So I've been trying for years to get a new elective at my high school based on Long Island's history. Finally, I got my union to agree to let me teach an additional period / day since we're under contract for 6 periods only. Anyway, I talked to my director and as much as I disagree with her on most things, she agreed to let me plan the course to run for the second semester of this school year as a "test run." The basic premise of the course is the history of Long Island from the Indian Tribes to its current problems (from overdevelopment to political scandals). I've organized it (so far) as: Unit 1 - Geography and Early History (Native Americans) Unit 2 - Long Island during the Rev War thru 1900 Unit 3 - The Foundation of the "Gold Coast" Unit 4 - LI During the Wars Unit 5 - LI: The Epitome of Suburbia Unit 6 - Dealing with Post-War Issues The course will probably run every other day since it's an elective, which means I'll be working with 45 days. If you were learning about your region, what would spike your interest? What would you like to learn about? I know what I like, but I'm also fascinated with the LI parkway system--something most people could care less about.