American History/ Civics

4:00pm-5:15pm Tuesdays     Ages 14-16


Who Loves New York?

 New York City and New York State will be our subjects, in all their glory and shame.  Boss Tweed, John Jay, Belle Moscowitz, David Dinkins, Peter Stuyvesant, and Bella Abzug will all have their moments in this class.  We’ll discuss why New York has become such an important (and self-important) place, and guess what the future might have in store for the region.  Students will read at home to support class conversations, and every student will be expected to research and write a paper.

Teacher: Joe Hatem

I have taught science, history, and writing at Different Directions since 2015.  I homeschooled with my two (now adult) daughters.  In addition to teaching classes for homeschoolers since 2004, I have taught and tutored students ranging from toddlers (supervising a summer program while working at a Montessori school), to junior high students (homework tutoring in a public school), to high school students (currently teaching four algebra classes), to college students (assistant teaching language classes), to grandparents (tutoring GED students through the Westchester Library System).  Teaching and learning are my favorite things to do

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Fall Term 2019: $350 12 days

Sept.10th, 17th, 24th Oct. 8th (field trip) 15th, 22nd (field trip) 29th Nov 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Dec 3rd, 10th, 17th

No Classes Oct. 1st Rosh Hashanah

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Winter Term 2020: $275 11 days

Jan 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, Feb 4th, 11th , 25th March 3rd. 10th. 17th, 24th


No Classes Feb. 18th Winter break

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Spring Term 2020: $275 10 days

March 31st, April 7th, 21st, 28th May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June 2nd, 9th 

No Classes April 14th Spring Break