Early American History and Geography, A Literature Approach – Spring Semester

Spring: Slavery and the Civil War (15 weeks, Feb. 1 – May 27, 2022)

Ages: Grades 4-6

Semester tuition: $345 ($50 discount for private pay)

If privately paying, the class price with the discount is $295.

Payment link below or Venmo: classes@carriershellcurriculum.com


Instructor: Lynn Haselton, PhD


Tuesday: 3 openings

Thursday: CLOSED

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  • Payment or deposit (charter families), must be completed within 24 hours of registering.

Class length: 75 minutes

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Course Description

We will explore significant events in North America and the nascent United States in the years between 1492 and 1880. I chose many of the literature titles to inspire empathy for peoples that have been typically underrepresented in traditional American history courses. In the first semester students will think about the Native American perspective on colonization and westward expansion. In the second semester we will learn about slavery and the African American experience up through the Civil War (and Reconstruction, if we have time.) There will be some overlap in the timelines between the first and second semesters.

Each week students will be assigned reading from the selected novel, as well as independent research on an assigned historic topic. Some weeks I will give specific website links to information for the assignments. In class students will share what they learned from their research, and we will discuss the novel within this newly shared knowledge. We will create together a group timeline and a group map. Students will get the most out of the weekly discussions if they read the assigned part of the novel before class. There will be a brief writing assignment each semester, as well as a hands-on project.

Weekly reading assignments will be posted in Google Classroom. Each student needs to have his or her own Google login. We will use Zoom for our weekly meetings.

Class FAQs

What are the required books and materials?

  • Both Semesters: DK Smithsonian Children’s Encyclopedia of American History (available here)
  • Fall Semester (available on amazon.com or your favorite independent bookstore):
    • Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
    • One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale
    • My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
    • How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle
    • Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (optional, class read aloud)
  • Spring Semester (all of the books except River Runs Deep are also available as audiobooks)
    • The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
    • River Runs Deep by Jennifer Bradbury
    • Bull Run by Paul Fleischman
    • Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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What is the semester schedule?

Here is a link to the yearly schedule.

If I have 2 students in this age range, do I need to pay and enroll both?

Yes. both students will need to be enrolled.

What are your registration and cancellation policies?

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CHARTER SCHOOL PURCHASE ORDER INSTRUCTIONS for Early American History and Geography, A Literature Approach

Spring 2022

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Fall 2021

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