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I only have 13 weeks to teach U.S. History to over-aged and under-credited high school students in an inner city setting. This will be my third year teaching this course and this year I wanted to change things up. Instead of just reducing the amount of material and focusing on limited content in U.S. History, I want to create a solid social justice curriculum centered in U.S. History. I am a history lover and have thousands of ideas about topics to focus on, but 13 weeks is still not a lot of time, especially with my students. I think focusing on social justice themes will make it more meaningful, but I am looking for suggestions and feedback about what to actually cover in these 13 weeks.
What do you believe are the most important content points and skills to cover in a 13 week social justice/U.S. History course?
Any ideas, comments, of tips would greatly be appreciated about the content focus within a 13 week social justice/U.S. History course. Thanks so much~
Something that could be interesting is to take the major court cases Brown vs. Board of Education, Plessy vs. Ferguson etc.) throughout US History that dealt with creating social justice throughout different time periods. Allow your students to research the cases and see how they helped better social justice in American and the general effects they had on America at the time as well as the major effects in the future. I think this would be a great way to make social justice the overall theme of the history course!