Overview

In this course, students will investigate US History through the lens of Minnesota's shared history, and will integrate the study of geography, government and civics, personal finance and microeconomics in order to develop a more dynamic and interdisciplinary understanding of Minnesota Studies. We will examine many moments in Minnesota's history such as its indigenous populations, the arrival of white Europeans in the 16, 17, & 1800s, the abolition movement, the Civil and Dakota Wars, immigration, the Industrial Revolution, the Rights Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, and modern Minnesota. Students will engage in rigorous inquiry through multiple modalities: analyzing primary and secondary sources; embedding artistic analysis and design into our study of Minnesota history; collaborating on project based learning and guided inquiry based on the INNOVATE model; joining together for interdisciplinary and cross-curricular studies; and engaging in curriculum from the perspective of a historian "doing" history. We will take special care to view Minnesota's history through the eyes of many multicultural stakeholders, including Native Americans, African Americans, East African and Hmong Americans, as well as the experiences of European American immigrants to the state. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of field trips.