Instructor: Drew Devore, Crossroads Faculty
Course #: 531
Section 1: 6/25-7/27/2018 M-F 8:30am-2:30pm* $2300
1 year History Credit
School is closed Wednesday, July 4.
*Students will be at school until 2:30pm (daily for this class) and are not permitted to leave campus for lunch.
Please note: this course is NOT available for online enrollment at this time. Crossroads students interested in enrolling must submit a request to their advisor. Requests will be reviewed by the Upper School administration. Once approved to enroll, the Summer Programs Office will email a link to parents with details.
Non-Crossroads students interested in enrolling should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with students name and name of current school. Parents will be contacted as space becomes available.
Important Information about Enrollment in Credit Classes:
Absences & Tardies
For Upper School credit courses students must plan to attend all twenty four days of class.
We understand that illness can happen in the summer. For classes that meet for twenty-four days, a student may miss a maximum of three class sessions. For classes that meet less than twenty-four, a student may only miss two class sessions. Two tardies to the same class may count as one absence.
When absent or late to class, students are still responsible for completing all assigned work. Students must complete all course requirements to receive Upper School academic credit. Additional absences will lower a student’s grade in the class and or may preclude the awarding of any credit.