The American History for Educators Series: The American Revolution

  • CPE Course #20120157

    Upcoming Session Dates

    March 4 - April 1, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is February 21, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU #10 office on or before February 21, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after February 21, 2019.

    April 4 - May 1, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is March 28, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before March 28, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after March 28, 2019.

    May 4 - May 31, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is April 23, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before April 23, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after April 23, 2019.

    June 3 - June 26, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is May 21, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before May 21, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after May 21, 2019.

    June 29 - July 22, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is June 19, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before June 19, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after June 19, 2019.

    July 25 - August 17, 2019

    Registration deadline for this session is July 16, 2019. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before July 16, 2019. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after July 16, 2019.

    Course Description

    This three-credit graduate level course is designed to provide educators with an in-depth exploration of the American Revolutionary period up until the Bill of Rights was ratified (1763-1791), and how they can use this knowledge not only when teaching social studies, but to implement cross-curricular lessons in all subject areas consistent with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. This is an online Moodle class, and each session contains a series of lessons, videos, written responses, and other activities.

    This course, which lasts approximately 30 days, will be completed strictly online using the Moodle platform. The instructor for this course is Agolino Educational Services. Pending receipt of payment, participants will receive an email from Agolino Educational Services containing their log-on information the night before the course begins.

    Participants who successfully complete all requirements of this course will earn Three (3) PDE Graduate Level Credits, equal to 90 Act 48 Hours.

    Participants will be able to:

    • analyze and discuss the new problems that the British government faced in governing its colonies after 1763. 
    • classify how the colonists answered the British arguments that they should help pay the cost of protecting the empire and themselves.
    • contrast how the British government and the colonies differed on the issue of representation of the colonies in Parliament.
    • list, identify, and discuss three actions taken by the First Continental Congress in response to the Intolerable Acts.
    • delineate the preparations that some colonists had made by early 1775 to defend themselves from attack by the British.
    • evaluate why most delegates to the Second Continental Congress had a conservative, rather than a radical, view of colonial relations with Great Britain.
    • list, identify, and discuss the main arguments for and against the final break with Great Britain in 1776.
    • describe why the theory of government presented in the Declaration of Independence was significant.
    • list, analyze, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each side in the Revolutionary War.
    • explain why it was necessary for the individual colonies to organize new governments during the Revolutionary War.
    • justify why the new state constitutions provided for a bill or rights, separation of powers, and separation of church and state.
    • outline why the 13 states entered into a confederation.
    • list, identify, and discuss the three major weaknesses of the central government under the Articles of Confederation.
    • the delegates to the Constitutional Convention reached compromises to settle their differences on four important issues.  Describe each of the issues, present the different points of view on each issue, and discuss the compromises at which the delegates finally arrived.
    • describe the process by which the Constitution was to be ratified. 
    • explain why George Washington was unanimously elected as the first President of the United States.
    • deduce why the framers of the Constitution feared "an excess of democracy".
    • analyze why the framers of the Constitution were especially interested in protecting civil liberties. 
    • recognize why the framers of the Constitution provided for an amendment process, and why they made their process a difficult one.

    Graduate Level Requirements

    Act 48 requires 42 hours of instruction plus 48 hours of out-of-class activity including a course project. Participants' out-of-class assignments include but are not limited to:
    • completing activities that incorporate the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
    • completing a final examination assessing their knowledge and application of course content.
    • creating a research project presentation that will elaborate on a important person or event during American Revolution.

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