Welcome to Minnesota History! Throughout your time in my classroom, I hope you find the classes interesting, informative and of course, fun! You will be working hard to develop new skills and understand new concepts throughout the year. I strongly believe in challenging students through a variety of activities that will make history “come alive”. This syllabus will give you information about how to become a productive member of my classroom, so that you can be the best student you can be! I am looking forward to what we can accomplish this year.
Students study Minnesota history and its government, placing the state and its people within the context of the national story. They engage in historical inquiry and study events, issues, and individuals significant to Minnesota history, beginning with the early indigenous people of the upper Mississippi River region to the present day. They examine the relationship between levels of government, and how the concept of sovereignty affects the exercise of treaty rights. They will learn about the unique role Minnesota played, and continues to play, in regional, national and global politics. Within these parameters, an emphasis will be placed on the “big picture” and importance of the events of the time period on the contemporary world (a.k.a. Why is this important? How does this affect my life?)