Washington State History (Graduation Milestone)

Washington State History is being offered free this school year. However, you still need to apply. Please fill out our online application under Application Info. You will also need to go through our online orientation and short face to face orientation.

Course Description 

This quarter long course examines major events in Washington history, culture, and government. Students investigate the geography of the state, the cultures of its earliest peoples, and the impact of the creation of the Washington Territory. Students then focus on the challenges of statehood, Washington’s role during the Progressive Era and wartime period, and modern developments in the state’s economy and culture. Finally, students explore Washington's state, local, and tribal governments to help promote civic literacy. Throughout the course, themes such as social history, the effects of migration, the principles of a democratic government, and the relationship between humans and their environment are examined to allow students to draw connections between the past and the present, across cultures in Washington, and among multiple perspectives.

This course is designed for high school students who did not study Washington State history in middle school and need to complete the requirement for graduation. Middle school students should be enrolled in WA-Social Studies 7, which is a full-year course that also includes a study of Washington State history.

Units of Study
• Washington's Geography and Government
• Exploration and Territorial Growth
• Early Statehood
• Modern Washington
Course Features
• Each lesson begins with a warm-up activity that provokes student thinking and orients students toward the central concepts of the lesson.
• Lesson questions help students focus on big ideas.
• On-screen teachers use clear graphic organizers to present lesson goals and lesson organization in a student-friendly manner.
• In each lesson, students interact with multimedia stimuli, including maps, charts, graphs, photographs, and videos.
• Academic and domain-specific vocabulary is emphasized and studied in every lesson.
• Lessons contain interactive tasks to allow students to identify Washington’s geographic features and to model economic data.
• Lessons include reading and analysis of a variety of primary sources, including the Washington Constitution, the Point No Point Treaty, Narcissa Whitman’s letters, and Chief Joseph’s 1879 speech.
• Short writing assignments provide opportunities for students to write clearly and concisely on a variety of important historical and contemporary topics, such as the experiences of Scandinavian and Chinese immigrants and the effects of environmental legislation on the timber industry

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