Sixth Grade: The American Revolution and the Republic

  • Instructor Bryan C. Gersbeck
  • Code AH12
  • Student Ages 10–13
  • Term Spring Semester 2024
  • Day Thursday
  • Time 11:00 A.M.


This course focuses on the American Revolution and the diverse people and places on the North American continent. Students will examine various economic, social, and political characteristics of each colonial region. They will investigate the early interactions of Native Americans with Europeans and the competitions that developed among the European powers. They will also learn about the Atlantic Slave Trade and its forced diffusion of culture to the New World.

Students will learn the events that led to the American Revolution by being introduced to the battles, people, and documents that moved the United States forward. They will examine the outcome of the Revolution and the significant construction of the new constitution, and they will discuss the creeds and ideals that were established during the early Republic. They will gain an understanding of the important compromises that created the U.S. government and the balance of powers centered around federalism. Finally, by studying the westward expansion of the United States, the students will understand how the new nation exerted power over the French, Spanish, English, and Native peoples already living in North America.

Class Meetings: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Fall Semester: September 7 – December 14, 2023
Spring Semester:
January 11 – May 9, 2024

Student Support: The instructor is available via email and for special individual sessions with students as needed.

Feedback/Assessment: Students will be assessed on their written work.

Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet. Please have a working printer for special assignments.


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