American History I:
Uncover the rich treasures of American History
Live the thrilling story of America, from before Columbus to modern times.
Guide your children with confidence; this Package provides daily plans and complete materials for the entire year.
Examine events, people and debates that have molded the United States.
Cheer on patriots who stood for freedom and justice … and evaluate America’s missteps with open eyes.
Watch your children read, write, discuss and grow as students.
You’ve studied American History before; now it’s time to go deeper. ?Move chronologically to discover fascinating empires before Columbus. See why Benedict Arnold became a traitor. Meet the founding fathers who dared to create a Constitution that has become the model for countries around the world. Walk with courageous Sacajawea as she navigates the adventure of a lifetime. Survive WWII with a Japanese-American family in a California internment camp. See the daily struggles of normal African Americans who courageously changed history through the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Level I takes you deeper into the complex fabric of American society. Meet Americans who lived such different lives: former slaves who established a new town in Canada, teenagers who fought in the Civil War, miners who searched for gold in the Idaho Territory, Chinese immigrants who tunneled through mountains, Irish immigrants who survived the Great Depression and more. This curriculum goes far beyond historical highlights and uncovers the fascinating ups and downs of our nation’s story.
The Package includes:
Parent & Student Guides
Includes a 36-Week, 4-Day?schedule designed to save one day a week for co-ops, music lessons, sports, field trips or other extra-curricular activities. Includes map answer keys, discussion questions and answers as well as background notes to help you and your children get the most from the books. For a 3-week sample of the Parent Guide check out the Samples Tab. (Includes 2 Parent Guides and 2 Student Guides, one of each for History and one of each for Literature & Language Arts).
History & Geography
Joy Hakim’s award-winning series A History of US provides the foundation to the story of our nation with interesting text, photos, and illustrations. Several other books great books make up the history portion such as Before Columbus, Freedom Walkers, Sacajawea and more. You’ll also find that we include supplemental notes in the Student and Parent Guides with additional details to help balance out points made in the books.
If you don’t already have the 3″ Binder with tabs or Timeline Book used in previous years or you’d like to purchase them again you can add them using the Customize Tab.
The itemized list below is for the standard (default) version of this package and does not reflect changes made in any option menus above.
History & Literature
History I Parent Guide | Ages 13-15 (IHB-PG)
Before Columbus (120-03)
The Boy’s War (120-04)
Freedom Walkers (120-06)
The Great Little Madison (120-07)
Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution (120-08)
World War II (120-09)
Dragon’s Gate (120-19)
Farewell to Manzanar (120-25)
A History of US – Complete Paperback Set (120-34)
What Is the Panama Canal? (120-50)
History I Student Guide | Ages 13-15 (IHB-SG)
Literature & Language Arts
Bound for Oregon (130-20)
Is BookShark’s History of Science a History or Science program?
The History of Science can be used as both! The program studies scientific advancement chronologically, covering much of world history from ancient Sumerians to modern times. The science concepts are covered in great detail, with heavy emphasis on physics and chemistry. It provides an excellent platform for young students to develop an application based understanding of chemistry, physics and advanced math.
Does the literature integrate with the History reading?
With the highly academic nature of the History program, we chose to surround it with classical literature and daily poetry reading. There is historical literature that ties to the History, but the Language Arts literature does not.
Is this a High School level program?
Yes, it can be used as a High School program! The History and Literature is designed for ages 13-15 and can be used as an eighth grade to High School level program.
Can I use this package with both my children?
Yes, you can! Your students will be able to share most of the resources in the package including the Timeline Book.
Not sure if this is the right fit? Please review the options below to find a package that will work for both of your children:
Ages 10-13 | Level 5 All-Subject Package
Ages 11-13 | Level 6 All-Subject Package
Ages 12-14 | Level 7 All-Subject Package
Ages 14-16 | American History & Literature 100
If there is more than a three year age difference between your children, we recommend that you purchase a separate package for each student.
What are the “Required Resources” and why are they required?
The Required Resources includes a big binder with 36 week tabs for your Instructor’s Guides, The Timeline Book, a reusable Markable Map, and a set of wet-erase markers. These resources will be reused in almost every level of our History program and can be shared by multiple students. You will be given the option to purchase these items every time you buy an All-Subject or Reading with History Package, but you only need to buy it once.
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