US Women’s History Series 1: From Puritans to Pioneers

US Women’s History Series 1: From Puritans to Pioneers


About this course

This is the 1st of 2 installments in our Women’s US History course.  The second installment is:

US Women’s History Series 2: The Gilded Age to the 2000s

No hard prerequisites. US History Series 1 or equivalent US history knowledge from colonial through western expansion is highly suggested. Because many of our students take US history and Women’s history, we have spaced Women’s history out a bit differently. Our US history provides a solid background on which the Women’s history class is built. Series 1 of US Women’s History correlates with US History Series 1, it is offered in the spring after US History Series 1 finishes in the fall. US Women’s History Series 2 therefore starts in the fall, after US History Series 2, 3, and 4 finish in the spring.

You do NOT have to take women’s history 1 before 2.

Recommended Ages: 13-17

Disclaimer: At times, mature subject matter will be discussed in this class that may not be suitable for students under 13.

Start Date: This course is not currently open for enrollment. Class consists of 4 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: $75

Space Available: This course is not currently open for enrollment. Please join our mailing list to be notified when it is open again.

 From Puritans to Pioneers is the first of a two part series about the roles of women in the United States. From the earliest days of Jamestown and Plymouth, women were instrumental in the formation and the perpetuation of the country; and they contributed in ways that often get completely overlooked.Let’s give these women the credit they deserve through studying the contributions to the American Dream. (The history studied in this course lines up near perfectly with the historical context that is studied in US History Series 1. It serves as a deeper look into the people who formed and fought for the United States.)

This is an academically advanced class, and not recommended for most children under 13 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!).

LESSON PLANS: This is a 4 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: 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 students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

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).

Disclaimer: As this course focuses on US history from the perspective of women, a discussion about the role and evolution of sex in women’s history is important, relevant, and will be briefly discussed at times in this course.

Week 1: Colonial Women

The first week of this course begins with the earliest European women who arrived in the New World. Focusing on the early American colonies, we will explore the role of women in the formative years of the United States. Women in the New World often found themselves in new situations but in the same old traditional gender roles. 

Week 2: Revolutionary Women

As the American colonies grew into a major power in Britain’s imperial system, they found themselves looking away from the Crown and towards independence and the West. In this week, we will be looking into the roles of women as the colonies became more settled and the Revolutionary War loomed over the heads of many.

Week 3: Antebellum Belles

After the United States gained its independence from the British, the roles of women developed further. In some cases, these women filled roles as ladies of the house, posh women who were relegated to the luxurious plantation homes of the Antebellum South.; but in others, they stepped into lives of drudgery and difficulty.At the beginning of the nineteenth century, women were on the precipice of changing the spheres in which they operated in American society.

Week 4: Abolitionists and African Americans

As the drastic changes in American life due to the Civil War approached, so too did changes in the way women acted. This week covers African American women living in slavery and the women who worked to free them. Though it was not clear at first, women in the mid-nineteenth century were setting themselves up for a wave of revolution over the next 150 years.

Week 5: War and the West

Women played important roles in both the Civil War and westward expansion. Through a variety of jobs and careers, women contributed to the war effort and the building of the American West. This week focuses on those brave pioneers who focused took to battlefields and unknown territories and paved the way for both men and women to follow in their footsteps.


Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.

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