Exploring America Curriculum Package
Exploring America is an American history high-school curriculum that combines history, literature, and Bible in an enjoyable, easy-to-implement format of 150 daily lessons that include the history text and the reading assignments for that day.
Can Qualify for One to Three High-School Credits
Completing the full course provides your child with a year’s high school credit in American History, English (literature and composition), and Bible. If that proves to be too heavy of a course load for your child, we suggest he ignore the literature portion and devote his energies to understanding the history section, which involves reading the teen-friendly lessons, and the original source documents and speeches.
Sourcing the Literature Books
If you do choose to utilize the literature portion, you’ll be glad to know that the required titles are books you may already have or can easily obtain from your local library. However, they are also conveniently available for purchase on the website of the publisher, the Notgrass Company. You can see the full list of titles below, in the publisher’s information.
Designed to be easy-to-use for parent and student, each of the 30 weekly units in Exploring America has an introduction that features a summary of the material covered, a list of lessons, books required for that unit, and suggested writing assignments. Each of the 150 daily lessons (five lessons per week) includes the history text and the reading assignments for that day (and those in progress). A focused student can direct his own study, and the parent can offer as much interaction as needed. Depending on how fast your child reads and how much time he spends on the weekly project, he may need an average of 2-3 hours for each daily lesson.
Exploring America presents history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. Each unit includes a Bible study highlighting spiritual issues related to history. It is comprehensive, giving students a survey of events and issues from European exploration to the war on terror, with extensive coverage of the twentieth century.
The Exploring America Curriculum Package includes three books:
Part 1: Columbus through Reconstruction (first semester)
Part 2: Late 1800s through the Present (second semester)
American Voices: A Collection of Documents, Speeches, Essays, Hymns, Poems, and Short Stories from American History (assigned readings)
Completing the full course provides your child with a year's high school credit in American History, English (literature and composition), and Bible. The History credit involves reading the lessons and the original documents and speeches (and answering the questions in the optional Quiz & Exam Pack if desired). The English credit involves completing the weekly writing assignments and one research paper; and reading the assigned literature, poems, and short stories in American Voices. The Bible credit involves reading the Bible lessons, completing the Bible assignments at the end of many lessons, and reading the hymns and other religious literature assigned. A weekly assignment checklist and a grading chart are available for you to print out.
In addition to the assigned readings from American Voices, the curriculum also assigns the following twelve works of literature. Specific page numbers are not assigned, so you do not have to use a particular edition.
Units 2-3: The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Units 6-7: Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (David Crockett)
Unit 8: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass)
Units 9-11: Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
Units 12-13: Co. Aytch (Sam Watkins)
Unit 15: Humorous Stories and Sketches (Mark Twain)
Units 16-17: In His Steps (Charles Sheldon)
Unit 18: Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)
Unit 19: Mama's Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes)
Units 20-21: Miracle in the Hills (Mary T. Martin Sloop and LeGette Blythe)
Units 22-23: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Unit 27: The Giver (Lois Lowry)
Exploring America Part 1
Contains 75 lessons.
Exploring America Part 2
Contains 75 lessons.
A collection of original documents, poems, stories, speeches, and hymns from American history.
Download PDF Sample Pages:
Exploring America Part 1
Exploring Student Review Pack Sample
Guide for Parents
Comparison of Exploring America and America the Beautiful
Media: Hardcover Book
ISBN: 9781609990664, 9781609990688, & 9781609990671
Typical High School Credits Earned: 1 credit American history, 1 credit Bible
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