Early American History: Exploring Alternate Perspectives Through Literature

Spring Semester (15 weeks, January 9-May 5)

“The class is amazing, jam-packed with great facts and information on American history. The class offers a great selection of literature titles that offer an opportunity to examine American history from a different perspective. My daughter and I have learned so much!

– Rania E., homeschool mom

Ages: Grades 5-6

Class date and time: Thursdays 10 AM (75 minutes)

Spring semester: $390 (15 weeks, $50 discount for private pay)


Instructor: Lynn Haselton, PhD

Payment*: Square store or Venmo classes@carriershellcurriculum.com

  • Students who sign up for this class are committing to two semesters, fall and spring.
  • If paying privately, the class price with the discount is $340 for spring.
  • Payment or deposit (charter families), must be completed within 24 hours of registering.
  • Payment link below or Venmo: classes@carriershellcurriculum.com

Questions? Registration issues or questions for Lynn. Here is a recent blog article about Lynn.

Course Description

We will explore significant events in early American history in the years between 1492 and 1880, with an emphasis on the perspective of marginalized groups.  For this literature based class, I chose historical fiction titles that inspire empathy for peoples that have been typically underrepresented in traditional American history courses.  In the fall semester students will learn about colonization and westward expansion.  In the spring semester we will move on to slavery and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Interactive Map

Much learning in the class is student-led.  Students will be asked to frequently engage in directed independent research and share their discoveries with the class. As part of these research efforts, we create an interactive class map that marks important locations in American history and illustrates the evolving geography of the expanding nation.  Additionally, there will be a mix of creative hands-on projects and writing assignments

Hands-on Project Samples

Class FAQs

Over the course of the year, what topics will be covered?

  • Native Americans
  • Colonization
  • The American Revolution
  • The Constitution
  • Westward Expansion
  • Enslavement of Africans 
  • The Underground Railroad
  • African American Coded Spirituals
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Jim Crow South

Do you take California charter funds?

  • Yes, we do!
  • See our Service Vendorship list for an up-to-date list of charters.
  • Purchase Order (PO) instructions can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • A $25 deposit required to hold spot. The deposit will be refunded when PO arrives, subject to our refund policy.

What are the required books and materials?

Textbook: History Quest: United States by (available as a digital book, audiobook, and a physical book)

School Supplies: List coming soon!


  • Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose (link)
  • One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale (link)
  • How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle (link)


What is the semester schedule?

  • Fall: September 12 – December 16 [13 weeks of class with 1 week off for Thanksgiving Break]
  • Spring: January 9 – May 5 [15 weeks of class with 2 weeks of break(s): Off weeks – February 20-24 and April 3-7]

What are your registration and cancellation policies?

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CHARTER SCHOOL PURCHASE ORDER INSTRUCTIONS for Early American History: Exploring Alternate Perspectives Through Literature

Spring 2023

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