We are very excited that you are interested in our year long Founding Fathers course. It is our goal that by completing the work in this course, students will have a strong working knowledge of the thoughts and ideas that our country was founded on. There are many exciting things to learn from the founders, both from their personal and political lives, and it is fascinating to see the differences in opinion they had, from the strong federalism of Alexander Hamilton to the equally strong ant-federalism of Thomas Jefferson. By immersing themselves in the thoughts and writings of these men, students will gain a greater understanding of the ideas that drove the founding of our country. Since they are reading unedited primary source material, students will be able to use their critical thinking skills and apply them to the information in front of them, rather than having answers spoon fed to them from a textbook.
This course is designed to meet the requirements of two high school credits, one for each semester. Each semester consists of fifteen lessons, each one focusing on a different founder. Every lesson contains a biography, selected works of the founder, various short assignments, longer essay questions, and a quiz.