• About the Course

    Welcome to American History I! In this course, we will be learning about the History of the United States from indigenous settlement through the Civil War and Reconstruction. This course explores history as an open, evolving field with many questions left for us to work together to answer. We will look at how history is told--and how it isn’t told. We will think critically and discuss the power of historical narrative while researching voices from the past that are not always heard.

    Contacting the Teacher

    Feel free to email Mr. Bodo at bodot@gcsnc.com.  Parents and students will typically receive a response within 24 hours during the work week.  Moreover, both sections of American History 1 have course websites with ALL assignments and course resources uploaded daily:

    About Mr. Bodo

    I grew up in eastern North Carolina and have spent the past few years living in Durham. I have a long and eclectic work history, starting with my first job cleaning buses at age 12. Since then, I’ve been a camp counselor, deckhand on a commercial passenger vessel, sailboat fleet repairman, sailing instructor, Teaching Assistant/Counselor at the NC Governor’s School, wilderness trip leader, standardized test scorer, line assembler, bicycle mechanic, barista, transportation planning intern, and professional theater technician (to name a few). Somewhere in the midst of all that I graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in History and Geography and completed the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Duke University. I taught several years at Riverside High School in the Durham Public Schools system. I currently teach in the Social Studies Department at Ragsdale High School in Guilford County Schools.

    I have a wide range of interests and like to stay busy. I love reading, camping, sailing, gardening, cooking, eating, fixing stuff, riding my bike, and hanging out with my cat. Despite all of my different interests and lines of work, I have always dreamed of teaching Social Studies. I absolutely love this subject and believe that its study has the power to change our world for the better.


    2018-2019 Class Schedule

    Fall Semester
    1st Period: Honors American History 1
    2nd Period: American History 1
    3rd Period: American History 1
    Lunch: 3rd
    4th Period: Planning

    Spring Semester
    1st Period: Honors American History 1
    2nd Period: Honors American History 1
    3rd Period: Planning
    Lunch: N/A
    4th Period: American History 1

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