HS+ Washington State History, Art and English (2020)

About this Course

This theme-based English course integrates reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking skills around assignments and activities focusing on Washington State History and Art. 

Topics include:

  • Individual Development And Identity
  • People, Places And Environments
  • Culture
  • Individuals, Groups & Institutions
  • Power, Authority And Governance
  • Civic Ideals And Practices
  • Production, Distribution And Consumption
  • Science, Technology And Society
  • Global Connections

This competency-based class allows students to work at their own pace, exit at a level appropriate to demonstrated skills and knowledge, and earn high school credits in English, Lab Science, and/or electives.

Culturally Responsive Approach

This course was intentionally developed to align with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical College’s vision, mission, values and strategic plan.  The Culturally Responsive Scorecard, developed by NYU Steinhardt, was a guiding document in the development of this course. Sincere efforts were made to develop culturally responsive curriculum that is inclusive of all students, with particular emphasis on highlighting the histories, experiences, and strengths of historically underserved populations.  Faculty planning to teach this course should review modules thoroughly prior to presenting material to students.  The HS+ Instructor Resource Guide provides resources and strategies that may be a useful starting place for faculty to address gaps in knowledge and confidence.

Course Outcomes

  • Identify central themes of and explain the relationship between eras in Washington State history.
  • Determine how ideas, events, people, and places interact with and shape dominant and marginalized narratives;
  • Read, comprehend, and evaluate preliminary, primary, and secondary source materials independently and proficiently;
  • Identify institutions and technology as central to the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services;
  • Explain how social movements led by systematically targeted groups have addressed root causes of problems in public and private sectors;
  • Demonstrate speaking, listening, writing, research, and other social studies skills using a variety of instructional methods.
  • Create counter-narratives to center students' cultural backgrounds, their communities, and their experiences as sources of expertise in the classroom.
  • Evaluate key ideals established in fundamental documents, including tribal treaties and the Washington State Constitution.
  • Analyze (access to) related power, privilege, and oppression as central to socioeconomic inequality and injustice.
  • Use appropriate tools to demonstrate how power imbalances can be corrected through individual and collective action and to create liberating social change.
  • Adapt appropriate social studies skills for critical reasoning, inquiry, and deliberation of complex public problems and social issues.

Throughout the course students demonstrate the following:

  • Reading anchor standard 2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. 
  • Reading anchor standard 3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
  • Reading anchor standard 10: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
  • Writing Anchor Standard 3:  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
  • Writing anchor standard 5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • Writing anchor standard 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • Speaking and Listening anchor standard 6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

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