US History is a 30 week, two-semester high school course that traces early American history through the present day. This course goes beyond memorization of isolated facts, encouraging students to make historical assessments and evaluations. We will discover together the events that shaped our country with the aid of this exceptional curriculum. Class time will be very interactive and we will use our time wisely as we delve into amazing, courageous and sometimes tragic US History!
In the first semester, students will explore early American History through Reconstruction. The second semester journeys into the present day. Students will place our nation’s history into a larger context by making Biblical connections and reading, reviewing, and discussing a variety of classic American literature.
Students will develop advanced skills in reading primary and secondary sources. Discussion will be a regular part of class, and there will opportunities for oral presentations and essays.
Each unit contains complementary readings in American literature. Parents can elect for students to earn English credit by adding the full literary analysis and composition/grammar component at home (literary analysis and research assignments are included in the Student Review book). This class will cover a sampling of the assigned literature (booklist below). Similarly, Bible readings are included with each unit. While the daily Bible readings aren't required for class, they are encouraged and are great for home study. This course will give your student 1 full History credit and if you chose to add the rest of the English & Bible components they can earn a full credit in English and Bible as well!
Required Curriculum, from Notgrass:
Exploring America Part 1: Columbus Through Reconstruction by Ray Notgrass, ISBN 978-1-60999-066-4
Exploring America Part 2: Late 1800s To The Present, ISBN 978-1-60999-067-1
American Voices: Original Documents, Speeches, Poems, Stories, And Hymns From American History, ISBN 978-1-60999-068-8
Exploring America Student Review, ISBN 978-1-60999-070-1
Exploring America Quiz & Exam Book, ISBN 978-1609990756
Since both textbooks are non-consumable, siblings in same class could technically opt to share those books. The Student Review book is also non-consumable and could potentially be shared between siblings. Families may also purchase extra copies of the Quiz and Exam Book and Student Review book for additional students, rather than buying multiple Student Review Packs.
*These books can be checked out from a local library, or purchased new or used from a variety of online or in-store booksellers. Please note that Miracle in the Hills
is always available for purchase from Notgrass.
A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett
by Himself, ISBN 978-0-8032-6325-3
Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe, ISBN 978-0-486-44028-6
by Sam R. Watkins, ISBN 978-0-7432-5541-7
Mama’s Bank Account
by Kathryn Forbes, ISBN 978-0-15-656377-2
Miracle in the Hills
by Mary T. Martin Sloop M.D., ISBN 978-1985226609
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee, ISBN 978-0060935467