- Do you have a student in 4th-6th grade?
- Are you looking for an online US history class?
- Are you looking for a teacher to provide all pacing and guidance for your student?
- Do you use the literature approach in your homeschool?
If you answered yes to these questions, explore our Early American History and Geography class, taught by Ms. Lynn!
In this class, students will read four amazing literature books. Scroll down to see reviews of the books used in this class.
- The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
- River Runs Deep by Jennifer Bradbury
- Bull Run by Paul Fleischman
- Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
“This one was important to me, as a child.~ Althea Ann’s review on Goodreads
Beyond presenting historical facts, I felt that it really let me understand the true horror of the slave trade.”
“River Runs Deep is a gripping historical fiction read based in Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. You’ll travel back to 1843 with a 12 year old boy named Elias who has consumption and has been sent to Mammoth Cave for its claimed healing properties. There are a number of other patients who are quite ill as well as slaves who take care of the patients and give tours to visitors of the many tunnels and sites. But Mammoth Cave also has a secret…a secret that if revealed would put many people in danger. And Elias is the one secret holder that can save or condemn these lives.
This is a very intriguing story that had me searching the internet for more tidbits of information. Great read!”
~Jan, High Plains Library District review on Goodreads
“In this brilliant fictional tour de force, which the New York Times called “a deft, poignant novel,” Newbery Medal-winning author Paul Fleischman re-creates the first great battle of the Civil War from the points of view of sixteen participants.
Northern and Southern, male and female, white and black. Here are voices that tell of the dreams of glory, the grim reality, the hopes, horror, and folly of a nation discovering the true nature of war.”~ From Goodreads (link)
“…I am 8 years old, and this is the best book that I have read in my whole life! Something about this book, just makes you feel how they treated people that were a different color back then…I was up at 11 o’clock at night reading this book! The more and more I read the closer and closer I felt to this book”Read this review from Ramona on Goodreads
Besides the reading, what else be covered in the class?
In addition to reading these books, students will put together an interactive map covering various historical people and events. Here is an example of that map.
Each semester there will be one to two projects, where students will present information they have learned. If your family has not gotten to US history…don’t put it off any longer!