US Involvement in the World Wars

Recommended Ages: 12-17 (Class is offered in two levels)
Start Date: This class will have TWO Spring sessions- starting January 9 or April 3. Class runs for 8 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
Fee: $100
Instructor: Dylan Monshaugen
Grading: Optional
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This class is the second in my US History series that began with US History through the Civil War. While the first class in the series is not a prerequisite for this class, it is recommended to take the first class to give a wider look at US history in chronological order. In this class we will be studying both World Wars. The American perspective of the war will be the primary focus; but we will also be covering the politics, strategies, economics, and motives of the European countries involved. On the American side we will be looking into the policies, technology, economics, tactics, and battles. The World Wars would be nearly impossible to study without context for why they happened, so there will also be brief studies on the lead up to World War I and the period between World Wars in both Europe and the United States. By the end of this class the student should have knowledge the reasons for both wars, major policies, technology and weaponry, important battles with their significance, politics , and economics in both World Wars.
Week 1: Lead up to American Involvement in WWI
This week will cover the circumstances that led to World War I. Beginning by briefly covering Otto von Bismarck, we will be moving into the complicated system of nationalism and alliances that pervaded early twentieth century Europe. We will end the week with the beginning of the war.
Week 2: US before their entrance into the war
The second week will give a little bit of history on pre WWI America. We will be looking into the newly developed technology and weapons the Americans would be using. The week will end with the US entering the war.
Week 3: To war!
With the Americans finally joining in the war, a fresh group of faces is ready to keep the war going. We will be looking into their stories and horrors through the fighting. This week will end in the end of the war.
Week 4: The US between wars
Similar to Week 4 we will be focusing on the United States during the period between wars. The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression will be the major focus of this week.
Week 5: Europe and Asia between wars
The period between world wars is critical in understanding the start of the Second World War. The political climate throughout Europe is one of the most important factors in that. We will be studying the rises of communism and fascism, the global depression, the convoluted reparation system, and more.
Week 6: The Second World War
This week will focus on the beginning of the war in Europe. The involvement of the European powers will be the main point of this week: political players and generals, battles, types of warfare, strategy, and motivations will all be covered.
Week 7: Pearl Harbor
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor begins this week. US action in the Pacific Theater will make up most of this week. It will end with the Americans joining the European stage.
Week 8: The War Ends
The final week of the class will cover the end of the war both in Europe and East Asia. About the last half of the lesson will cover the fall out and consequences of the World Wars
This is an 8 week class that begins on January 9 and ends February 27 OR April 3 and ends on May 22. Students have 2 weeks after that date to complete all work.
I will post all lesson plans and homework assignments on Tuesdays by 5pm PST. Discussion occurs throughout the week, as students interact with the instructor and other students via our online message board. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Cost: The total fee for the 8 classes is $100
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course. Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that are the main difference. Generally, there are a few hands on projects for the students to choose from, allowing them to truly engage with the material they have learned. Younger students 12-13 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students ages 14 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous homework. In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
When you enroll, you have the option of having your student graded or not. ALL students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion board, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their work in addition to feedback. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.
This is history, not math. There is not a right and wrong, black and white answer to everything! So much in history can be subjective and argued over endlessly. I’m presenting the facts the best I can from various sources I’ve researched. I don’t consider any history book to be 100% accurate. It’s impossible. And same with this course. I compiled my research and put together the most authentic story I could, considering I wasn’t personally privy to the goings on during this time period. 😉
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