The goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore history through six modes of expression that are connected to the lived experiences of young people in the United States. We’ll be exploring histories of play, food, music, dance, sports, and visual arts. Many of the things that we do to express ourselves are rooted in important cultural traditions, experiences, and personal and collective histories. This course is designed to provide a space to share and learn about the shared historical aspects of our humanity in the context of living in the United States while also acknowledging and embracing the differences in who we are.
- The course begins on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
- Classes will occur once a week for six weeks.
- Classes will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET/ 2:00 p.m. PT.
- Weekly classes are 60 minutes in length on Zoom. These sessions will incorporate a combination of lectures, activities conducted on the Zoom chat, polls, Q&As, and discussions.
This course is for middle school students (grades 6–8). Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend the course but are asked not to participate in polls or submit discussion questions so that we may prioritize student learning.
Schedule and Registration
Registration is for the full 6-session course. Students must have a Gilder Lehrman account to register for a History School course. Log in or create a free account here. Please follow the instructions on the registration page.
Once registered, students will be enrolled in the Gilder Lehrman Online Learning Community and have access to course content and materials.