American History (Sonlight)

This course is a literature-based approach to American history.  The first semester of this class will cover history before the Pilgrims through the mid-1800s, covering topics such as civilizations that lived in the United States before the Europeans arrived, challenges settlers faced as they came to a new land, the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, famous Americans like Pocahontas and Benjamin Franklin, and the Revolutionary War.

The second semester will cover American History from the Civil War through the late 20th Century, covering topics such as Westward Expansion, the Industrial Revolution, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, modern times, and heroes like Abraham Lincoln, William Wilberforce, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Wright brothers.

Students will need the following books for this class –

  • The Landmark History of the American People, Volume I
  • The Landmark History of the American People, Volume II
  • American History: A Visual Encyclopedia
  • Pedro’s Journal
  • In Search of the Source
  • Hero Over Here

Additional Read-Alouds and Readers will be suggested. Parents may choose to purchase their own copy or audio book version.  Students will be asked to present and share projects during class about information related to their reading.

Parents will have the option to choose a weekly schedule that works for their family.  Options will include:

  • Level A: Student assigned maps for Geography, personal readers according to reading level, and family read-alouds, which will be read by the parent or purchased on audio book. Individual projects, which may be presented to the class.
  • Level B: Assigned family read-alouds, which can be read by the parent or purchased on audio book.
  • Level C: Participate in class only with no outside homework.

Depending on the level of participation, students may benefit from History, Geography, Language Arts, Read-Alouds, and Readers.  Students will discover the foundation of the United States as we study the people, places, and events of American History in a 30-week course, meeting for 90 minutes a week.

Curriculum: Sonlight Intro to American History (One Year Condensed)

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Note: The six textbooks listed above are required for the class and can be purchased new for about $115.  Any additional read-alouds/audio books or readers suggested are optional purchases.  If parents prefer, textbooks can be purchased by the tutor and available on the first day of class for $130 which includes taxes and shipping.

 Class Homework requirements: Optional daily homework will be assigned based on the level of commitment.

Time: 10:45 – 12:15
Grades: 4-6
Class Fee: $360
Supply fee: $25
TutorMelanie Rickett

If the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom, we will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor will provide assignments to be completed weekly and supplies as needed to accompany lessons. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via live video streaming to review material and answer questions. Testing will be submitted and graded/corrected electronically. 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.