Guest Hollow's High School American History Curriculum Year One

Homeschool American History Curriculum

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American history is an important subject, especially for high schoolers. We've designed an engaging 2-year program that schedules in some terrific resources designed to get students enthusiastic about history! Our program is also built to help students not only understand what they are learning, but to also retain the material. Join the Guest Hollow family, and see why both parents and students LOVE our curricula! Please scroll down for information about the program.

Materials and resources

I've scheduled in a variety of colorful books and resources to make American history come to life!

Homeschool American History Curriculum books

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Question: What grade is this history curriculum for?

Answer: This history curriculum is for grades 9-12. The printable schedule also contains instructions on how to use this curriculum with a middle schooler and includes a list of book substitutions.

Question: What does this curriculum cover?

Answer: This history curriculum covers the years from about 1492 to 1899. Year 2 will cover 20th century American history. I split American history into two years to allow students enough time to really process and understand the topics instead of just skimming over them. It's my belief that one year isn't an adequate amount of study time for hundreds of years of history! Our curriculum doesn't crush everything into just one year, and it doesn't skimp on important issues!

In this program, AMERICAN history is covered. World history is touched on briefly in a few places, but what happened in North America is the focus. I will cover world history in a future curriculum.

Question: Is this curriculum Christian or secular?

Answer: I'm a Christian, but this curriculum is secular.

Question: I have a reluctant reader. How can we accomplish the reading assignments?

Answer: You can get the main text A Patriot's History of the United States in an audio book format. Many of the other books are also available in audio format. I've also scheduled in lots of engaging graphic novels & comics, which should be much easier (and fun) for students to read. Reluctant readers will also appreciate that many of the videos I schedule in cover the topics from the main text and other books (to help build comprehension and retention).

Question: If I buy all of those books, I'll spend a fortune! How can I afford this?

Answer: Borrow as many books as you can from the library. If you want to order them all, the cost will be similar to any other core or literature type curriculum, such as Sonlight, except you won't have to shell out tons of money for an instructor's guide! Please consider ordering through our links, as we get a small commission via Amazon. Your purchases through our links help our family business!

Most of the scheduled activities use inexpensive materials found in your home or from the grocery store. Please refer to the supply list that's provided when you purchase the curriculum. Also, most of the videos in the schedule are referenced on YouTube, even the ones in the resources list. Do a search online and see if they are!

You may also want to check the Guest Hollow High School History Facebook page to see if other families are offering their used books for sale.

Question: Why is your curriculum so different from most history curricula with all of those books and videos instead of just a textbook?

Answer: When I design curricula, I design it to be something *I* would love to learn and base my choices off of 20+ years of teaching my own children! Most kids don't retain a lot of what they learn solely from textbooks. Why? Because textbooks are often boring and kids can't relate what they are learning to real life. I've scoured through hundreds of books to find interesting stories and entertaining resources that bring learning to life and help students better understand American history. History is such an important subject! I want students to really comprehend and remember what they are learning!

Question: How do I assign grades?

Answer: Click here for a suggestion on how to assign grades.

Question: When will Year 2 be ready?

Answer: I will be working on the second year of this program as soon as the first year is posted. I anticipate it being finished by early 2019.

I do NOT make any guarantees about this curriculum. USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

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