American History

The study of history is a window into the past that provides an understanding of the present and the trajectory of our future. Plainly, it teaches us where we came from and where we are likely to be going. Also, history inspires us as we learn about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, in difficult circumstances, against incredible odds. As we study American history, we will explore the discovery and birth of a nation and all of the beauty and devastation within its 400 years.

Topics we will cover:

  • Early exploration and discoveries of the Americas
  • Native American History & Colonization
  • Independence, an American Revolution, & Constitution
  • Westward Expansion
  • Slavery in America
  • Civil War & Reconstruction
  • Industrial Age & Immigration
  • WWI, Women’s Suffrage, & Great Depression
  • WWII & The New Deal
  • Korean War
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Vietnam War Era
  • Booms and Busts of Modern History
  • The 21st Century Information Age


In this 32 week, 90min class we will explore American history from multiple perspectives in order to ensure a comprehensive knowledge of our country’s past. Students will receive a look at the military events, socio-political movements, economic cycles, and legal landmarks that mark our nation’s development.  In this multi-media approach, students will have the opportunity to watch videos, read literature excerpts about inspiring historical figures, develop a foundational timeline, and even engage in discussion and debate! It is my hope to avoid a boring lecture series, but instead, engage students in a way that they see how history is relevant to them today! Note: As we discuss difficult parts of history and attempt to relate historical events to modern dilemmas, the classroom will remain a safe space for learning and exploring for all students.

Required materials: Notgrass Exploring America (volumes 1 & 2). We will only cover the history portion of this curriculum, not the American Literature or Bible portion (However, these can be completed on your own to receive 2 additional High School credits).

Homework: weekly reading/ assignments for review and critical thinking (1-2 hours)

Time: 10:45-12:15
Grades: 9-12
Class Fee: $350
Supply fee: $50
Tutor: Jamie Reed

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, I 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. 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.