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America's Founding Documents

3 Credits
This online course will explore the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States. Historical contexts, personalities, and debates in the development of these documents will be studied. The contents, implications, and changing roles of these documents throughout our history will be examined, incuding present-day impact on American life. Assignments have been developed to align with Common Core Standards for literacy and writing in History/Social Science. Students will engage in lesson development aligned to state and Common Core standards appropriate for student grade levels taught.

NOTE: Required books must be acquired separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.