US History Series 3: US Involvement in the World Wars

US History Series 3: US Involvement in the World Wars


About this course

This is the 3rd of 4 installments of our full year US History course series.  You don’t have to take them in order, but it is highly recommended. The other installments are:

US History Series 1: Colonies to the Civil War
US History Series 2: Reconstruction to the Progressive Era
US History Series 4: The Cold War to the Present


Recommended Ages: 12-17

Levels: Class is offered in 2 levels

Start Date: Closed for enrollment. Class consists of 8 lesson plans. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.

Price: $120

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This class is the third 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.

DISCLAIMER: 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. 😉

This is an academically advanced class, and not recommended for most children under 12 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). Younger students 12-13 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students age 14 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous homework.

LESSON PLANS: This is an 8 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. 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.

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.

DISCUSSION:There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All quizzes, labs, and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.

TIME: 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).

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


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