Historical Spotlights – American History: What COULD Have Been

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Imagine If History Took an Alternate Direction.  How Would Things Be Different Today?

This course is designed for K-12 educators, or those who are interested in furthering their knowledge of American history, while also providing exciting and enjoyable lessons for their classrooms. Students will explore several “close calls” during several different eras of United States history and analyze how these events, had they taken a different turn, would have changed America and the world. So many of these events, no matter how insignificant they might have seemed at the time, had long lasting effects on the nation. Students will have the opportunity to critically analyze historical events and create their own alternative outcome scenarios. As a final cumulative project, students will create their own lesson plans incorporating this technique of historical inquiry to intrigue their students and further their development as life-long learners.

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Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grade K-14) looking to foster a deeper appreciation for history and social science for themselves and their students, and how to incorporate new learning from the course into the classroom.

Course Materials: There are no textbook or audio-course requirements for this course.

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EDU-X795O – 007 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Historical Spotlights – American History: What COULD Have Been

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Adam Nance

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What You Will Learn

  • Analyze these historical events
  • Evaluate the possible outcomes had this event been altered
  • Propose the social, political, economic and/or military differences that could have occurred had the actual outcome of the event been different
  • Design engaging lesson plans for students to improve and enhance critical thinking


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It was an interesting way to approach history and I fully intend to utilizing what I learned in my classroom!