United States History (Honors)
Taught by Phillip Kratzman
Chewonki’s U.S. history course is taught at the honors level and examines the social, economic, political, and cultural forces that have influenced the development of the United States through the dual lenses of Northern New England and Midcoast Maine. Particular attention is paid to the different ways that history can be constructed. Students have the chance to work with a variety of sources—both primary and secondary—while developing the critical thinking skills necessary to “connect the dots” between past and current events. Additionally history students steadily develop their research skills; the ability to form a persuasive argument; and to support their analysis with convincing evidence.
The fall semester examines themes that include the transatlantic trade and colonization; republican values and the Constitution; the impact of western expansion on people and land; and regionalism v. nationalism. The spring semester explores themes that include progressive reform and populist movements; war and peace in the 20th century; civil rights and civil conflict; and reading contemporary U.S. history using non-traditional texts.
A.P. United States History
Taught by Susan Feibelman
The AP U.S. History course taught at Chewonki adheres to the criteria established by the College Board, focusing on the development of students’ understanding of American history from approximately 1491 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of U.S. history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides seven themes (American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places. (Source: College Board, AP U.S. History Description, 2015)
This course is the equivalent to a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. The fall semester begins with the Colombian Exchange and continues through Reconstruction. The spring semester begins with the Gilded Age and concludes with contemporary topics in U.S. history.
To enroll in this course at Chewonki, students must also be enrolled in AP U.S. History at their sending school. In addition, students are expected to be able to read a college-level textbook and write expository essays that are structurally and grammatically correct.