Alex Winkler - History

Alex Winkler

AP United States History, Government, Contemporary US Issues

Welcome to my classroom. I grew up just down the road in Gardner, KS and I graduated from Emporia State with my BSE in December of 2015. I did my student teaching at Spring Hill High School and I am very excited to now be here as a full time teacher. I am the Varsity Defensive Coordinator for the football team and I also coach the C Team Baseball Team.

In my spare time I enjoy hunting ducks, deer, and pheasant, fishing (especially for Largemouth Bass), watching and playing sports, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

My wife (who teaches at SHMS) and I live in Spring Hill with our daughter, and we couldn't be more excited to call this town and school district our home.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I am looking forward to a great year!

In Government we start the year looking at what government is. What are the different forms of government? What are different forms of political thought?  Who influences our government? We will also dive right in and be right there with our founding fathers as they help form this great nation. We will be right there with the minutemen as the "Shot Heard Round the World" is fired and the signers of the Declaration of the Independence pledge their lives to liberty. Over the course of the semester we dive into the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and how the three branches of government affect us. This is not a class where we just learn about what our government looks like. Rather, this semester long class is full of discussion on ideas, issues, and ideology, and how we as individuals get to shape the world we live in.

Advanced Placement United States History This is a year long course that covers the entirety of the history of the United States from the years before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World to the United States as a nation as it approaches our modern era. We will cover US History to 1877 before Christmas Break and cover US History from 1877-Present after Christmas Break. This class is designed to replicate a college level history class and will contain the same amount of work and rigor as one. While studying history in this course the student will:

  • Master a vast amount of historical knowledge of the United States as it pertains to its social, economic, and political history.
  • Develop and master the skills to read and understand college level texts.
  • Use a wide variety of historical data, primary sources, and history based text/media to understand, explain, debate, and discern historical thought, bias, and decision making.
  • Understand varying schools of historiography (historical thought as it pertains to events)
  • Convey historical themes through detailed research and explain them through informative writing.
  • Look at film/media/historical movies and analyzing historical bias, trends, connections, and changes over time!

Contemporary US Issues
We will be looking at the world around us, spending a lot of time on these two questions: Why and how are these issues present? What connections from these issues can we make to the past and our own personal lives?

Alex Winkler

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