Welcome to American Studies. This interdisciplinary course blends English 3 and U.S. History in order to provide a rich exploration of the American experience through both history and literature. Students in both the AP-level and Grade Level sections of American studies will analyze literary and historical texts in order to develop a sophisticated understanding of American history and culture while growing into critical thinkers who effectively use language to communicate ideas.
What makes this course different from the other English 3 and US History courses available at Austin High? Both the AP-level and Grade Level sections will focus on making connections between the two disciplines and to the ACS and AGS pillars of learning. In addition, service learning, civic engagement, and travel experiences will be integrated throughout the year to develop well-rounded, responsible, and virtuous global citizens ready to embrace the challenges students will face as they partake of the human experience that is high school.
American Studies is available for the Academy of Classical Studies and the Academy of Global Studies students. The "American Studies" model requires English and History be aligned. AP-level and grade level courses must be taken together which means you may not take an AP-level class combined with a grade level class for English or US History!
📒 DO FIRST WEEK Individual and Shared School Supplies: Check the syllabi for your English and History classes. Pick up the suggested supplies
📕 DO FIRST WEEK Download APUSH Textbook: We will use an online textbook, which can also be downloaded for easier access.
US History Teacher & Technology Wizard
English Teacher & Wordsmith Extraordinaire
English Teacher & Citation Guru
remind - AP
remind - GL
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