DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 219
September 12, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Online United States History Course Beginning November 3, 2008
History Connects, an interactive online course for
The class will be offered on the Internet at http://historyconnects.pwnet.org/. Registration may be completed online at that website. Teachers may register from September 22 through October 17, 2008, and the class starts November 3, 2008. The course ends December 12, 2008. Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 teachers who sign up for license renewal points.
The goals of the course are as follows:
the events of 20th Century
analyzing what it means to be an American;
connecting economic, political, and social evolutions; and
providing lesson plans, resources, and links for classroom teachers.
The course consists of five components, each of which is expected to take approximately five hours. Each component includes activities, resource links, a discussion board, and quizzes. Videos also explain the subject matter being discussed. Teachers will find many ideas, resources, and links that will assist them in the classroom.
The course includes the following five topics:
Part I: Why Study United States History?;
Part II: What is an American?;
Part III: The Evolution of Revolution;
Part IV: Individualism and Community; and
J. Lawes, a professor of history at
For more information, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, history and social science, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.