Course: Multicultural US History (US History & Washington State History equivalent)
Edmonds School District: 1.0 high school credit meeting the US/Washington History requirements.
Edmonds College: Optionally, students may earn up to 10 quarter credits from Edmonds College through the College in the High School (CHS) program. Application, registration, and fees may be required.

Enduring Understandings

This course is a thematic study of the period between 1789 to the present, of the culturally diverse people and events that have shaped the course of the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Specific connections to Washington State history will be discussed in several units. This course meets both US and Washington State requirements for graduation. Unit assessments (tests) will provide multiple opportunities for students to complete state mandated in-course assessments on constitutional issues. The focus of this course is an examination of the rich cultural diversity of Washington State and the United States.

Unit name 


Approximate timelines

  1. Opening and basics

  • Getting to know you

  • Terminology & appropriate use of language

  • Syllabus

  • Skills Note-taking/Organization/Time Management

  • Initial assignment of yearlong of final exam

  • What is culture 

2-3 weeks

  1. 1619 foundations of the USA

  • Settler colonialism

  • Beginnings of slavery in the Americas 

  • French & Indian wars

2 weeks

  1. Race, culture & the US Constitution

  • Declaration of Independence

  • The role of the constitution in colonialism 

  • Land & NW Ordinances

  • Preamble to US Constitution

  • Individual rights v. general welfare

  • Role of the constitution regarding Native people; African Americans

2-3 weeks

  1. Expansion: The American Empire

  • Land empire/colonization/expansion

  • Louisiana Purchase

  • Sovereignty & Treaties with Indian tribes

  • Mexican American War & territorial aquisition

3-4 weeks

  1. Rebuilding the US post-war

  • Causes of the US Civil War

  • What was Reconstruction?

  • Failure of Reconstruction

3-4 weeks

  1. Reforms

  • Social Reforms

  • Political Reforms

  • Workplace Reforms

  • Women’s Reforms 

  • Economic Reforms

3-4 weeks

  1. US as an imperial power

  • Spanish American War

  • Filipino American War

  • Annexation of Hawaii

  • Is imperialism in agreement to or opposing the constitutional goals of the US?

4-5 weeks

  1. Civil Rights 

  • Emergence of a new movement

  • Legacy of Jim Crow
    New Deal for who?

3-4 weeks

  1. Final project

Contemporary America

4-6 weeks (actually the entire year)





Late Work/Make-Up Policy

Late work may be graded at half the value of earned points. All paper assignments are due at the beginning of class. Assignments and participatory work may not be re-done. Only selected assessments may be redone, and only if all work (both graded and ungraded) relating to that work have been successfully completed.

Copying, Cheating, and Plagiarism

Students are expected to do their own work. The definition of cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying or lending assignments; communicating, in any way, during a test; using notes in a situation where notes are not acceptable; plagiarism (the intentional or unintentional failure to give clear credit to the author of any word/ideas not your own) in any form (individual/group work). Because these types of behavior involve submitting others work, credit cannot be given for copied or plagiarized work. Also, because assignments, participatory activities, and exams may not be re-submitted, copying, cheating, and plagiarism will result in loss of credit for those assignments, activities, projects, and/or exams.


All school attendance policies apply in this class. Show up promptly during scheduled class periods and stay in class until you are dismissed. If errors are noted by students or parents, they must be reported promptly (1-2 days).

Classroom Disruptions (The Rules)

We are here to learn. Behavior that distracts from the learning of any student are not acceptable. It is necessary to demonstrate respect for other students, teachers, and the classroom space. If we all demonstrate this respect for each other and our classroom, there will be no problems. All school wide rules (such as mobile phones) apply to this room. Most of these rules are covered in your student handbook. Others, such as masking and social distancing requirements are still rapidly changing and evolving. Please make every effort to keep up with these changes.

Mobile phones MUST be stored in a backpack or bag during class. Note, other mobile devices such as earphones, and/or smart watches are included with this. While there are no restrictions on headwear, I may ask to see your ears to check for electronic earbuds. This applies to wrists (watches) as well.