American History With The AMERICAN GIRLS

Do you love history? If not, you may have been taught history by memorizing dates and facts in a way that was boring. History is not boring! We do our kids an injustice when we teach it in a boring way. History is exciting, scary, funny and bizarre. And it is important. It teaches us where we come from and where we are likely to be going. It allows us to learn not only from our mistakes, but also from the mistakes of others. It inspires us as we learn about ordinary men, women and children who do great things, often in difficult circumstances against great odds. And it lets us know that we are not alone, that others have succeeded in similar circumstances.

In this 30 week, 1-1/2 hour class we will explore American history using the American Girl historical books. I love these books because they allow us to put ourselves in a past time and imagine what life was like. In this class we will explore America from the time Native Americans were the main inhabitants to modern times. We will use the American Girl books as our “textbook.” In addition to history, we will discuss literature, learn the 50 states and capitals, make period crafts, play games and sample food from America’s past.

Highlights of the year include a Victorian Tea, complete with manners, and a field trip to Chucallissa Native American Village. The goal will be to have additional field trips and movie nights outside of class. Students are given opportunities to develop their creative writing and presentation skills throughout the year and are given the opportunity to learn note-taking skills through fill-in-the-blank history sheets for each week’s lesson. Students will earn tickets for class participation, completed reading assignments, bringing materials to class, etc. that they can spend in the General Store which happens 4 times during the year. Students will need access to the “Meet” American Girl books or other historical books related to the time period. You can purchase these or they are available through the library.

Class Homework requirements: Students may participate as little or as much as they desire. Homework is estimated to take between 1-2 hours a week


TIME:  10:45-12:15
SUPPLY FEE: $60  Students will need a3 ring binder.
TUTOR: Michelle Stevens

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, we will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. Supplies will be provided for class projects that can be completed at home. Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin classroom meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation resolves.